Recipes for Organic and Insecticide Sprays

Use of organic sprays are more friendly to the environment. They are comprised of common organic materials, soaps and occasionally other environmentally friendly materials. They are often home brewed recipes that you can make and save money along the way. Or, if you are not inclined to make up a batch of your own, they are readily available at most garden supply stores.

If you have a "recipe" for home made insecticides or fungicides, please email us so we can share it with others and do our part for the environment!

Insecticide Garlic Spray:

  • 1 Garlic Bulb
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Gallon Water
  1. Take an entire garlic bulb and two cups of water and blend in blender.
  2. Mix at high speed for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour into a container and set aside for up to one day.
  4. Strain liquid through a cheese cloth.
  5. Mix liquid with one gallon of water.
  6. Apply liberally on top and bottom of leaves.

Insecticide Soap Spray:

Liquid Dish Detergent

  1. Put one tablespoon of dish detergent per gallon into a sprayer.
  2. Apply liberally on top and bottom of leaves.
  3. Re-apply after rain or one to two weeks.

Hot Pepper Spray:

This can be used to repel, deer, rabbits and other pests from your flowers and some vegetables. Note, use caution with vegetables as a peppery taste may remain on the fruit.


  • Hot Peppers, the hotter the better
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 quart Water


  1. Put hot peppers and two cups of water into a blender.
  2. Mix at high speed for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour into a container and set aside for up to one day.
  4. Strain liquid through a cheese cloth.
  5. Add liquid into a one quart container. Fill container to top with water.
  6. Apply liberally to plants. Re-apply every week to two weeks or after a rain.

Fungicide/ Powdery Mildew Spray:


  • 1Gallon Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Bleach
  • 1 Teaspoon Dishwashing Liquid
Extremely important:

Do not use too much bleach! Use no more than 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. We hesitate to recommend using bleach as it can harm your plants if too much is applied. Use it at your own risk and try to avoid spraying it on healthy leaves.


  1. Snip and remove leaves that are worst affected.
  2. Mix ingredients with water.
  3. Spray remaining leaves top and undersides.
  4. Apply a heavier dose on leaves that have signs of infection and only lightly on unaffected leaves as bleach can actually harm and discolor the leaves.

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