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Peppermint Castile Soap Insect Spray

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ecocleandeckFrom the new card deck, Eco-Clean Deck, 50 Recipes for Nontoxic Household Cleaners, by Annie B. Bond

For most garden pests you don’t need much more than soap to kill pests, but make sure not to use more than directed or you can kill the plant. Soap works as an insecticide by dehydrating the insects. I particularly like this formula because it is straightforward, safe, and simple. You can make a bigger batch, but don’t add more than 2 tablespoons of soap to a gallon of water.

Peppermint Castile Soap Spray
Makes 2 cups
Self life: indefinite
Preparation time: a few minutes
Storage: leave in the spray bottle

2 teaspoons peppermint castile soap
2 cups water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake, and spray infested areas.

Eucalyptus and Pennyroyal Spray: Substitute 1 teaspoon each eucalyptus and pennyroyal for the soap (avoid pennyroyal if pregnant).
Rosemary Spray: Add 1 teaspoon essential oil of rosemary

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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