4 easy ways to keep away ants

Summer is here -- that means picnics, sunshine and lots of outdoor activities. But while you're heading outside for the summer, the ants are heading inside -- and that's a problem.
These pests will stop at nothing short of demolishing your kitchen, getting into your open containers and crawling around so they can get every last crumb. But when they're in the kitchen, it can be difficult to get rid of these guys. You don't want to use harsh chemicals, but you also want to keep them out of your space.
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We're tried and tested the best homemade and organic solutions. Everything here is something that's already in your kitchen cabinet, so you know you'll feel okay leaving it out near your food. Check it out and let us know what you think!
1. Cinnamon or cinnamon oil
1 tsp cinnamon or 10-15 drops of cinnamon oil
1 cup of water
Cotton balls
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While the sweet smell of cinnamon might make you drool, ants hate the stuff. Mix up water, cinnamon or cinnamon essential oil and drop some cotton balls in it. Let them soak it all up, then wipe the mixture right on the countertop where you're having problems. If you notice they're coming from a certain corner, you can also leave the cotton ball there to deter the little guys away.
2. Baking soda
1tbs powdered sugar
1tbs baking soda
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Now, you might be wondering why you would put sugar -- something ants love -- out on the counter. Well, this trick doesn't exactly deter them, instead, it tricks them and kills them. The ants will come to the mixture because they want to eat the sugar, but they'll also eat the baking soda which will eventually kill them.
3. Lemon
1 lemon juiced
1/4 cup water
10 drops essential oil
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This mixture will not only deter ants, it's going to leave your home smelling nice and citrus-fresh, too. The ants will hate the smell of the acidic lemon, and it's also going to bother them. We love this solution because it's organic! But, you will need to reapply this one regularly to keep these critters away.
4. Vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
10 drops essential oil
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See a pattern here? Ants hate acidity, and simple white vinegar has tons of it. To keep these creatures out, simply mix up some vinegar, water and essential oils. They're going to run away from the smell instantly. But, this is another solution you have to stay on top of -- try spraying it a few times a day to make sure the strong smell keeps them away.
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