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Homemade Orange Oil Pesticide for Vegetables

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
Spray growing vegetables with a homemade orange oil pesticide.
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If you find any insects or bugs on your vegetables you may need to get rid of them right away. Unfortunately, chemical pesticides will seep in to the vegetables. You don&#039;t want to eat the pesticide, so it is best to stick with a natural solution. Orange oil--as well as any other citrus oil--is excellent for using as a pesticide. It repels bugs and insects but isn&#039;t harmful to humans or pets when sprayed on your vegetables.

Place 3 tbsp. of liquid organic Castile soap in a garden sprayer. If this product isn&#039;t available locally, you can get it online.

Add 1 oz. of orange oil and a gallon of water to the garden sprayer.

Shake the garden sprayer to combine the three ingredients.

Pressurize the garden sprayer by pulling the pump up and down and begin spraying the vegetables with your homemade orange oil pesticide. You should begin to see results immediately.


Things You Will Need

  • 3 tbsp. liquid organic Castile soap
  • 1 oz. orange oil
  • 1 gallon water
  • Garden sprayer


  • Neem oil is also an all-natural pesticide. You have the option of adding 1 oz. of neem oil to your homemade pesticide.
  • You can also sprinkle diatomaceous earth on top of the soil around your vegetables. The diatomaceous earth will pierce the skeleton of any bugs or insects that crawl on it, causing them to dehydrate and die.

About the Author


Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.