Unwanted visitors in your home can leave behind spider webs. Getting rid of the webs can be scary for some with arachnophobia, and for others it can just be a hassle. If you have ever walked into a spider web, you know what it is like to try to remove the silks of the web and how icky it can feel. Dissolving the web with a homemade solution is an effective way to remove it. Unlike removing webs with a broom, spraying them with solution prevents it sticking to anything that touches it. Instead, it will simply dissolve away.
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Mix equal parts bleach and water in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle well. Spray a small amount on the spider web. Wait a few minutes to see if the web is reacting to the solution. Spray more solution onto the web if it is not dissolving. Wipe away any residue and extra spray after the web has dissolved.
Vinegar and Coconut Oil Solution
Add 1/2-ounce coconut oil to a quart of white vinegar, then mix. Pour into a spray bottle and shake the bottle well before spraying. Coconut oil can be found in health stores or in grocers; some grocery stores sell the coconut oil in the snack aisle near the popcorn supplies or in the baking section. The oil may be in solid form, in which case you can heat the oil by running the bottle under warm water to transform it to liquid form. Spray this solution on the web and wipe away the excess. The vinegar will act as a deterrent and prevent the spiders from returning.
Essential Oil Solution
Combine 10 drops of lemon oil with 10 drops of lavender oil. Add 1/2-teaspoon of dish soap and a cup of water to the oil mixture. Transfer to a spray bottle and shake well. This solution is a good spray for the webs on the exterior of your home. You will need to thoroughly spray the solution on the web and the surrounding area. The oils are a natural deterrent will keep the spiders away. You can also use other oils such as citrus oils, peppermint, and citronella.
Choose a spray bottle with an adjustable nozzle. Most of the time you will need the nozzle set to a medium mist; however, a delicate mist is good for a small web in a window casing. Using a "stream" setting will be too powerful, and won't cover a lot of the area while making a mess. Use caution in getting the spray on curtains, furniture and other fabrics in your home: A good way to prevent this is by using an umbrella. Open the umbrella and hold it upside down under the area you are treating, and it will catch the excess solution.
Caroline Baldwin, a corporate communications director located in South Carolina, began writing in 1998. Her work has been published in publications across the United States and Canada including Rolling Stone, Boating Life, Waterski and Wakeboarding magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from The College of Charleston.