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Prevent Pests with Pepper & Other Home Tips

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Jessica
04.30.12

It’s commonly known as salt’s less-used companion, but did you know that pepper can do more than add flavor to your food? You can use black pepper to prevent pests, deter deer and keep your colors bright. It’s nontoxic, pet and kid-friendly and most likely, it’s already on your kitchen table!

Try one of these alternate home uses for pepper, and then store your new favorite spice in one of these charming salt & pepper shakers:

Keep Colors Bright

To keep your St. Patty’s Day t-shirt green year-round, add a teaspoon of pepper to your bright colors wash load. Pepper can prevent bright colors from running and fading.

Keep Ants Away

To keep annoying ants out of your house, line any suspected entryways with black pepper. It isn’t harmful to kids or pets, and ants will avoid it. Bonus: Cinnamon works, too!

Deter Deer and Squirrels

Bugs aren’t the only creatures interested in your garden. If deer, raccoons, rabbits or squirrels are nibbling on your plants, mix equals parts black pepper and water. Use a spray bottle, and douse your plants. Tip: Cayenne pepper works, too!

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