Natural Fly Repellant Using Lemon and Cloves

Updated: May 30, 2021

Lemon and clove fly repellant

I adore essential oils and regularly diffuse them throughout the home. I'm careful not to overdo it, though, because it can be overdone and make people and pets nauseous. Half an hour to an hour is all you need at a time to benefit from diffusing essential oils.

Living in Australia, we have a significant problem with flies. They love to land on our food, faces, backs and help themselves inside the home to spread their germs.

Fly repellent works wonders; however, it is full of chemicals, and who knows what that stuff is secretly doing to our bodies. The good news is that by using a lemon cut in half and cloves! You can create a delightful natural fly repellent. Yes, it is that simple.

As well as the intoxicating smell, this little trick also looks good on the table or outside setting. Lemons are not always cheap, so if you have the patience grow your own! You can always grow them in a pot. My preferred variety is the Meyer Lemon.

Meyer lemons are smaller and smoother than regular lemons, with deep yellow skin. The differences are noticeable, especially when you consider both varieties side by side. They are also sweeter than ordinary lemons with a spicy bergamot fragrance.

How to Grow Lemons

Choose your sapling carefully, and also, your container will need to be quite significant in size for the lemon to grow. Fill the pot with good quality potting mix, and remember to fertilise regularly. I like to use Fish Emulsion, diluted or the fertiliser from my Bokashi compost bin.* Your lemon tree needs a sunny position to flourish. Lemon trees prefer at least eight hours a day of direct sunlight. If you are growing it indoors, place the tree near the sunniest window.