​6 Simple Hacks to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

Knowing how to get rid of ants in the kitchen is necessary, as they can be a real pest when you prepare food. But even if ants come in large numbers, there are several ways you can get rid of them permanently.


Find the Entry Points

Look for the entry points that the ants go through. The most common are floor cracks, doorways, widows and around accent lights. Cover these entry points.

Find the Entry Points

Locate the Ant Nest

If there are still ants trying to get in your kitchen, follow their trail outside your home until you find their nest. Once you find the nest, spray it with an anti-ant spray to destroy the colony.

How to Get Rid of the Ant Trail

If you see one ant there’s a good chance a few – or a lot – more are close by and trying to get in. Ants leave a scent where they go, allowing other ants to pick up their trail. To keep ants away, you have to eliminate the scent:


Use Spray

If you see one ant there’s a good chance a few – or a lot – more are close by and trying to get in. Ants leave a scent where they go, allowing other ants to pick up their trail. To keep ants away, you have to eliminate the scent:

  • Combine 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar. You can also use bleach instead of vinegar.
  • Mix well.
  • Pour the mixture in a spray bottle.
  • Spray in the areas that ants frequent.

Keep in mind this spray does not kill ants: it will only remove the scent so ants outside your home won’t be able to smell the scent.


Use Soapy Water

If the ants are on the table or sink, pour a spoonful of water and soap or liquid watery soap. Seal the bottle and shake it thoroughly. 

Spray the ants with the soapy substance. Spray a generous amount wherever the ants are and wait until they’re no longer moving. Once the ants are dead – should not take more than 5 minutes – you can clean it up.

 Soapy Water

Bar soap can also be mixed with water. Just add a few bits of the soap and mix it with one liter of water. Heat the mix until the soap melts and pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray on the ant infested areas and wait a few minutes until the ants are immobilized.



When you research how to get rid of ants in kitchen, you may come across methods that recommend insecticides. While these formulas are potent, they can be dangerous for kids and pets. Furthermore you run the risk of contaminating the food in the kitchen.



Lemon Repellents

You can also use lemons to get rid of the ants. Try the following.

  • Mix 4 cups of warm water with a cup of lemon juice in a container.
  • Dip a clean cloth in the mix and wipe the ants off the cupboards, cabinets, kitchen windows, the top of the fridge and other surfaces where the ants are.
  • Wait until the ants are no longer moving before you remove them.
  • Wipe the areas again with a clean cloth dipped in water.

Aside from lemons you can also use other types of citrus fruits like oranges as ants do not like the scent. Cucumber rinds and orange peels are particularly efficient.

Lemon Repellents

You can use the same solution above to mop the kitchen floor, just make sure to thoroughly go over the areas the ants frequent. Once you have mopped the floor and cleared the ants, prepare a bucket of water and mop the floor again to remove the citrus fruit residue.


Use Herbs and Spice

There are several types of spices and herbs that you can use to eliminate the ants. Some suggestions include:

  • Sprinkle ground cinnamon along the windows, the doorways, floor cracks, the counter edges, any place where the ants are. Ants don’t like the smell of cinnamon so they will stay away.
  • Apart from cinnamon you can also use basil leaves, mint leaves, bay leaves, garlic, clove, cayenne pepper and chili pepper.
  • Just choose one of these herbs and sprinkle a generous amount in the afflicted areas.
Herbs and Spice


Use Diatomaceous Earth

Assess the area where the ants roam and apply dry diatomaceous earth. Some of the areas that this substance can protect are:

  • Along the windows
  • Edges of baseboards and floors
  • Cracks in the walls
  • Corners and edges in your kitchen
  • Small confined areas in the kitchen

Just apply the diatomaceous earth in these locations and it should keep the ants away. It might take some time for DE to work, and if necessary apply some more.

Diatomaceous Earth

You can also use wet DE to get rid of ants. Wet DE is most effective if the ants move along flat, large areas rather than kitchen cracks and edges. Wet DE will also be effective for ants that travel along the walls.

Wet DE are commercially available and sold in spray bottles or mixtures. Just follow the instructions and apply it where necessary.

  • Once you have applied wet DE, monitor the area for several weeks and check if the ants come back. If after a month the ants come back, they may have found a new entryway. In either way, apply more wet DE.
  • Bear in mind that wet DE does not take effect while it’s wet. It takes effect when the solution evaporates and dries. Only the powder remains and that is what will keep the ants at bay.

Tips and Suggestions

You can also use baby powder, chalk, rice, coffee grounds and cucumber peels. Just sprinkle these in the affected areas and they should keep the ants away.

What makes herbs and spices potent is ants don’t like their smell and will keep away. Lastly, it is a good idea to seal the entryways so they cannot get in.

cucumber peels


As we have shown here it’s not that difficult to learn how to get rid of ants in the kitchen, and any of the methods above should get rid of them for good. If you found this article useful, feel free to share it on social media!

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