All the Little Ants are Marching
The weather has warmed up outside, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the teeny-tiny ants are making their way into my kitchen! We don’t necessarily have an “ant problem”, but we do have an occasional ant visit our home.
We have children and a cat, so I have no interest in spraying poison on our floors. My MIL swears by the Avon product “Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil” as a bug deterrent. She gave me a bottle to try it out for myself, and we all know I love to experiment… So, let’s see what happened!
What is in it?
There are only 7 ingredients, so a quick Google search was all it took for me to find out exactly what is in Skin So Soft Bath Oil.
ISOPROPYL PALMITATE – Isopropyl palmitate is a palm oil-based emollient, derived from coconut oil.
DICAPRYL ADIPATE – Dicapryl adipate has been shown to have insect repellent properties and is therefore useful in insect repellent formulations. (A-ha!) It is also a general purpose emollient.
JOJOBA SEED OIL
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE – Tocopheryl acetate is a chemical compound that consists of acetic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E).
DIETHYLHEXYL SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE – Diethylhexyl sodium sulfosuccinate is a waxy solid, and is used as a food additive, emulsifier, dispersant, and wetting agent.
Overall, this appears to be a safe bet – obviously it is made for people to bathe in, but it is always good to check the ingredients!
I put the “Skin So Soft Bath Oil” into a spray bottle and added in some water, so it would be easier to apply. I sprayed the baseboards and surrounding floors in the most common ant areas in the kitchen. As an added bonus, the oils in the Skin So Soft gave the baseboards a nice shine. After spraying the areas, I wiped them down with an old towel (oil + wood floors = very slippery!).
Did it Work?
Before we left on a 7-day vacation, we had a few ants appearing here and there in our kitchen. This was a perfect opportunity for me to test out the Skin So Soft Bath Oil as an ant deterrent. As described above, I sprayed and wiped down all of the baseboards and surrounding floor areas in our kitchen.
We left for 7 days, and when we returned, not a single (living) ant! When I wiped the floors with a wet cloth near the baseboards, I did find evidence of some dead ants. A success!
I will say that Skin So Soft is not necessarily a permanent ant deterrent. Occasionally, we have an ant or two make its way back into our kitchen, and I spray the baseboards again.
But, if you are trying to avoid nasty chemicals in your home, I do think that Skin So Soft Bath Oil is an excellent non-toxic solution for getting rid of ants.
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