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5 Homemade Pesticides For Your Garden

Did you know that there are many different pesticides that you can make yourself using common ingredients from your pantry? By making your pesticides, you can avoid harsh chemicals and save money. Plus, it’s fun to experiment with new recipes! If you’re looking for ways to keep your garden healthy, try out some of these homemade pesticides.

Soap Spray Pesticide

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Soap spray pesticide is one of the most popular pesticides for gardens. It is made with soap and water, and it is safe to use around children and pets. Soap spray pesticides will kill most insects, including aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites.

To make soap spray pesticide, you will need:

  • A large bucket
  • 1-quart water
  • 1 tablespoon mild dish soap
  • Clean spray bottle


  • Fill the bucket with water. Add dish soap and mix well.
  • Pour your pesticide concoction into a clean spray bottle.
  • To use, simply spray the mixture on your plants. Be sure to coat the undersides of the leaves, as this is where most insects reside.

Soap spray pesticide is most effective when used in the early morning or late evening when insects are less active. If it is too hot outside, the soap will evaporate and will not be as effective. You can store unused soap spray pesticide in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks.

Vinegar Pesticide

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Another easy-to-make homemade pesticide is vinegar spray. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and will kill many different types of pests. Vinegar is also non-toxic to humans and pets, so it’s safe to use on your indoor plants. Here’s how to make a vinegar pesticide for your garden:

To make vinegar pesticide, you will need:

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • Clean spray bottle


  • Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
  • Spray liberally on plants that are infested with pests.
  • Reapply every few days as needed.

Vinegar is particularly effective against aphids, caterpillars, and stink bugs. So, if you’re having trouble with any of those pests, be sure to give this natural pesticide a try.

Oil and Water Pesticide

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If you are looking for a more potent homemade pesticide, you can try mixing oil and water. Oil and water pesticide is a safe and effective way to keep your garden free of pests.

To make oil and water pesticides, you will need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • Clean spray bottle
  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap


Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Then, when you see pests on your plants, spray them with the mixture. The oil will suffocate the pests, and the dish soap will break down their protective coatings, killing them quickly.

This natural pesticide is safe for both humans and animals, so you can feel good about using it in your garden. Plus, it’s a great way to recycle any oil that would otherwise go to waste. So next time you see pests in your garden, reach for the oil and water pesticide!

Neem Oil Pesticide

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Neem oil is a natural substance that has a variety of uses. It can be used as a pesticide, insecticide, fungicide, and even an herbicide. Neem oil is derived from the seeds of the neem tree, which is native to India. The oil has a strong, pungent smell and is yellowish.

To use neem oil as a pesticide, dilute it with water. The amount of water will depend on the concentration of neem oil that you are using. For example, if you are using a concentrate that is 60% neem oil, you would add 4 ounces of concentrate to 1 gallon of water.

Once the neem oil has been diluted, it can be applied to the leaves or roots of plants using a garden sprayer. Be sure to thoroughly cover the leaves or roots that you are treating. Neem oil should not be applied to plants in direct sunlight as this can cause leaf scorch.

Chili Pepper Pesticide

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Chili powder is a great way to add some spice to your garden! Not only will it deter pests, but it will also give your plants a boost of flavor. Here’s how to make your chili powder pesticide:

To make chili pesticide, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1-gallon water
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • Clean spray bottle


  • Mix the chili powder and water in a large container.
  • Add the dish soap and stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply to your plants as needed.
  • Reapply every few days or as needed.

In Summary

There are many different recipes for homemade pesticides that you can use to keep your garden free of pests and disease. These recipes are easy to make and use common household ingredients safe for humans and animals. Try one of these recipes today and see the difference it makes in your garden!

Do you have any tips or tricks that have worked well for you? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you!