DIY pesticide for tomato plant

by Celia
I have Aphids on my tomatoes and need to kill them. I don't want to use lots of chemicals. Is there a home remedy?
  5 answers
  • Sheila owen Sheila owen on Jun 18, 2013
    I use a spray bottle with dawn liquid soap and use the works great:)

  • Joni Yuhas Fecher Joni Yuhas Fecher on Jun 18, 2013
    mix dish soap & water. Spray on plants.

  • Valerie Valerie on Jun 19, 2013
    I would agree that dish washing liquid, mixed in water, would be the ideal solution.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 19, 2013
    It is far better to use a commercial-but-organic insecticidal soap than a home brew. Commercial products are tested for their safe use on plants and the the soap in dish soap is actually too strong for many plants, stripping essential oils from the leaves.

  • Celia Celia on Jun 19, 2013
    Thank you all for the responses. I actually got desperate enough to spray it with an ECO-Smart flying bug spray I already had access to. It looks like it helped. I've used the diluted dish soap spray on roses for spider mites before but didn't know it would work on aphids. I will keep this in mind if I see them again.