Enough with the seriousness. Let’s talk about homemade cockroach killer.
There’s this legend about grave robbers in the time of the plague using a blend of essential oils dripped into handkerchiefs and then held over the face to protect against the plague. If you look up “thieves” and “blend” together on Google, you’ll come across some people who feel very proprietary about the words put together. They sell an oil blend with a name you’ve probably put together already, but there’s nothing stopping you from doing something similar at home.
I don’t remember what the official recipe is, but here’s what I do: Pine, Cypress, Cedarwood, Clove, Eucalyptus, and whatever else I happen to have hanging around. I get my essential oils primarily through Wellington Fragrance, but they are not the only purveyors out there. I am never particular about the proportions, but 1:1 isn’t a bad start. Mix up a batch of the oil and then use it as you see fit. A few drops in hot water plus some vinegar does a great job for cleaning floors.
The stuff kills cockroaches and repels critters. Get yourself a spray bottle, fill it up with cheap vodka and add a couple of ounces of your essential oils. Spray a cockroach on site until he’s upside down and he’ll die. (I know this because we get the american cockroach around here. He climbs up from the sewers into the drain in the basement and he freaks me the eff out.)
Not only is the stuff non-toxic, the crazy Lily-dog loves it. Like she goes nuts when I spray it around and rubs herself in whatever stray droplets she can find.