How to Get Rid of Aphids Without Using Pesticide

Updated on December 5, 2017
My chives were dying before I made this natural repellent!
My chives were dying before I made this natural repellent!

How to Make an All-Natural Aphid Repellent

When I see an entire plant overrun by aphids, I figure as long as they stay on one plant, they can have it. That's how I almost lost my entire pot of chives. Then one weekend, my friend Annie mentioned an all-natural repellent she makes when she sees them in her garden. She gave me the recipe, and it worked overnight! Every black aphid on my chives disappeared, and I counted significantly lower numbers of the little insects on my spinach crop. Read on to see how to make it yourself!

What You'll Need:

  • 2 drops of dishwashing detergent
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil (any kind)
  • 1 teaspoon epsom salt
  • 1 24 oz. spray bottle

Put all of the ingredients in a 24 oz. spray bottle. Fill up the rest of the bottle with water and spray the solution on your plants. It works like a dream!

This is the same pot of chives, 2 months later! I only sprayed it twice, and the aphids disappeared after the first spray.
This is the same pot of chives, 2 months later! I only sprayed it twice, and the aphids disappeared after the first spray.

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        Laurie 

        2 months ago

        I had a serious effort problem on the ficus that I’ve had for over 20 years… Is on the screened in porch…

        I had Tried almost every remedy inclusive of the soap mixture nothing was working… Picking them off by hand… It was insane finally realize that it happened because I had repotted it and they were probably in the soil...

        Came across a suggestion to mix 1/3 peroxide with 2/3 water and douse the soil with it & Also spray the plant…

        It worked.

        After two weeks I begin fertilizing and the plant that was suffering and nearly dying is making a big comeback...

        However just today I found one single insect that looks like it could be an aphid and removed it but I will be watching it. I live in Florida I don’t know if it’s coming from outside or not. But after almost 25 years of never having an insect problem this has been making me angry.

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        Berto 

        4 months ago

        I water my chives everyday and thought it was just dirt! Thanks to this awesome article they’ve all gone away! 14344.

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        Paula 

        2 years ago

        Thanks for the tip. We live in a condo and had aphids everywhere on our 3rd story deck. I used the spray pretty consistently for two days and the aphids are gone! Nice thing is, the spray doens't stain things but if you use it around windows, you'll need to wash them. Now I can enjoy sitting on our deck again.

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        jr360 

        3 years ago

        I am wondering do I need to wash it off later? I have heard that this recipe

        used on roses needs to washed off later or it hurts the rose. What ever I am going to use it on the chives, I cannot believe it it happened literally over night. My big beautiful chive plant covered in black bugs ahh! Thank you for the information it will be put to use

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        Cat holland 

        3 years ago

        As soon as I sprayed.. They ran from the bottom of the flowering choice to the top.. Thank you! They're driving me crazy

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        precy anza 

        5 years ago from USA

        I am going to try this but first I need to get my baking soda. :) I had just used it from cleaning the shower and I'm now out of it. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us! Up and shared!

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        morgan968 

        5 years ago

        These are one of the most annoying pest's, thank you for sharing such a helpful article. It helped me beat my aphid problem. People don't know about using insects to beat your pest problem. I also found this article very helpful and thought I would share with everyone.

        http://thebloomingoasis.com/get-rid-of-aphids

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