How to ACTUALLY get rid of fruit flies

Back for the second post in this simplified cleaning series! Here’s a question that inevitably comes EVERY summer. How to get rid of those disgusting and always breeding fruit flies??!?  UGH.

So here’s how to ACTUALLY get rid of fruit flies 

Today – my friends, I’m here to tell you my super secret, works like a charm, solution. OXYGEN BLEACH.

Here are the types (they will all work in much the same way): 

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How to actually get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen!

As with any good monster or alien invasion movie, the protagonists fight and fight through the first 2/3rds of the script only to realize the best way to battle the attacking foe is to determine where they are originating.

In the case of most fruit flies – it’s not the fiery depths of the Earth’s core or the far reaches of interplanetary space… but rather – the SINK DRAIN. Fruit flies are also commonly known as drain flies. For real. They like it in there. Gross, I know.

Once they breed, they like to sit on, cling to and revel in any other kitchen surface touched by our hands. Our hands carry food and sugars and sometimes sticky stuff, you see.

So here’s how you tackle them.

Fill your sink about 1/3 of the way with hot water from the tap. As it’s filling, add in a cap full of liquid oxygen bleach or a 1/4 scoop of the oxygen bleach crystals. This stuff is the BEST and is totally safe to use. I seriously can’t live without it.

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The TRICK to getting rid of fruit flies in your kitchen

Then immerse a dish rag into the water. Let that whole shebang sit there for about 10 minutes.

After the 10 or so minutes, use the bleach water soaked rag to wipe down every surface in the kitchen – knobs, door handles, the fridge, stove handle, the blender, juicer, fruit bowl, coffee maker – whatever is touched and potentially ‘fruity’.  Then wipe the sink thoroughly.

After another 10 minutes or so, drain the sink of the bleach water while running hot water at the same time. Thoroughly wipe out the drain and stopper.How to actually get rid of fruit flies

Provided you don’t bring more infested bananas into the house, this should cull the herd!

Bonus – this doesn’t waste any wine in a bowl and you don’t have to see fly carcasses everywhere.

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5 thoughts on “How to ACTUALLY get rid of fruit flies

  1. Hi,
    Unfortunately I’m currently battling this war with fruit flies in my kitchen, bathroom and living room. I’m having difficulty finding the oxygen bleach crystals you mentioned in your post. Can you provide me some brand names of the products you use.

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