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Natural Insect Repellant

Soapy garlic garden spray will remedy your pest problem.
By Natural Home Staff
March/April 2004
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Strong-smelling herbs repel garden insects so you don’t have to resort to pesticides. Mix up this recipe for a bug-battling concoction from author Annie Berthold-Bond.

Natural Insect Repellant
Makes 4 cups

1 head garlic
2 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon liquid soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap)
2 cups water

1. Peel and mash garlic. Place it in a pint-size lidded jar and cover with boiling water. Screw on lid and let sit overnight.

2. Strain out garlic pulp. Add 2 cups water, oil, and liquid soap to the garlic infusion; stir to mix.

3. Set aside half the infusion to freeze and use another time. Pour the rest into a spray bottle.

4. Spritz on leaves, stems, and ground in infested areas. (Discard any leftover spray; it won’t keep unless frozen.)

From Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).








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