You Get More Flies With Vinegar

HouseflyAs a kid I used to hear the saying “You Get More Flies With Honey Than With Vinegar” and think to myself, “That’s dumb, who would want more flies?” Well it turns out you actually get more flies with vinegar. If you’re trying to get rid of them that is.

In a previous post I mentioned that my Homemade Weed Killer could also clean your kitchen and knock flies out of the air. Well today I saw a fly in my house (yes, in February!) and thought that since spring is almost here I’d remind everyone about this effect of my weed-killer/cleaner.

In case you forgot or don’t want to click on the link above, my concoction is very simple.

GreenerGreener Natural, Non-Toxic, Homemade, Weed Killer/Household Cleaner/Fly Spray:

  • Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar
  • Add a few drops of liquid soap
  • And a stick of cinnamon
  • Shake it up and spray away

This is an awesome alternative to chemical bug sprays but I can’t actually call this a fly killer because it doesn’t seem to kill them. It does, however, make them unable to fly. And since it’s a spray they can’t avoid it so even if they’re flying it knocks them right out of the air.

So no more chasing flies around the house. Listening for the tell-tale buzz. Trying to follow it and see where it lands. Slooooowly sneaking up on it and carefully aiming your nasty fly swatter only to miss. Now you just spray them and they drop. Like flies. So to speak :)

Of course then you have to grab them with something and squish them. Blech.

I know I hate killing things too. This whole site is about being kinder and gentler to the earth but flies are vectors for diseases like typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and more so I won’t have them roaming freely in my house.

And the nice thing about spraying them with my vinegar-soap-cinnamon spray is that you can kill the flies and clean the area at the same time. And it costs pennies to mix up a bottle.

It’s a win-win. Unless you’re a fly.

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