To make the repellent, Niecy starts by cutting the very ends of the lemon off - just a centimetre, so that the lemon will sit still when it’s cut in half.
She then cuts the lemon in half and places each half into a small saucer. Niecy then pokes around 20 cloves - pointy end down - into the flesh of the lemon and puts a few extra on top, so the whole top is covered with cloves.
‘The cloves have a pleasant smell, and I’m assuming that’s what keeps the flies away,’ she says.
Niecy says the lemon repellent is effective for around six days, and she just gives the lemon a small squeeze each day to keep it juicy. And that’s it!
Adds Niecy: ‘If it's not working just add more [cloves]. They were particularly thick this afternoon so I just added more of them.’
Fans who’ve tried the hack say it’s genius.
‘My flies have disappeared,’ said one on a Facebook page. ‘I did this and it worked straight away, no more flies,’ said another.
Added a third: ‘Can’t wait to try this - would be great for Christmas Day!’
We couldn’t agree more! To watch Niecy's awesome tutorial, head here!