Easy Organic Garden Bug Repellant

in DIY,For the Garden

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See those aphids? They killed that plant. But I mixed up some voodoo and I haven’t seen one since.

Allium Tea
6 cloves garlic
1 onion
1qt warm water
3T liquid soap* (not detergent)

Buzz first three in blender. Add soap. Steep overnight and strain. Spray directly on bugs as a killer or use in the mix below.

*If you don’t have homemade or Liquid Ivory handy, just blend a bar using the technique in this post (minus the oil) or melt it using the technique in this or this post.

Bug-Away Spray
1 fertilizer hose end attachment
1c liquid soap (not detergent)
1c allium tea
1c antiseptic mouthwash*

Fill hose end attachment. Set for 20 gallons. Hose down plants every two weeks, after any rain, or just when you feel like hacking off some bugs. This makes enough to probably last you through the summer.

*Mine has worked fine even without the mouthwash.

Now, if you’re a fan of companion planting, I recommend this: Put all ingredients except the allium tea in the hose end attachment. Do the asparagus, garlic, and legumes with that. Then add the cup of allium tea and spray the rest.

If you get hooked on mixing potions and want to be up to your eyeballs in them, this book and this book are my two favorites.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heidi June 3, 2009

Thank you!
This can’t work worse than the toxic stuff I tried last year that didn’t work at all.

2 ivorysoap76 June 4, 2009

Natural anything is better than toxic nothing!

3 nancy June 6, 2009

Got any “cures” for flies? There seem to be more this year than ever before! I don’t want to chase away the butterflies or bees, but these flies have GOT to go!!


4 CharlysGardenPlace June 7, 2009

I tried to email you with this question, but was using a different browser & emailer… not sure if it worked.
I’m wondering if you have a pest repellant for humans and animals? Something that really works!
We have mosquitoes and nasty little black flies that BITE – worse than he mosquitoes! Drive the dogs crazy, too. The bottled-store-bought stuff only works for a little while, and has to be sprayed heavy.
Any ideas?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

5 Organic Soap June 8, 2009

Most people have a really hard time fighting off bugs in the summer. Some bug repellents just don’t work from some people’s blood chemistry. That means that it is up to us to try and find one that doesn’t use harmful chemicals but can still do the job. Using organic products to produce a bug repellent would be the next step for the organic movement to hit mainstream audiences!

6 ivorysoap76 June 8, 2009

This one isn’t meant for your skin, just your plants, but we have a skin one coming out soon!

7 Charlotte July 16, 2009

Thank you so much>> going to make my steep overnight mix now!! I live in a forest on a mountain, we are also an animal preserve, so have to I garden thirty feet in the air on my deck and the bugs found me this year…

bless you

8 Angie's Frugal House November 8, 2009

For humans and dogs the SSS from Avon works for long periods of time, for my family. But as someone stated blood chemistry may play a part in the effectiveness of the product.

9 Stacey Petersen May 21, 2012

I’m a city girl new to country living. I’m trying my hand at organic gardening. Actually this is the 3rd year of trying. I’m looking forward to trying your bug repellent recipe for my garden.

10 Flying September 6, 2012

Where to get allium tea?

11 Karen May 16, 2013

Will Castile soap work in this instead of Ivory?

12 Daisy May 16, 2013

Karen–Yes, that’d be great.

13 Karen May 16, 2013

Thank you!

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