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Best Ever Garlic Spray for Garden Pests

Best Ever Garlic Spray for Garden Pests

Ever since my friend Doug Harp told me about the great results he got from using soap spray on the gypsy moths that had infested his apple trees, I’ve worked on perfecting the ideal insecticidal soap spray recipe that will work on a wide variety of garden pests.

This is it. It’s fast and easy to make, economical, non-toxic to the environment and to our own bodies – and it works!

Soap has been used for centuries as an all-purpose pesticide. It disrupts insects’ cell membranes, and kills pests by dehydration. The key is not to use too much soap, or you’ll also kill the vegetation near the pests. If you follow the proportions of soap to water in the Basic Soap Spray recipe, below, the vegetation should be fine.

Note: Buy a liquid soap, NOT a detergent. Health food stores have liquid soaps, such as Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps.

Basic Soap Spray
1 to 2 tablespoons liquid soap
1 quart water

Combine ingredients in a bucket, mix, then transfer to a spray bottle as needed.

Garlic Variation
1 to 2 heads garlic, chopped
Enough boiling water to cover

Put garlic in the bottom of a mason jar and cover with boiling water. Put lid on and allow to sit overnight, then strain and add garlic-water to the soap spray. This will decay, so be sure to freeze leftovers until ready to use again.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:29PM PST on Nov 24, 2014

How much of the garlic solution are you supposed to add to the soap and water spray?

8:03PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Like the thought. How many people have used this? Did it work?

7:11AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Can't wait to try this great new garden spray.

11:16AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Thanks. It's very interesting. I try to live as close to nature as possible.

3:01PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013


4:50PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

cool, thanks

8:18AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:56PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Interesting info, thank you.

8:55PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Interesting info, thank you.

7:57AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Great advice, I'll be sure to pass the information on. Thank you.

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