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How To Get Rid of Ants Naturally With Borax And Sugar Water

This highly effective method for getting rid of ants only requires a few simple ingredients and some cotton balls.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Heather Dessinger


  • small or medium sized pot
  • measuring cup - ½ cup
  • measuring spoon - 1 tablespoon
  • measuring spoon - ½ tablespoon
  • tongs


  • 6-12 individual cotton balls


  • Dissolve 1/2 cup of sugar and 1.5 tablespoons Borax in 1.5 cups warm water.
  • Using tongs, dip cotton balls in the water/Borax/water mixture.
  • Using tongs, place soaked cotton balls in shallow containers around the affected area.


Resist the urge to kill the ants that swarm because you need them to take the Borax back to the colony. After doing this a couple of times and cleaning the kitchen thoroughly our ants were completely gone.
Alternative: Some ants prefer protein to sugar, so if the cotton balls don’t work try mixing borax with some peanut butter and placing it in a few small dishes for the ants to find.