Followers of cleaning guru Sophie Hinchliffe (aka Mrs Hinch) have created online communities to share their own precious household tips and tricks.
Among the numerous groups on Facebook, one in particular has addressed the common problem of dealing with intrusive flies that buzz around our homes in hot weather.
The group called Mrs. Hinch Cleaning Tips, which has over 635,000 members, saw one of their followers ask how they could keep the unwanted insect from entering their home.
She pleaded: “Does anyone have any home remedies for house flies? You make me mad! Please help.”
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Given the high temperatures across the country, which resulted in people inevitably opening their windows and involuntarily greeting the beetle, it was no surprise that the post quickly became an interesting topic for many in the group.
The post garnered hundreds of comments with various DIY hacks, and one user suggested using a simple trick with a sandwich bag.
The cleaning enthusiast explained that the clear bag should be filled with water and some coins and placed in front of the homeowner’s door, assuring that it was “preventing them from entering.”
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The group member added, “I’m not sure why it works, but it reduces them.”
Others supported the method, advising that 1 and 2 pence coins work perfectly and be hung in front of open doors or windows.
Another member claimed that the trick worked because the bag and coins were “like a predator” and scared away flies.
Ms. Hinch fans also suggested using citronella candles, incense, adding cloves to half a lemon, and placing various herbs such as basil and lavender near open doors and windows.
One person wrote: “When we lived in Western Australia, we grew basil by the back door because it was so bad.
“There are a few different herbs that are recommended to grow around the doors to keep flies at bay. I would google to see what is recommended.”
Do you have any hacks of your own? Let us know in the comments.