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Soapy Water To Defeat Aphids

By Boopaints
April 4, 2012

3 teaspoons of dish soap added to a large squirt bottle helps get rid of pests, especially aphids. Spray both sides of your plants.

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Apr 3, 2012 6:14 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
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It seemed to work well for me the one time I needed it!

By the eay, I started that by buying some "insecticidal soap" in a spray bottle. But the "spray bottle" was more like a dribble glass, and wasted the soap in a slow, wide stream that ran right off the leaves.

I transferred it to a better spray bottle, that sent a fine mist at high speed. That covered the plant more fully, and efficiently.

But I suspect the soapy spray did more good than the "special" insecticidal soap. I suspect that plain dish-washing liquid was just about as insecticidal as the fancier soap.
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Apr 3, 2012 7:37 PM CST
Name: Terese
Central Florida, (Zone 9b)
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i buy the cheapest "lemon" dish soap i can find.

dont know if the lemon actually does anything... but i was told lemon soap ... and i've been using it almost 20 yrs now.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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Apr 3, 2012 8:40 PM CST
Name: Pegi Putnam
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Well, I've been using the soap spray for years too, I do think my aphids are beginning to like it. I need to go out tomorrow and give them another dose. Great Idea!! Hilarious!
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Apr 3, 2012 9:53 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
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Do you just add 3 teaspoons of the liquid dish soap and no water?

How often during the season should it be done? (spraying the infected plants)
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Apr 4, 2012 4:04 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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We had a little discussion about what kinds of "soaps" to use. I have used several types, but some recommend only dish SOAP as opposed to any dish detergent. Dr. Bronner's makes pure castille soap in liquid and bar form. I have used that for a long time (the peppermint).

The only thing I would say is be careful of liquid detergents with too many grease cutters and additives. Check out the kind of liquid detergent you will use to make the spray if you go that route. I've had good success with some of them in the past (Dawn, Palmolive, Ivory). But companies sometimes change their detergent formulas and the high-powered, harsh detergents can strip plant oils and kill some plants.

I do like making insecticidal soap at home. Good frugal and useful tip. Thumbs up
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Apr 4, 2012 5:45 AM CST
Name: Terese
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Marilyn said:Do you just add 3 teaspoons of the liquid dish soap and no water?

How often during the season should it be done? (spraying the infected plants)



What i do is.... Take my Qt sized, or pint sized spray bottle, fill it with water up to the 'neck'. squirt in the dish soap, shake it up. From what I was told, as long as you see 'suds' when shaken, you have enough soap. i have never measured.

Also, the 'soap spray' is a contact thing... the sudsy solution has to come in contact with said bugs to kill them. so it's not like it's a preventative measure. When i see the aphids, i run for the bottle and spray them. I will from time to time, just leave the bottle hanging on my chain link fence - as it got used to often.

I mostly use it on aphids and ants, when they get in the house in the summer.

Hope this helps,
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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Apr 4, 2012 10:41 AM CST
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I honestly use any soap that I have on hand and they have all worked. Also, I do the same as Terese and fill the squirt bottle with water first and add the soap. You can't go wrong: the aphids hate soap.
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Apr 4, 2012 10:53 AM CST
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I have used this dishwashing soap solution as well, and I also add a few drops of tabasco sauce. It seems to work faster from what I see, seeing the aphids really slide off as well as those nasty scales and mites.
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Apr 4, 2012 12:55 PM CST
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Good tip, Boo!
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Apr 4, 2012 1:13 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
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bsavage said:Good tip, Boo!


I agree Thumbs up
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Apr 4, 2012 1:14 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
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tcs1366 said:

What i do is.... Take my Qt sized, or pint sized spray bottle, fill it with water up to the 'neck'. squirt in the dish soap, shake it up. From what I was told, as long as you see 'suds' when shaken, you have enough soap. i have never measured.

Also, the 'soap spray' is a contact thing... the sudsy solution has to come in contact with said bugs to kill them. so it's not like it's a preventative measure. When i see the aphids, i run for the bottle and spray them. I will from time to time, just leave the bottle hanging on my chain link fence - as it got used to often.

I mostly use it on aphids and ants, when they get in the house in the summer.

Hope this helps,



Thank you so much! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Apr 4, 2012 1:17 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
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SongofJoy said:We had a little discussion about what kinds of "soaps" to use. I have used several types, but some recommend only dish SOAP as opposed to any dish detergent. Dr. Bronner's makes pure castille soap in liquid and bar form. I have used that for a long time (the peppermint).

The only thing I would say is be careful of liquid detergents with too many grease cutters and additives. Check out the kind of liquid detergent you will use to make the spray if you go that route. I've had good success with some of them in the past (Dawn, Palmolive, Ivory). But companies sometimes change their detergent formulas and the high-powered, harsh detergents can strip plant oils and kill some plants.

I do like making insecticidal soap at home. Good frugal and useful tip. Thumbs up



Can you buy this soap locally or do I need to order it online? Where do you get yours? I really love Lovey dubby the fact that it is organic and isn't tested on animals! Lovey dubby Hurray! Thumbs up
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Apr 4, 2012 1:30 PM CST
Name: Carole
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Marilyn, I buy my Dr. B's soaps at Kroger's. You probably have that grocery chain somewhere near you? Maybe? I'm unsure exactly where Hebron is located. Health food and natural food stores usually carry it as well.

tarev, I've not tried adding the Tabasco. Good idea. Thumbs up
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Apr 4, 2012 1:52 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
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SongofJoy said:Marilyn, I buy my Dr. B's soaps at Kroger's. You probably have that grocery chain somewhere near you? Maybe? I'm unsure exactly where Hebron is located. Health food and natural food stores usually carry it as well.

tarev, I've not tried adding the Tabasco. Good idea. Thumbs up


Wonderful! Green Grin! We have a Kroger's Marketplace a couple of miles from us! Thumbs up I shop there all the time. It's probably in the 'organic' isles near the produce section.

That is a good idea to add Tabasco to the spray bottle. Thumbs up

Thanks for letting me know also! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Apr 4, 2012 1:55 PM CST
Name: Carole
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Yes, that's exactly where it's located at my Kroger's, Marilyn ... just behind the produce section on the way to the seafood. Thumbs up Green Grin!
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Apr 4, 2012 2:12 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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It's probably around the Burt's Bees products! Green Grin!

Thanks again! Thumbs up
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Apr 4, 2012 2:24 PM CST
Name: Carole
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Yep. Hilarious!
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Jan 6, 2014 2:34 PM CST
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This is a great tip and I'm so glad it came up again! The recipe I use is 2 cups water, 1 tsp. tabasco, and 1 tsp. dish soap…Works great especially on the aphids that were attacking my broccoli! Grumbling Took care of every one of them, and now the heads are looking great! Thumbs up
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Jan 9, 2014 7:32 AM CST
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Jun 15, 2015 8:34 AM CST

Has anyone had any luck getting rid of aphids in a mature maple tree by a solution of dish detergent and water? My maple tree constantly drips sap from little white aphids on the leaves. It is too big to spray. Thanks. Doris

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