Homemade insecticides are a cost-effective alternative to harsh and expensive chemical products. In addition to being cheap, these non-detergent based soap insecticides are effective at removing soft bodied insects such as aphids, ants and many other garden insects. These solutions are considered non-toxic and are safe around pets and children.
Shave 1/4 from a bar of laundry soap.
Dissolve the soap in 1 qt. of hot water. Stir the soap into the water until it dissolves completely.
Put the concentrated insecticide into a labeled jar.
Measure 1 tsp. of insecticide per quart of water and put the mixture into a spray bottle or insecticide sprayer.
Spray directly onto infested plants.
Reapply after heavy rain, or as needed.