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Stop Bugging Me: Natural DIY Pesticide


You’ve worked so hard to get your summer garden blossoming. All those daily pep talks and Mozart have really done the trick. Don’t let pesky pests ruin all your hard work and dedication. Keep bugs at bay with your own natural DIY pesticide mix.

Not only will making your own natural pesticide save you money, but it’ll keep your garden and flowers free from toxic chemicals. You’ll also be keeping your pets and kids safe while just weeding out the bugs. Our favorite natural pesticide uses household foods that are spicy and potent to ward off a variety of bugs.

Spearmint Hot Pepper Horseradish Spray
This is effective on many different kinds of outside bugs and insects and should be an outside spray. 

  • 1/4 cup of hot red peppers
  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 1/4 cup of fresh spearmint
  • 1/4 cup horseradish, both root and leaves
  • 1 tablespoons of natural liquid detergent
  • 1/4 cup green onion tops
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From the Organic Authority Files

Mix the spearmint leaves, horseradish, onion tops and peppers together with the gallon of water. Let sit over night. Strain the water and pour into a clean spray bottle. Toss the veggies and herbs. Finally add the detergent and shake. You can use this to spray almost any plant safely. Store the mixture in a cool place and spray your plants once a week as necessary. Recipe courtesy of

To Keep Bugs Away From Houseplants

Banish pests from your indoor plants with this safe, natural pesticide. It works on a variety of insects and is safe enough to use around pets and kids. Mix 3 tablespoons of natural liquid detergent into a gallon of water. Pour into a spray bottle and use on your plants once a week as necessary.

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