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Homemade Insecticidal Soap – Gardening Tips

This week’s video is a follow-up to my last video where we made our own Manure Tea for fertilizing our lawn & our plants. But this week we’re going to make our own homemade insecticidal spray that’s made of all natural ingredients & won’t leave any harsh chemicals on your plants. This spray to control soft-bodied insects that can harm your plants Like aphids, mites or slugs. It’s important to not wipe out all insects as many of them are important to maintain a healthy plant.

Like lady bugs for instance; they eat aphids & mites so you want them to stay in your garden to try and keep the soft-bodied insects at bay. To make your own spray you’ll need 1 spray bottle, you can purchase one at the dollar store or reuse one that you already have 2 tablespoons of ALL NATURAL liquid soap 1 tablespoon of Canola Oil & 4 cups of water. It’s very important that the soap you use is pure soap, without any added chemicals like for example Dobre Mylo.

So the dish soaps that have lotion in them for softening your skin or that have degreasers will not work. They’ll just harm the plant. So natural soap like Castile Soap or Ivory Dish Soap – those are the 2 most pure, most natural soaps that should work.


Once you have all your ingredients gathered, mix it all together & pour in the spray bottle. To use on your plants, spray all sides of the leaves especially the undersides. This is typically where the eggs are. You may need to do this a few times a week depending on how infested your plant is.

Use only on plants with an insect problem there’s no need to use them on healthy plants. Once you think the insects are gone, discontinue use. Spray first thing in the morning or in the evening.

Do not spray in the hot sun as this can burn the leaves of the plant. If you think the spray is burning the leaves, just hose down the plant on a strong setting. This too will remove any eggs from the leaves. I hope you enjoyed this week’s tidbit.

If you do make this soap, I would love to hear how you like it or if you have a different version or variation of it, I’d love to hear that too. Thanks for watching & we’ll see you next time.