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20 August, 2010

cockroach problem in your place? try eucalyptus

Unlike Don who lives in beautiful Boston, picturesque Quincy, Sydney has a lot of cockroaches, particularly during summer times.

According to cleaning guru Julie Finch-Scally who appeared on Channel 7 Sunrise two days ago, eucalyptus oil is a handy solution to get rid of cockroaches around the places. After cleaning the floor with regular cleanser or vinegar for wooden floor, just add half a capful of eucalyptus oil in the floor washing bucket, and it will make the floor smell nice. (One capful can make the floor slippery.) She shared with us that adding half capful of eucalyptus oil will keep cockroaches as cockroaches can't really walk on the oil, and they don't like the smell.

As for the cracks in the walls and holes where drains came through in the cupboards, just take a cotton ball and wipe it with eucalyptus oil. However, you will need to re-wipe it every 3-4 months.

Also to keep the fridge and microwave oven smell nice, you can use vanilla essence. Just pour out some on a plate, and leave it in fridge or microwave oven. Only the real one works, not the imitation one. Eucalyptus can also purify the smell of fridge and microwave oven.

I will give eucalyptus oil a try.

Unlike Don, I have no problem with such low-tech remedies on getting rid of insects. The apple cider vinegar has been working extremely well on trapping fruit flies. The house has about 8 to 10 fruit fly traps.

related blog entry:
fruit flies everywhere? vinegar is the solution (11 February, 2010)

Posted by Antony on 20 August 2010 11:19 PM |

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