Homemade Aphid Spray Recipes

July 13, 2000

Aphids on RosesFor aphid control on roses, here is what we use:



Put it all in a spray bottle, mix it up (foaminess is good), spray every day 'til the aphids kick the bucket!

Also, I use the high-powered spray from the hose to knock them off if the roses are still in bud stage.

Or, as a last resort, I put on my garden gloves, crush the little buggers with my fingers (yuk!), then top the roses off with the homemade spray.

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June 22, 2007

Several Aphid Tips including: Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk:Mix Carnation Milk Mix with water according to instructions on the box. Fill a trigger spray bottle with the solution.

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April 27, 2004

I am looking for a homemade aphid repellant recipe. I know I have used one before but the recipe has escaped me.

Homemade Aphid Repellant

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June 21, 2012

I spray infected plants with citric acid solution (1 teaspoon of citric acid dissolved in 0.5 L of water). I sometimes spray this solution on all plants as a protective method even if they're not affected, and repeat as needed, it works.

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December 12, 2020

Can I squeeze oranges all over my rose to kill aphids?


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December 12, 20201 found this helpful
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It is NOT recommended to use straight citrus juice on the plants, as the acids can harm the plant and the fresh juice may attract other unwanted pests. I did find three easy mixtures you CAN use safely.


# 1. Add 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap and 1 teaspoon vegt. oil in a 1 quart spray bottle, then top off bottle with water. Shake well and spray the plants every 2 to 3 days....more often if it rains.

# 2. Take any size spray bottle and fill to 1/3 with white distilled vinegar and 2/3 with water. Shake to mix and spray plants to kill aphids and their larvae on contact. Repeat if needed.

# 3. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon vegt. oil, and 2 liters (just under 1/2 gallon) of water. Mix well in a spray bottle and apply every 2 to 3 days...more often if it rains after spraying.

I hope this helps cure the problem. Good luck.

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The juice doesn't really help. It's the orange peel, Aphids and other insects do not like the scent of the peel. In return the Aphids stay away from your roses, it's a natural repellant .


Also banana peels are also great to get rid of Aphids and makes a great compost for your rose garden. -

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I have several large rose bushes and I keep Neem Oil on hand as it is organic and biodegradable - a natural product and will work on all of the bugs/insects/black spot on roses and does help with problems on many other plants but mainly it is environmentally safe for all plants, humans and pets. Neem Oil has been recommended for many years and is a really good product to have around if you have roses or almost any kind of other plants.


Sometimes I add a few drops of blue Dawn but that is not necessary.
Neem Oil can be purchased at any garden center or online and it is not expensive because you add water to the oil and a small container goes a long way/lasts a long time.

You just need some sort of sprayer as you have to mix the Neem oil with water but any kind of sprayer will work.

Spme information about Neem Oil:

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June 30, 2013

I have seen posts that suggest using vinegar to get rid of aphids. Isn't vinegar harmful to growing things?

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Vinegar is a great HERBICIDE (weed killer). For aphids, I suggest a squirt of liquid dish soap in a pint or so of water, spray the leaves, contacting as many aphids as possible. After 20 minutes or so, you may want to rinse off the soapy water so you don't burn the leaves.

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February 23, 2012

I am looking for a recipe for killing aphids with dish soap and water.

By Mary from Butler, PA


February 24, 20121 found this helpful
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get a large spray bottle big enough to hold the followig ingredients:

1 cup vegetable oil or white mineral oil
2 cups water
2 teaspoons bleach free dish soap


Add all ingredients to spray bottle and shake well before each use because the oil separates from the soap mixture once it sits for a bit. When spraying your plants, bushes etc... be sure you spray under the leaves and on any new growth as that is where the aphids love to hide and eat. This works excellent for us and I hope it will do the same for you. Be sure not to add more soap than required as it can kill your plants.

Donna L. Watauga, TX

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September 17, 2011

Will liquid a hand soap dissolved in water kill aphids?



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I used dish soap and water on my garden all last summer with great success. The inexpensive store brand worked the best. Start with a few drops per 32 oz spray bottle, every other day for a few days. Then keep increasing the soap ratio as the plants get used to it.


The bugs and slugs hate it but the bees seem to still work around it. Make sure you get the soil too because that's where they lay their eggs. Dish soap acts like a fertilizer for the soil too. I sprayed before dark and it worked great. Good luck!

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May 16, 2019

Do I rinse the spray off? After how long? I sprayed with the dish soap mix.

Thanks everyone! I'm eternally grateful for your tips and experience.


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May 17, 20190 found this helpful

You are only using a tablespoon of dish soap to a gallon of water, correct? There is no need to rinse off.

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You should leave it on but do not spray during the hottest part of the day.
Early morning and a couple of hours before sundown is usually considered the best time to spray.

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March 3, 2019

I'm looking for a non-toxic aphid repellant for use on indoor grown tomato plants.


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March 3, 20190 found this helpful

I use an organic insecticidal soap. It is food grade and I can spray and eat the same day. It should be fine for your houseplants

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I am a fan of using just a few drops of regular blue dawn dish soap in a spray bottle with water and washing them away if you get them.

Prevention is the key though!!

When I used to do outside food gardens, I would plant garlic around the tomato plants and never had aphid problems. I am thinking that would work for inside too...I have never tried it, but I can't see why it wouldn't work.

Garlic is a natural aphid repellent. They hate it :)

Post back what you decide.

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March 16, 2009

I was told that mixing Dawn Dish Soap in water will kill aphids on your plants. Is this true?

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September 10, 2006

We have aphids on some of our plants. I have heard that dish soap in water will control them. Does anyone know the amount of dish soap to use?

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