To use household items to eliminate cockroaches, spread petroleum jelly on the inside rim of a jar, bait the jar with apple peelings, and place the jar in areas where the insects are frequently observed to trap them. Use a vacuum to remove visible cockroaches, and spread a mixture of baking soda or Borax and powdered sugar in hidden areas. To increase the effectiveness of the chosen treatments, clean the home thoroughly, and remove the insect's food and water sources.
When using Borax or baking soda to eliminate cockroaches, mix the chosen ingredient with equal amounts of powdered sugar, and spread the mixture under the refrigerator, on top of cabinets and in cracks and crevices around the home. Another option is to mix equal parts Plaster of Pars and cornstarch, and spread the mixture in cracks and crevices to kill the insects.
Old coffee cans also trap the insects. To use an old coffee can to trap cockroaches, place a piece of beer-soaked bread in the bottom of the coffee can, and place the can in the affected area.
When cleaning the home, pour chlorine bleach into drains, vacuum or sweep the home thoroughly to eliminate crumbs and other food sources, and apply caulking to the area around water pipes.