Healthy household hacks
Raisa Rahim

T-Junction brings you a few simple hacks to consider when maintaining your house


A clean house makes for a better living. And hence we ought to maintain our surroundings prior to seasonal changes. Well, unfortunately, the current season invites lilliputian but fatal mosquitoes to your house that can cause several diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, etc. The market is flooded with several chemical-laden mosquito repellents. But here are some home remedies you can use to maintain a healthy, disease free and clean house.

Coffee grounds

Mosquitoes usually breed in stagnant water, hence you can sprinkle coffee grounds where ever there is stagnant water around your house and let the beans work its magic. The mosquito eggs will be driven to the surface of the water due to the coffee grounds and will be deprived of oxygen. This technique is very efficient since it will kill all the eggs before they are hatched and stop the bad boys from breeding. As a bonus, it provides your house with a nice fragrant.


Unless you have a problem with using beer, this remedy is both easy and decorative for your house. For this you have to take a bowl or a mason jar, or any other container you see fit. Fill the container with beer, sprinkle some rose petals and place it anywhere you like in your house. The alcohol will drive the murderous mosquitoes away.


Camphor is an environment-friendly remedy. Just close all the doors and windows of the room. Then light camphor and leave it for about half an hour. When you go back to that room after some time, you will not find any mosquitoes.

Holy basil and mint

Holy basil leaves are great for killing mosquito larvae. Hence, do a little landscaping and plant holy basil in your garden, balcony and most importantly at the entrance of your house and windows. Alternatively, you can also grow mint shrubs as they will keep the mosquitoes at bay and spread a heart-warming smell around your house.

Citronella oil and lavender

Citronella oil works best as mosquito repellents. Put a few drops of the oil in a candle and light it up.

Alternatively, you can use lavender-scented room fresheners that are known to repel the uninvited guests.

Low light

Mosquitoes usually get attracted by lights. Hence it will be wise to use mosquito-repellent lights such as sodium lamps, yellow bug lights or LED lights in your house.

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