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Easy Organic Pesticide

Updated on June 19, 2013

Growing Your Own Organic Garden

Growing your own organic vegetables is easy and rewarding. You get the eat the fruits of your labor and you can feel good knowing you are helping create a more sustainable food chain. This easy to make, organic bug spray recipe helps keep bugs off your veggies so there is more for you to enjoy!

Organic Versus Pesticides

Pesticides are a chemical substance used to kill pests that damage growing plants. While they do help increase crop yields, these chemicals are extremely harmful to the environment and people. Pesticides build up in soil and water sources and are detrimental to the health of animals and humans who inhabit the surrounding areas.

Organic pest deterrents keep plants healthy without harming the environment, people, or animals that come into contact with them. Instead of killing the pests, organic pest deterrents simply keep them off plants which protects the environment and your plants! Its a win, win!

DIY Organic Bug Spray
DIY Organic Bug Spray

Organic Pesticide

There are a lot of recipes for organic pesticides, but I have found that most of them don't work very well. This recipe is easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen and it is highly effective!

Here's what you will need for your DIY organic pesticide:

1 Diced Small Onion

1 Chopped Garlic Bulb (make sure you have a whole bulb, not just a clove!)

2 Teaspoons Cayenne Pepper

1 Quart of Water

1 Tablespoon of Dish Detergent

Spray Bottle

Let it Soak

Seep onion, garlic, and pepper powder in one quart of water for approximately 2 hours. Then strain the mixture, add the dish detergent, and pour liquid into spray bottle. Apply to plant leaves liberally including under on the underside of leaves. Reapply every week or following heavy rains.


Your DIY organic bug spray will last up to two weeks if stored in the fridge in a sealed container. If you have a smaller patio garden just cut the recipe in half to keep it from going to waste. Also, make sure you wash your veggies before you eat them and wash your hands after handling the spray - there is a lot of cayenne in this recipe!


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