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All-Natural Homemade Bug Spray

Chances are really good you have on hand the ingredients to make this all-natural, potent, bug spray that is very effective on ants and other creepy crawlies!
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Pest Control
Cuisine: Garden and Outdoors
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Mary Hunt
Cost: $.75


  • one-quart jar with lid
  • knife
  • sieve
  • measuring spoon
  • 16-oz. spray bottle


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap


  • Gather items: jar, water, onions, garlic and tools.
  • Chop and prepare
    choped onions
  • Pour the water, chopped garlic, chopped onion, and cayenne into a 1-quart jar. Apply the lid and allow to steep for one hour
  • Add liquid soap, apply lid, and shake to mix.
    pure castile soap
  • Pour through a sieve into a spray bottle (or into a wider container first, then transfer to spray bottle.)
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This all-purpose insect spray remains potent for only 1 week, so use it up.
Safe around pets and children!