I Got Rid of the Ants in My House Using Just Two Ingredients

updated Aug 24, 2023
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Got ants? I’ve got an easy-peasy homemade ant killer recipe using baking soda — and it’s non-toxic! After making three lids of bait and waiting several days, the number of ants in my kitchen reduced dramatically.

How does my DIY ant killer work, exactly? From what I have read, ants cannot differentiate between baking soda and powdered sugar because they are similar in size. The sugar attracts the ants, and the baking soda is what kills them: It reacts with the acid in their digestive system, and they explode.

How to Make Homemade Ant Killer

What You Need


  • Baking Soda
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Jar Lids (or something similar to hold the bait, although a container is not necessary)



  1. Combine 1 part baking soda with 1 part powdered sugar. I used a 3/4 tablespoon of each, and mixed it together directly in the jar lid.
  2. Place the mixture in strategic locations and wait for the baking soda to do its thing. You can use a jar lid or something similar to keep the bait contained, or you can place it directly on the surface where the ants are prevalent.

How to Prevent Ants in the Kitchen

I have found that it is essential, of course, to keep problem areas in your kitchen clean and void of any food. You can use vinegar to clean kitchen surfaces and to scrub any ant trails (vinegar is a well-known bug repellent). If you can find their point of entry, I strongly recommended that you fill it with Borax or diatomaceous earth and seal it off with clear caulk.