Homemade Plant Spray Insecticide


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.

Step 1

Shave 1/4 from a bar of laundry soap.

Step 2

Dissolve the soap in 1 qt. of hot water. Stir the soap into the water until it dissolves completely.

Step 3

Put the concentrated insecticide into a labeled jar.

Step 4

Measure 1 tsp. of insecticide per quart of water and put the mixture into a spray bottle or insecticide sprayer.

Step 5

Spray directly onto infested plants.

Step 6

Reapply after heavy rain, or as needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Laundry soap (bar)
  • Jar
  • Spray bottle


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Leah Deitz has been writing alternative health and environmental-related articles for five years. She began her writing career at a small newspaper covering city politics but turned to environmental concerns after beginning her freelance career. When she is not exploring the trails and outdoors of the East Coast, Deitz writes for a number of websites including eHow.com, Trails.com and Associated Content.