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#1 of 7 Old 05-30-2008, 09:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Would you use or not, Is this really safe for the plants.. I guess seeing as we use it on the dishes it would be okay for consumption. Will it kill all bugus, or just those eating my garden?? Anyone know the answers?

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I know a little - a mild concentration of soap works as an insecticide; a stronger concentration of soap works as an herbicide. Make sure you find a good recipe of soap to water before spraying anything to get the concentration right.

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My mom swears by soapy dishwater as a insecticide

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ivory, the old timey liquid kind, works beautifully. also, "butt water" is great for the really hard to kill buggies-find yourself a smoker, and ask them to keep their butts for you-half-fill up a container with them and fill to the top with water. let steep for a couple days, them apply 1/2 mucky water to plant's soil-apply other half 24 hrs later. stinks like you wouldnt believe but the nicotine will kill anything on the plants. keep out of reach of little ones and pets, also.

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So, question. Would Seventh Gen dish soap work of is the the phosphates that do it?
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So, question. Would Seventh Gen dish soap work of is the the phosphates that do it?
I used dr. bronners with some good results, 1TBS to 1qt water sprayed on the leaves, then rinsed off an hour or so later.
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Thank you, headed out to do it now!
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