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Yes — Borax got rid of the ants!


Note: This post is a blast from the pretty far past — originally published in 2013, but relevant & updated in 2016 — because these darn ants, they are back every year.

When I ran a Borax giveaway a while back, several of you asked if the Borax really did get rid of the ants. Yes! I haven’t seen one in my kitchen since putting out this Borax recipe a couple of times. It works at least as well as, if not better than, the little ant bait things — plus, it’s easy to do and a better long term investment since you can also use your Borax for other purposes.

How does this work?

Do you get these every spring too? I get a bunch of little ants coming into my kitchen under one of the cabinets that backs up against an outside wall. I read online about people sprinkling a line of Borax and sugar along where the ants are coming in, but didn’t want to leave that out because of our cats. So instead I used this recipe from The Happy Housewife:

  1. Mix 1/2 C sugar, 1 1/2 Tbsp Borax, and 1.5 C warm water.
  2. Soak cotton balls in the mixture, and put them out near the mess of ants.
  3. The sugar attracts the ants, and they’ll take the Borax with it back to their home.

If you have small children or pets, be sure that you keep them away from the Borax, and always wash your hands after using. Note: Thanks to several commenters who add that: If your ants don’t seem to be attracted to sugar, try mixing in some peanut butter instead. They may have a savory tooth rather than a sweet tooth! Just like people, insects are all different… 🙂

These particular ants love sugar…


BOY do these ants like this. In the initial Boraxian experiment, I locked the cats in the bedroom for a few hours and set several soaked cotton balls in a line along the edge of the cabinet where the ants were coming in. I let the ants go to town, picked up the cotton balls, wiped up the floor, and let the cats out. Then, I repeated the experiment for a second round of about an hour later in the evening (with MUCH fewer ants). By morning? No new ants in sight.

Update — The Borax Effect lasts for some time. When the ants inevitably return, though, it’s super easy to whip up another little batch.

Have you tried Borax to get rid of ants in your home? Comment here and let us know how it worked for you!

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Sunday 12th of September 2021

Thank you Thank you Thank you for posting this

We were at witts end with ants until i read your post

overnight the ants disappeared with such a simple solution

You are appreciated beyond words Thank you

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Dustin Smith

Sunday 18th of July 2021

This worked amazingly well! I have fought ghost ants for over a year. Terro stopped working, and expensive gel wouldn’t work. I soaked the areas they were in with Raid. Once it dried they came right back. This recipe literally killed them in under 24 hours! Our house has been ghost ant free for over a week! Thanks for sharing!!


Saturday 17th of July 2021

This was amazing. Before we left for holidays on Monday I cleaned up the food in our daughter's room and put out some dollar store traps, hoping that the ants would be gone when we came home Friday night. Nope! They simply moved to the bathroom. It was disgusting. Hundreds of ants. I put out the soaked cotton pads ( I couldn't find cotton balls) at 11 at night. By morning the ants were practically gone. Only a few stragglers left wandering around the entry point. I only used half of the solution and I put out a ton of pads. Thank you!!!!


Monday 3rd of May 2021

Borax and icing sugar work very well indeed. The areaoutside my kitchen door was covered in anthills. I mixed the borax and icing sugar together and sprinkled the dry powder around the holes in the middle of the mounds and within a week or so there were no more mounds and no more ants !!!!

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