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Chemical-Free Pesticide

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I have been very careful about the way I care for our vegetable garden. I try to avoid chemical-heavy products as it is, and using chemicals on our little garden just seems silly. Unfortunately, I am growing many leafy greens which little bugs just seem to love! Luckily this mixture for my Chemical-Free Pesticide has worked like a charm. In fact, you can see the little critters scurry off your plants as you spray them–very reassuring!
Time: 5 Minutes Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients Needed:
1. White Distilled Vinegar
2. Dish Soap
3. Water
  • gardening pesticide natural chemical free, gardening, go green, how to
Directions:
1. Combine 1 part vinegar with two parts water into a spray bottle.
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2. Add 2 teaspoons of dish soap and shake!
  • gardening pesticide natural chemical free, gardening, go green, how to
3. Spray generously over the leaves of your fruits, vegetables and other flower and vegetable garden plants.
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4.Watch as insects run away!
  • gardening pesticide natural chemical free, gardening, go green, how to
  • gardening pesticide natural chemical free, gardening, go green, how to

To see more: http://www.cleanandproper.com/chemical-free-pesticide/

Got a question about this project?

  • Barbara Hansen
    Barbara Hansen Vacaville, CA
    on Aug 27, 2014

    Anyone have a SAFE mix for killing and repelling thrips? I've lost my tomatoes, and they are heavily infesting my 24 year old grape vine. I've tried a bunch of "home remedies" and yesterday cut down my tomatoes and tossed them. I'm struggling here now for the 2nd or 3rd year with these buggers and want DONE with them!

  • Barbara Hansen
    Barbara Hansen Vacaville, CA
    on Aug 27, 2014

    BTW vinegar kills plants...whether weeds or herbs, it doesn't know or care! it's just nontoxic to people. I've used sulphur, and hard streams of water. I still have thrips. I have lady bugs, and praying mantids.. I think the thrips are too small for the mantids and the ladies don't like them (?).

  • Polyana Anna
    Polyana Anna North Hills, CA
    on Sep 1, 2014

    Has anyone used baking soda for the bugs? Does it work diluted with slightly warm water? Please let me know, thanks - Julian

  • Stacey
    Stacey Royse City, TX
    on Apr 28, 2015

    I tried this mixture on my plants and it turned all the leaves black and now my plants are dying!!!

  • Florida Beachpotato
    Florida Beachpotato
    on Nov 15, 2016

    Vinegar will burn and kill the plants if too strong a solution. In a spray bottle I use Dr. Bronner's peppermint liquid soap - diluted by 75% water, large pinch of baking soda. For many years. Inside the house too. Get it at health food storesl

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