Vinegar and Dish Soap Fruit Fly Trap

Gold Post Medal for All Time! 899 Posts
May 1, 2013

fruit flies in trapI 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
fruit fly trap supplies


  1. Put 3-4 drops of Dawn soap into the bottom of the jar.
  2. adding soap
  3. Pour 6 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar into the jar (or enough to fill it about 1/4 in.).
  4. adding vinegar
  5. Gently swirl the jar around to combine the ingredients.
  6. mixing ingredients
  7. 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.
  8. putting plastic wrap on

  9. Using a toothpick, poke holes into the plastic so the flies can get in.
  10. poking holes with tooth pick
  11. 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.
  12. trap next to bananas
Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 14
Read More Comments

4 More Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

July 24, 2019

Summer is here and one of the mysteries of the ages, at least to me, is why and how those pesky gnats come up out of my drains and potted plants and drive me bonkers. I place a small bowl of ACV and a squirt of liquid soap onto my kitchen and bathroom counters and also the window sill in my master bedroom bathroom where I have some potted plants.


The gnats are attracted by the ACV. Problem solved.

Vinegar and Soap for Gnats - gnats floating in the bowl

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 2


May 7, 2013

I absolutely hate fruit flies! This trap is very easy to make and works really well.

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 2


ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.

August 16, 2010

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
In These Pages
Home and Garden Pest Control FliesJuly 4, 2017
New Years Ideas!
Christmas Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2022-12-17 17:11:33 in 3 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2022 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.