Use a Homemade Organic Bug Spray to Get Rid of Pests

Use this safe, dishsoap-based homemade organic bug spray to get rid of pests like gnats, flies and bugs.

| August/September 2000

  • Organic safe bug spray
    Want a homemade organic bug spray that is an earth-friendly gnat, fly and bug repellent?

  • Organic safe bug spray

An earth-friendly gnat, fly and bug repellent: a homemade organic bug spray made of dish liquid rids you of pests. 

Want a homemade organic bug spray that is an earth-friendly gnat, fly and bug repellent? Forget all of those nasty bug sprays: I use dish liquid in a spray bottle. Just add some water and boom! They don't enjoy that company!

R. Adams
Logan, OH

8/20/2014 8:36:24 PM

I get rid of mosquitoes when I go out to garden by taking a cup of witch hazel and adding twenty drops of oil of peppermint to it. I spray myself and my clothes and they stay away from me.

8/20/2014 11:48:32 AM

This is not organic. Unless the dish detergent is OMRI listed as safe for use on crops you cannot claim this is organic. Further, you should not use it. There are a variety of toxic phosphates, volatile organic compounds (so-called "fragrance"), and other chemicals in "ordinary dish soap". The proper way is to use a blend of food grade vegetable oil, a certified organic OMRI listed soap such as Dr. Bronner's, and well or rain water. City water is not organic due to fluoridation and chlorination. You can use city water if it has been RO filtered. There is a distressing degree of over-use and/or misuse of the term "organic" by people who should know better and profess to care about its meaning. When applied to food grown or sold in the USA "organic" should only mean "USDA Certified Organic" with all of the legal requirements such certification carries. It is in fact a violation of federal law to do otherwise. When applied to international foods it should refer to food grown in compliance with standards and practices set forth by IFOAM and/or the locally IFOAM compliant certification standards. In my opinion, neither standard is entirely sufficient, but they provide a minimum level of quality assurance for the consumer. Such standards are absolutely necessary because of the type of post submitted above and then rebroadcast by some well meaning staffer at MEN. Chemistry matters. It is a science, and when dealing with chemical issues such as whether or not a substance contains toxic chemicals unfit for regular human consumption, scientific rigor must apply. In general, one must either only use certified organic substances or be fully educated on what substances are truly safe and usable to compound a certified organic solution. It is precisely because of this desire to "simplify" an inherently detailed subject that certification and its attendant bureaucracy is required. I hate it. But, I hate imprecise guides that can poison people slowly, when followed with the best of intentions, even more.

9/4/2013 10:59:26 PM

Enough water to thin the dish soap down so it will spray easily from the spray bottle. Some spray caps require thinner liquid than others. Experiment!


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