In Tips on Thursday 21st Dec, 2017

The simple way of keeping flies out of your home

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How do you keep flies away?

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Christmas is here and with it comes the annoying buzzing of flies trying to help themselves to your Christmas lunch.

When the weather warms up the flies come out to play, and they’re drawn to your kitchen and delicious food.

There are so many products that you can buy from the supermarket but if you want a chemical-free option and something that you don’t have to spray around, try this trick from Instructables.

You will need

  • A clear plastic sandwich bag
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • A bottle of lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • Two or three paper clips
  • Some shiny coins
  • A bowl and a spoon for mixing stuff
Photo credit: Instructables.


1. Add 2 1/2 cups of water to a bowl.
2. Add two teaspoons of table salt.
3. Mix it with the spoon to get the salt off the bottom of the bowl.
4. Add two or three squirts of lime juice and stir. There is no exact amount, lime juice just keeps the coins shiny.
5. Pour the mixture in to the sandwich bag until it’s 3/4 full and drop the coins in. Seal the bag and hang it up using a paper clip and string. Done!

Do you have a trick that always works?