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Frugal Living: Homemade Pesticides

Posted: 04/30/12 8:00 AM (Modified: 04/30/12 8:00 AM)


*I decided to bring this back today because I found some pests eating away at my lettuce. I started thinking a few of you might be dealing with that too. Enjoy the post!*

It's that time of year again and all of us are thinking about gardening especially after last week's Square Foot Gardening post! Jessica found a few great recipes for pesticides that aren't full of harsh chemicals so I thought I would highlight those today.

{Homemade Pesticide}

Dish Soap

Clove of Garlic

2 Onions

Jalapeno Pepper

Directions: Chop the veggies and throw them in the blender. Once well blended, place the mixture into a pot of warm water on the stove. Let it sit for up to 30 minutes, it will be a strong smelling soup-like consistency.

When it is done sitting, strain the veggies from the mixture. You'll be left with a strong smelling water. Remove the mixture from the stove and add 1 1/2 TBS of dish soap. Then, add this mixture to a spray bottle.

You can spray the leaves and stem of the plant with this mixture and it will taste pretty bad to the pesky bugs. Because this isn't filled with harsh chemicals, it might take a few days of spraying to get rid of the pests.

{Homemade Ant Killer}

1 Cup Borax

2/3 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Water

Directions: Mix this solution together and dip cotton balls into the mix. Place the cotton balls near the anthill, the ants will eat the mix and take it back home...and that's it.

These mixtures are great to use for vegetable gardens so while you're doing that, I thought it would be great to show off an easy to make produce wash too.

{Homemade Produce Wash}

1 Cup Water

1 Cup Vinegar

2 TBS Lemon Juice

2 TBS Baking Soda

Directions: Mix the ingredients together slowly because the vinegar and baking soda will give you a volcano effect. Once well mixed, pour it into a spray bottle. Spray produce well then let it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing.

Enjoy the yummy goodness from your garden this year!

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Mar 15, 2012 01:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I clean my 'fresh from the garden' veggies and any store bought veggies w/just water and vinegar. Fill your sink w/water and about 1/4 cup of vinegar. The vinegar will kill any critters :)


Apr 24, 2012 01:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

My friend told me a few weeks ago that she read in a gardening book to mix 2 tsp dawn dishsoap with a cup water and pour it in each plants soil. I did that and it made my plants shiny and healthy looking, and no bugs at all so far. Just do it about every month or so. That being said, I'd skip the garlic, jalapeno and onion, but that's just me. Can't wait to try the ant killer though. I think they are trying to take over my kitchen and bathroom counters and I will win this battle. Lol

May 3, 2012 10:23 am
 Posted by  Tracie

I spray my lawn with lemon dish soap and listerine. I put a squirt of dishsoap in the hose sprayer and fill it up with the listerine. It works great. No fleas!

May 4, 2012 03:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow! I have never heard of lemon dish soap and listerine!!! Cool!


Jun 12, 2013 02:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

When you chop the JalapeƱo pepper, do you use the seeds also or does that get throw away before blending the vegetables together?

Jun 18, 2013 03:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I included the seeds also. -Jessica

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