Repel Flies with Irish Spring Soap

Does Irish Spring Soap repel flies? This question has come up a lot in online forums and reddit lately, but there hasn’t been any hard evidence either way. Until now. In this article, I put the Irish Spring soap to the test to see if it could actually repel flies and save me from swatting them away all summer long!

What is Irish Spring Soap?

Irish Spring is a soap made by Proctor and Gamble that is available in many different scents. It has been around for decades and is one of the most popular soaps on the market. The soap has a fresh, clean scent that provides an enjoyable bathing experience. As far as cleaning goes, it does not lather as well as some other brands but it will still get you clean if you take enough time to scrub. One of the advantages of Irish Spring over some other soaps is that it contains no perfumes or colorants which means there are no additional chemicals in your bath water.

Why Irish Spring Soap is weak in repelling Flies

Irish Spring soap is not the only thing that can be used to repel flies. It is a very useful and popular method, but it may not be the best one. There are other methods of repelling flies that can be more effective than this one. One way to do this is by using a fly swatter or a fly zapper. A fly swatter would involve catching and killing the fly, while a fly zapper would involve trapping the insect on an electrified grid then killing them. This method will keep your house free of flies for as long as you have it plugged in and would be more effective than using soap because you won’t have to worry about trying to wash it off after each time you kill a fly.

How to Use Irish Spring Soap in Repelling Flies

  1. Take a bar of soap, preferably the original Irish Spring Soap, and cut it into small cubes.
  2. Put the soap in a bowl or jar and place it where flies congregate, like near an open window or door.
  3. Place some of the soap on a sponge and leave it in corners that are hard to reach like under appliances, behind furniture, or near trash cans.
  4. Place some of the soap on sticky fly paper and hang them up in areas where you see many flies such as patios or near garbage cans.

Fly Repellent Alternative Methods

There are many different ways to repel flies. You can try out cedar chips, citronella candles, or any number of commercial products. However, one of the more popular home remedies for this nuisance is to use a combination of water and soap in a spray bottle. Fill the bottle about halfway with water and add one or two squirts of your favorite dishwashing liquid before shaking it up well. 

The dishwashing liquid creates a layer on top of the water that makes it difficult for flies to reach the surface of the liquid.  Spray this mixture around your yard and in other areas where you see fly activity at least once per day to keep them away from your family and food sources.

Get Rid of Flies Naturally

Bugs are pesky creatures that can ruin your outdoor activities. One way to keep them away is by using the Irish Spring fragrance, which bugs find offensive and disgusting. The soap’s scent will stay on the skin for up to 24 hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about being bitten by a fly or bug.

You may also want to try using apple cider vinegar as an insect repellent. Dilute it 50/50 with water and spray it on your clothes or skin before going out into the field or woods. You will smell like vinegar but at least bugs won’t bother you!

Does Irish spring soap repel insects?

Irish Spring soap is a common household product, but did you know that it’s also an effective insect repellent? Actually, any bar of soap will do. Here’s how to make your own fly and mosquito repellent:

  • Take your bar of soap and rub it all over the surface of your skin.
  • You can use a whole bar or just a few pieces depending on how much you need.
  • Rub it all over the front and backside of your body. This is especially helpful for small children who may not be able to apply it themselves.
  • If you have sensitive skin or are allergic to certain substances, make sure to test a small area first before applying more liberally.

Best soap to keep bugs away

One way to keep flies from bothering you and your guests is by using an old-fashioned remedy: Irish Spring soap. Simply rub the bar on your skin, which will leave behind a pleasant scent and a film of soap that is unattractive to flies. The film also repels other bugs, such as mosquitoes.

 Another good way to repel flies is through citronella. Citronella is a natural insect repellent that has been used for centuries and is commonly associated with garden torches, but it can also be applied directly to your skin. Some brands include citronella in their lotion or spray and are marketed specifically as a bug repellant. However, more and better results can be achieved by buying pure citronella candles or oil from your local pharmacy and applying it directly to your skin every few hours as needed.

Does Irish spring soap repel spiders?

Irish Spring soap does not repel spiders. Spider webs are actually built to catch their prey, and the fly’s saliva attracts flies and then traps them in the web. The spider will come back later to eat its prey. With this knowledge, it is clear that the best way to prevent an infestation of flies is by removing any sources of food or water from your property.

It can also be helpful to keep a light on outside, as many bugs are attracted to light and it will serve as a deterrent for them. One other natural fly repellent is citronella oil.

Does Irish spring soap repel insects/Flies? (My Experiment)

This is a question I’ve pondered for quite some time, and I’m finally ready to share my findings. Does Irish Spring soap repel flies? This is a question I’ve pondered for quite some time, and I’m finally ready to share my findings. To test this theory, I built a box with four compartments: two on one side, and two on the other side. One of the compartments had a dead fly, and the other had nothing in it. Each compartment was labeled so that we knew which one had the fly in it at any given moment. Every day, I added two fresh flies to the box. The experiment lasted several days, and you can see below what happened in each case:

  • Finding 1*: There were three dead flies by day five when I ended the experiment. The only area where there were no flies was the part of the box with Irish Spring soap (3-0).
  • Finding 2*: There were four dead flies by day six when I ended the experiment. The only area where there were no flies was the part of the box with Irish Spring soap (4-0).
  • Finding 3*: There were five dead flies by day seven when I ended the experiment.
  • Finding 4*: The fly infestation was getting pretty out of hand by day eight. All of a sudden, though, something crazy happened: The flies began swarming around half of the box that had only had soap in it for several days (4-1). I couldn’t believe my eyes! But it was true—the flies kept landing on that side! After giving the situation another look, I discovered why: The flies are drawn to dirty surfaces. That’s why they weren’t able to escape from the soap-covered side; their feet were sticking to it! It turns out that even if Irish spring soap doesn’t kill them outright, it’ll still keep them from coming near you.

Collin Miller

Since 2002, Collin has specialized in the pest control industry. He has a Pest Control and Termite Control Commercial Applicator License. He serves on the Missouri Pest Management Association board of directors as a director at large, and he attempts to provide a personal touch in pest eradication to customers in the Ozarks. When the weather is great, Collin enjoys working in his yard, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends, as well as watching football.

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