Make Your Own Insecticidal Soap

July 24, 2018

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Having bad luck with houseplants isn't all your fault.  While you may think it's because you lack a "green thumb" in keeping them healthy, many instances it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with aphids, spider mites and other insects that eventually kill your plant. Worse is those pests can quickly move to other plants.  But rather than tossing out an infected plant, you can give them a spritz of insecticidal soap. It is a non-toxic spray that kills small soft-bodied insects. It can be used both outdoors and indoors and it won't negatively affect beneficial insects or other wildlife. It's cheap to buy, and even cheaper if you make your own. All you need is a spray bottle, vegetable oil, liquid dish soap and water. Make sure your dish soap doesn't contain bleach or degreaser, and avoid synthetic dyes and fragrances if you can. Add a quarter cup of vegetable oil and one tablespoon of the liquid soap to the spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with warm water and shake it really well. Spray the solution directly on the pests, making sure they are thoroughly wet. Do this weekly until the pest problem is resolved.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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