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!
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Jkl on September 13, 2019:
Used it on 3 different types of chives in 3 different locations. Works better than any other natural home sprays I've used in the past. After 2 applications my infestation has cleared over 90%. I cut down and discarded the infested crop to cut down on the surface area to be sprayed and to minimize any leaf areas that might be missed during spraying. Thanks for the recipe!
Laurie on May 16, 2018:
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…
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.
Berto on February 19, 2018:
I water my chives everyday and thought it was just dirt! Thanks to this awesome article they’ve all gone away! 14344.
Paula on July 23, 2015:
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.
jr360 on June 21, 2015:
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
Cat holland on May 09, 2015:
As soon as I sprayed.. They ran from the bottom of the flowering choice to the top.. Thank you! They're driving me crazy
precy anza from USA on June 08, 2013:
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!
morgan968 on May 02, 2013:
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.