Garlic Oil Spray

A species in the onion genus, this remarkable plant has been used by humans for at least 7000 years. It is a staple food of the Mediterranean region and is used to season food in the rest of the world.

Luckily garlic also contains large amounts of sulfur which give it its potent smell and taste. This is lucky because insects happen to hate sulfur and though it doesn't kill all insects it does chase most of them away.

As an added bonus it also works as a fungicide and an antibacterial agent. It can be made inexpensively and easily at home using common ingredients.

To make Garlic Oil Spray you will need:

  • 10 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tsp. gentle dish soap
  • 2 tsp. mineral oil
  • Kitchen strainer
  • Spray bottle

Where to start:

  1. Start by mincing the garlic very fine and soaking in the mineral oil overnight.
  2. In the morning strain the oil with the kitchen strainer
  3. Add the oil and garlic together with the water and dish soap to your spray bottle
  4. Shake well and apply where needed

Using Garlic Oil Spray:

Spray where the infestation is occurring and repeat as needed. Remember to shake regularly to keep the oil suspended in the water for maximum effect.

Use for:

Any insect affected by alkaloids especially aphids, spider mites and whiteflies.

Special Notes:

  • This spray smells very strongly like garlic (obviously) so take care when spraying indoors. Unless you like garlic or happen to be afraid of vampires.