your own natural insecticidal soap recipe
If you do not want
to use traditional insecticidal soap sprays on your plants,
there are non-insecticidal options you can use, and best of
all, they will cost you next to nothing to make at home.
First, you need
mild dish soap, the same kind you would use to wash the dishes
in your sink (not the dishwasher!) If you are doing organic
gardening, there are all natural dish soaps that you can buy
from the grocery or health food stores that do not have any
of the chemicals that regular dish soaps have.
In a clean, empty
spray bottle, fill it with water, then add a few squirts of
dish soap to the bottle. Give it a shake to combine the water
with the soap.
To use, spray on
your plants. Ideally, you should use it as soon as you see
a problem with bugs, do not "wait it out" to see
if the problem will ease itself. You should spray the plant
completely, including the stem and even the underside of the
If you have a serious
infestation of bugs on your plant, you can fill a bucket full
of soapy water, and then immerse the entire plant (including
the pot) into the soapy water for a couple of seconds.
Repeat as needed.