Six All-Natural Solutions for Getting Rid of Cockroaches at Home

Are you fed up with seeing cockroaches scuttling across your kitchen floor or under your washing machine? Well, you're in luck! Here are 7 simple tricks to quickly expel these pesky pests from your house without the use of hazardous chemicals.


Repel cockroaches without using chemicals

1 Mint leaf or menthol

A study conducted by the University of Iowa (USA) in 1990, which was shared by the Ehow news site, reveals that the scent of mint is highly effective in repelling cockroaches. To ward off cockroaches in areas where they are commonly found, you can:

  • Place a set of mint leaves.
  • Spray menthol. Alternatively, you can mix menthol with saltwater or white vinegar water to create a solution against cockroaches.
  • Spray mint tea, which is also highly effective. Avoid adding sugar to the mint tea.

Peppermint leaves or menthol

2 Bay leaves

Here’s how you can use bay leaves to repel cockroaches in your house:

Bay leaf

Rub 7-10 bay leaves in water and clean your house as usual. When cockroaches catch the scent, they will quickly flee from your house!

3 Breadfruit

Breadfruit trees, laden with fruit, can be found not only in the countryside but also in certain areas of Saigon. When you come across such a tree, bring one or a few breadfruits home.


Place the breadfruit in areas frequented by cockroaches. The scent emitted by the breadfruit will not only repel cockroaches but also give your home a pleasant aroma.

4 Onions

Just like humans, cockroaches can’t stand the pungent smell of onions. Here’s what you can do:

Onions can repel cockroaches

Chop an onion and place it in areas frequented by cockroaches or near the kitchen. Cockroaches will have no choice but to leave immediately!

5 Seasoning powder

Create a mixture of seasoning powder, including garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, and ground black pepper. Place this mixture on a plate in corners where cockroaches frequent.

Chili powder, pepper, onion mixture

Note that this method may cause inconvenience as the powder can disperse when the wind blows. Consider the location before implementing this method, or place the mixture in a corner away from the wind.

6 Alum

Try cleaning the floor with alum water to repel cockroaches and ants. Here’s what you need to do:

  • First, dissolve the alum in hot water.
  • Next, use a cloth soaked in alum water to clean the desired area. Once the floor is dry, the white alum will crystallize and get deposited in the crevices of the floor.

Alum is used to repel cockroaches

7 Peels of oranges, lemons, grapefruits

When consuming fruit juice, you can repel cockroaches by utilizing the fruit peels. Follow these steps:

  • Dry the peels of lemons, oranges, or grapefruits.
  • Place the peels in areas where cockroaches often gather.

This method not only repels cockroaches effectively but also fills the air with a pleasant fruit aroma.

Peel of orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit

After referring to these 7 ways to get rid of cockroaches without using chemicals, you can choose the most effective method for your home. Good luck!

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