Banish those Pesky Fruit Flies with a DIY Essential Oil Spray

Fruit flies can be a real nuisance, buzzing around your kitchen and spoiling your enjoyment of fresh produce. But fear not, there’s a natural solution! This easy DIY essential oil spray will help deter these unwanted visitors without harsh chemicals.

What you’ll need:

  • Spray bottle (glass is preferable)
  • Distilled water
  • Carrier oil (sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil are all good options)
  • Essential oils (choose one or a combination of two from the following):
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Lavender oil


  • Fill your spray bottle with distilled water, leaving about an inch of space at the top.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of your chosen carrier oil. Carrier oils dilute the essential oils and prevent them from irritating your skin.
  • Add 10-15 drops of your preferred essential oil(s). Experiment with different combinations to find a scent you enjoy.
  • Secure the lid and shake well to combine everything.

How to Use:

Give your spray a good shake before each use. Lightly mist the areas where you see fruit flies congregating, paying attention to countertops, sinks, and around your fruit bowl. Be sure to avoid spraying directly on food. Reapply the spray as needed, especially after cleaning or if you notice the fruit flies returning.


Remember, essential oils won’t kill fruit flies, but they will deter them. To truly get rid of an infestation, you’ll need to remove their breeding ground. This means cleaning up any spills, disposing of overripe fruit, and taking out the trash regularly.

Store your spray in a cool, dark place.

Keep out of reach of children and pets.

If you have any concerns about using essential oils, consult with a healthcare professional.

With this handy DIY spray and a little vigilance, you can keep those pesky fruit flies at bay and enjoy a peaceful, fresh-smelling kitchen!

Healthy Ears

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