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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

how to get rid of fruit flies from your kitchen naturally

Let’s chat about how to get rid of fruit flies naturally. You might call them compost flies. Whatever you call them, I wanted to share the effective natural method I’ve found for clearing your kitchen of this almighty pest.

I know, I know, you’re thinking exciting stuff, but fruit flies are a very real problem I face every summer without fail. And chances are, by the fact that you’re reading this post, one that you face too, and you need a way to rid your house of these pesky fruit flies.

Every summer I feel like I blink and my kitchen goes from fruit fly free, to hosting a swarm of hundreds. Hundreds of fruit flies that are multiplying in front of my very eyes.

What Are Fruit Flies And Why Are They A Problem?

Fruit flies are scientifically known as Drosophila melanogaster, but we’ll keep to the simple fruit fly term here!

I’ve found out from the Berg Lab that female fruit flies can lay up to around 400 eggs. These eggs hatch within 12 to 15 hours and these can go from egg to adult in just seven days. What is more, females become receptive to courting males about 8–12 hours after emerging from the egg.

Basically, blink and you’ve got a fruit fly problem before you even know it!

how to get rid of fruit flies from your kitchen naturally

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies From Your Kitchen

Be Mindful of Where You Store Your Fruit

If you have a fruit fly infestation then an open fruit bowl isn’t always the best place to store fruit. Consider using the fridge for fruit that will store well in the fridge (beware, not all fruit likes the fridge). Fruit flies like higher temperatures, and can’t reproduce in the cold.

Do not leave cut or spoiling fruit or vegetables, fruit salads, fruit juices, jams, jellies, pickles, etc., exposed in open containers. Pop them in tubs or glass jars, and put them straight into the fridge.

Remove Rotting Fruit and Vegetables As Quickly As Possible

Rotting fruit and vegetables are ideal breeding groups for fruit flies. Be mindful of what is in your fruit bowl, and check there isn’t any spoiled fruit in the bottom of your fruit bowl.

Check vegetables such as potatoes and onions, which should be stored in cupboards, and not in the fridge. There could be one rotten potato or onion at the bottom of the bag, which would be enough to support a huge colony of fruit flies.

Keep Sides Clean

Wiping up food spills from countertops quickly, especially sugary foods like jams and ketchups and fruit juices, are vital in the fight against fruit flies.

Keep Your Compost Caddy Covered & Empty Frequently

Keeping the lid on your compost caddy is vital when you have a fruit fly infestation. Try placing something heavy on top of it, to limit any access to the fruit flies.

I recommend emptying your compost caddy regularly when you are bothered by fruit flies. I try to empty my caddy at least twice a day. Washing it out regularly is also key in the fight against the fruit fly.

How To Make a Fruit Fly Trap

If the above steps aren’t making a dent in the number of fruit flies in your kitchen, then consider this it’s time to pull out the natural traps. I find these key in how to get rid of fruit flies.

What You Need

  • An empty bottle
  • A small amount of beer, wine, or vinegar (enough to cover an inch or so of the bottom of the beer bottle)
  • One squirt of washing up liquid

Simply add some beer, leftover wine, or vinegar into an empty bottle. One with a narrow neck works best – like a beer bottle, add the washing up liquid, and Bob’s your uncle.

The alcohol or vinegar tempts the fruit flies in with its stale sweetness, and the washing up liquid soap decreases the surface tension of the liquid. When the fruit flies fly in to investigate the irresistible stale smell, the flies are immediately immersed and can’t escape.

I really hope this helps rid you of your fruit fly problem!

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10 Zero-Waste and Plastic-Free Shops on Etsy UK

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Looking for zero-waste and plastic-free shops? Here are some of my favourite Etsy stores for eco-friendly and low or no waste products.

I might have mentioned before on here that Etsy is one of my favourite places to shop for, well, pretty much anything.  It’s always been my go-to place for anything decorative homewares-related or for vintage goods. However, recently Etsy has really upped its game. It now has a whole host of zero-waste and plastic-free shops popping up too, listing a beautiful array of eco-friendly products.

Whilst Etsy is a global platform, I’ve found 10 UK-based zero-waste and plastic-free shops/makers/sellers on Etsy. What’s more, the majority of them are run by female entrepreneurs.   

The Zero-Waste and Plastic-Free Etsy Shops

10 plastic-free shops

Here are ten of my favourite Etsy shops, selling a diverse range of zero-waste and/or plastic-free products, that you may (or may not) need for plastic-free living.

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Conscious Fibres

conscious fibres zero waste etsy shop

Conscious Fibres sells a whole host of plastic-free and reusable goods in their Etsy shop. From produce bags, multi-purpose cloths, make-up wipes, tote bags, handkerchiefs, and handy zero-waste takeout kits. The best bit is all of them are handmade in the UK. 

And once your Conscious Fibres product has reached the end of its lifespan, relax in the knowledge that all of their products are completely compostable, or can be recycled.

Creations by Jennie Lee

plastic-free shops on Etsy

The Creations by Jennie Lee Etsy shop specialises in stylish plastic-free and zero-waste cutlery pouches. These are perfect for popping in your bag for lunches and picnics – helping you to avoid the need to use single-use cutlery.  There are heaps of different designs sure to appeal to every family member – making them perfect for little ones’ lunchboxes too.

Strictly Sustainable Plastic-Free Shop

georganics plastic-free shops

Georganics is a fantastic range of natural plastic-free oral care. From toothpaste and mouthwash sold in glass jars to refillable glass jars of natural dental floss, and bamboo toothbrushes, there’s pretty much everything you need for a zero-waste dental routine and a healthy smile. Find their products on sale at the Strictly Sustainable plastic-free Etsy shop.

Lilah Pads

lilahpads zero-waste shop

Lilah Pads sell beautiful handmade washable sanitary towels.  I recently purchased a couple for myself, and I am genuinely surprised at how much more comfortable these are than regular sanitary towels. They are SO much more comfortable). And not only that, they are so much more absorbent than their plastic-based equivalent.  I’ve bought two pads, to begin with, to ease me into the world of reusable sanitary towels, but I will definitely be purchasing some more soon.

Luna Beauty

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Luna Beauty sells zero-waste, plastic-free, cruelty-free, and vegan cosmetics that I’ve blogged about here before.  From eyeliner and mascara to blusher and bronzer, everything in their shop is plastic-free.  For extra green points, you can even send your empty tins and bottles back for a refill. This earns you a 15% discount on your refill order.

Moonbeam Club

plastic-free moisturiser

Moonbeam Club sells their all-purpose Moonbeam Cream at a purse-friendly £8. This is a natural moisturiser suitable for both your face and body without the need for separate products.  Each batch is handmade using natural ingredients. What’s more, the cream is packaged in glass jars with aluminum lids, making it plastic-free. Although please note the cream contains beeswax so is not suitable for vegans.

Rowen Stillwater Plastic-Free Shop

Rowen Stillwater reusable teabags

Rowen Stillwater only sells vegan zero-waste products, from vegan wax wraps for food, to reusable teabags, plastic-free sponges, and more.  What’s more, every item from their shop ships plastic-free, so you can be sure that plastic doesn’t sneakily find it’s way into your home.

Soapdaze

soapdaze palm oil free soap

Soapdaze sells a lovely range of vegan and plastic-free handmade natural skincare products in their shop.  From beautifully scented soaps that can be purchased with or without packaging to reusable makeup removal pads. I also love their pretty handknitted facecloths, and their lovely facial oils and cleansing grains. It’s safe to say I love everything in this beautiful little shop.

Tabitha Eva

tabitha eve zero waste shops uk

Tabitha Eva sells everything you could need for a zero-waste home.  From reusable nail varnish remover pads to plastic-free sponges. From food wraps to reusable kitchen roll, produce bags, and more. Essentially, if you are looking for something plastic-free Tabitha Eve probably stocks it in their zero-waste shop!

The Zero-Waste Maker Plastic-Free Shop

the zero waste maker zero waste plastic free shops uk

Finally, Oktavia, aka The Zero-Waste Maker, collects waste fabrics and fabric scraps from her day job as a costume designer. She then turns these scraps into useful items that can help in your journey towards plastic-free living. What’s more, it keeps her job as a costume designer as zero-waste as possible.  Every item in the Zero Waste Maker plastic-free shop is therefore unique, and in each listing Oktavia tells you where the piece of fabric used came from.   Look out for beautiful produce bags, makeup removal pads, sponges, cloths, and more.

Do you have any favourite plastic-free shops on Etsy?  Or elsewhere?

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