There are all kinds of home remedies for keeping your house pest-free, and essential oils are a big player. If you want to repel some roaches, a little peppermint oil is surprisingly effective. Photo by Ted and Dani Percival.
A mix of peppermint oil and white vinegar is a solid go-to for repelling several pests, especially spiders. But research from Auburn University suggests the mix is good for the peskiest of pests too. To make your own cockroach deterrent spray, Brittney Morgan at Apartment Therapy recommends dropping 10 drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle filled with two parts water, one part white vinegar. Spritz it around cupboards, under the sink, in the bathroom and anywhere else that roaches might want to hang out. You can also use straight peppermint oil to wipe down countertops. Not only will it keep pests away, it will smell nice too. Keep in mind, however, that this won't kill roaches. If you have a serious infestation, get an exterminator to take care of them first, then use this spray to keep them from coming back.
3 Non-Toxic Tips for Ridding Your Home of Roaches [Apartment Therapy]