Homemade Spider Repellents


If you are not a fan of spiders and are looking for ways to get rid and repel them, then check out the list of homemade spider repellents below! I will share spider repellent recipes you can make at home, and use for keeping those spiders away!

When the weather is cold outside, spiders will come in through cracks and under doors. When it is warm weather, they sneak in to find a cool place to stay. So all year round you may find that you are battling to keep spiders out of your home!

Did you know that a fear of spiders is one of the top three biggest fears in the world? Over 97 million people suffer from this fear. If you are one of them, or just not a fan of spiders, then try one of these natural homemade spider repellent recipes below.

Ways to Try and Control Spiders Outside

  • Keep your porch light off. It can attract bugs and spiders, and they are more apt to try and get in your house.
  • Make sure to look over your windows and walls for any cracks, and seal them up. This can prevent them from finding a way in.
  • Keep your yard mowed and weeds down. Make sure not to have a lot of things piled up around the house. Spiders like to burrow in dead leaves, wood piles, tall grass and such. So keeping things picked up can help.

Benefits of Having Spiders Around Your Home

Although we may not want spiders in our home, they can be beneficial to the environment. It is okay to try to keep them out of your home or in the yard, but know that spiders do serve a purpose.

  • Spiders eat a lot of mosquitoes which can be pretty overwhelming in the summer
  • Spiders are a food source for other species – birds, wasps, other spiders and more.
  • The Silk spiders create is very strong, like the density of steel. That is beneficial to a scientist who can create things.

Homemade Spider Spray Repellents

Citronella Spray: In a spray bottle mix in 1 tablespoon of lemon scented dish soap, 10 drops of citronella essential oil, and then fill the bottle up with warm water. Shake well and spray areas around your home. Doorways, windows, any cracks or crevices you think they might come in at. Anywhere outside that you think it needs it, spray!

Salt Spray: Salt is like a poison to spiders, and works for a quick spray. Mix 1/8 cup of salt to a gallon of warm water. Let it dissolve and then pour into spray bottle. Use this to spray on webs, nest, or directly on spiders.

Cinnamon: Spiders do not like cinnamon, so sprinkle around the exterior of your home. This will help keep them from coming around.

Peppermint Spray: Mix 20 drops of peppermint essential oil with 2 cups of warm water. Pour into a spray bottle and then shake well. You can spray this inside your house, do every door frame, window frame, and baseboards and air vents. Do this once a week for best results. It smells great and will freshen up your home.

Plant a Garden: Spiders do not like the plants listed below. So if you can create a garden around your home, it can help repel them as well! These will help you keep them away from your home.

• Lavender, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Mint, Lemon Balm

Cedar Mulch: Spiders do not like cedar mulch. So if you have a garden and want to mulch, opt for cedar!

Chestnuts: Spiders are not a fan of chestnuts, so if you can place along doors that don’t get used that often, closets, windows this can ward them off. Now if you have children you might skip as it could be a choking hazard.

Tobacco Spray for Yard: Boil 1 gallon of water, add a package of pipe tobacco to water Toss in 1/2 cup of mint leaves. Let it soak until the water cools. Then strain and pour into a spray container. Use that juice to spray over your grass.

Do you have a homemade recipe that you use to keep the spiders away? If so leave a comment below so we can see what you find works in your home!


  1. We live in a wooded area and have lots of spiders (and other yucky bugs). I much prefer homemade repellents!!!

  2. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to keep spiders away. I actually don’t try to get spiders away from the outside of the house. I feel like they keep out the other more annoying bugs.

  3. I hate it when spiders try to make their way into my house. I need to try out some of these spider repellents.

  4. Wow I am in love with these homemade spider repellent ideas. I know often times if I have to go into a room we haven’t been in awhile that the webs are there and I hate walking into them!

  5. While I know that spiders do have benefits, they still creep me out. We try to take them outside if we can. Let me rephrase that. My husband and daughter try to take them outside. Thanks for sharing this information.

  6. I definitely have a slight fear of spiders! I like these simple repellents! I had no idea those plants could keep spiders away.

  7. I had no idea there were so many different repellents that you could make at home. What great ideas and they don’t seem difficult to make.

  8. These are great tips! I think spiders help kill other bugs in your home as well but it’s better to have no bugs at all inside the house. It’s nice that you can make homemade repellents instead, I prefer those over the ones that have chemicals in them.

  9. Would this work with lizards too? Oh I cringe at the sight of those lizards! I guess if I get rid of the spiders then I get rid of lizard food too. I will try these tips. Thank you for sharing.

  10. These are really great ideas because we’ve been having a lot of unwanted spiders coming in the house. It’s also been hard to let the kids play outside because there are so many! I am glad that you pointed out that spiders serve a purpose and they need to be around, just not in the house. I am going to try some of these ideas to see if they can help!

  11. I had no idea that you could make a homemade repellent like this. I am definitely going to be giving this a shot.

  12. Thank you for the holistic ways to make spider repellent! I have cinnamon and peppermint oil I am about to make a concoction.

  13. Wow, I didn’t know about the cedar mulch, the chestnuts, or the tobacco spray. I hate spiders but love that they eat mosquitoes. I will try sprinkling cinnamon around my backdoor to keep the bugs out!

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