How to Kill Roaches With Laundry Detergent

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Things You'll Need

  • Sugar

  • Bait stations or lids

  • Borax

Keep roaches out of your home using natural methods.
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Roaches are undoubtedly one of the banes of renters' and homeowners' existences, and are among the hardier insect species on the planet. Keep them out of your home through meticulous cleaning as well as utilization of homemade baits, which can be constructed using items from around the kitchen and bathroom. Avoid chemical sprays whenever possible because use of such products can result in negative health effects on you and your family. Instead, opt for natural baits made from laundry detergent and other natural products.


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Step 1

Combine one part laundry detergent with one part sugar in a bait station or lid. Add a pinch of borax if desired to make the bait even more effective; borax is commonly used to control roach infestations. The sugar is used to attract the roaches to the bait.

Step 2

Place the baits wherever roaches seem to appear, such as around kitchen cabinets and under kitchen sinks around piping, around trash cans and any cracks and crevices in the home. Even though these baits are fairly non-toxic, they should still be kept out of reach of children and pets.

Step 3

Replace the baits as needed until your roach problem is resolved.


Use a caulk gun to fill in cracks and crevices around your home to keep roaches at bay.

Keep your home clean to avoid attracting roaches via food crumbs, uncovered trash cans and leaky faucets.

Spray organic, citrus sprays around areas roaches frequent to keep them out of your home.

Remove cardboard boxes from your home, which offer shelter to roaches as well as food in the form of box glue.