How to Make Your Own Citrus Spray to Repel Spiders

Before you reach for a store-bought can of spider repellant, make your own spray at home. Spiders hate citrus, and creating a citrus spray is an effective way to keep unwanted spiders away from your home. While store-bought spider repellants work well, they fill the air with an unpleasant smell and contain a large amount of chemicals. When you use an all-natural citrus spray, you not only get rid of spiders, but you keep your house smelling nice, as well.

Get rid of spiders naturally.

Step 1

Unscrew and remove the top of a spray bottle.  Fill the spray bottle halfway with regular tap water.

Step 2

Add 15 to 20 drops each of citronella and lemon essential oils to the spray bottle.  Use all-natural essential oils, not synthetic oils.

Synthetic fragrance oils are made with various chemicals and only a small amount of natural essential oil.  The chemicals in synthetic oils do not have the same effect as natural oils, and they can damage surfaces and cause skin irritation.

Step 3

Screw the top back on the sprayer.  Shake the bottle well to fully blend the oils and the water.

Things You Will Need

  • 8-ounce spray bottle
  • Citronella essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil


  • Use other citrus essential oils, such as lime, instead of citronella.
  • Add more essential oil to the sprayer to make the solution stronger. Add a few drops of oil at a time.
  • Label your spray bottle. Keep your bottle of citrus repellant in a cool, dry place. Shake it up before every use.
  • Spray the solution in corners and areas where spiders are abundant.
  • Spray clean cloths with the citrus solution. Wipe down window frames or place the cloths on window ledges to keep spiders out.
  • Solutions made with peppermint and spearmint essential oils also repel spiders.


  • Essential oils may irritate the skin and be bothersome to animals. Stop using the solution if your animals are irritated by the oils.
  • Wash any exposed skin immediately after using the spray.

About the Author

A.N. Pike has been a professional writer since 2006. She has worked for the "McKinney Courier-Gazette" and her campus newspaper, now freelancing for various clients. Pike earned her associate's degree in mass communications and journalism from Collin College.

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