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Vinegar and Dish Soap Fruit Fly Trap

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This is a guide about vinegar and dish soap fruit fly trap. A simple effective fruit fly trap can be made with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.


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May 1, 2013

I absolutely hate fruit flies! This trap is very easy to make and works really well. I always have this trap set up on the counter, so an infestation never has a chance to take hold. :)

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • red wine vinegar
  • Dawn dish soap
  • plastic wrap
  • rubber band
  • toothpick
  • clear jar


  1. Put 3-4 drops of Dawn soap into the bottom of the jar.
  2. Pour 6 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar into the jar (or enough to fill it about 1/4 in.).
  3. Gently swirl the jar around to combine the ingredients.
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  5. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the jar and pull it tight across the top. Secure it with a rubber band. Trim off any excess plastic.
  6. Using a toothpick, poke holes into the plastic so the flies can get in.
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  8. Place your trap near any fruit you have out on the counter. Goodbye fruit flies!

    NOTE: I change out my mixture about every 2 weeks, more often if I am catching a lot of fruit flies.
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May 14, 20132 found this helpful

You can use apple cider vinegar as well!

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May 2, 20131 found this helpful

That is a great trap! I am going to use the red wine vinegar!

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May 29, 20130 found this helpful

Does the dishwashing liquid have to be Dawn or would any dishwashing liquid work?

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July 5, 20170 found this helpful

A friend taught me this one, several years ago. I made a little one out of a straight-sided pill bottle (of which I had plenty around!) so I could empty it often without wasting a lot of vinegar, but I never thought of using plastic wrap to cover it! I just propped it up at an angle so the flies could get in it easily, but it was hard to prop it securely. So the cover is an ingenious addition! Btw, I used apple cider vinegar in mine.

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May 7, 20132 found this helpful

I absolutely hate fruit flies! This trap is very easy to make and works really well. I always have this trap set up on the counter, so an infestation never has a chance to take hold. View the full project here: Fruit Fly Trap

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August 16, 20100 found this helpful

To get rid of fruit flies I pour apple cider vinegar with a couple drops of dish detergent into a small container. Then set it where you see the flies, and they will be gone in no time.

By Susie from Norfolk, VA

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