Gail of Green Living

Cleaners and Insecticides…from Herbs
October 15, 2011, 10:27 am
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This morning’s newspaper featured an article about using herbs to make housekeeping and insect control easier.  My July 12th post mentioned uses of vinegar, which can be used in so many green cleaning products and insecticides, too.  But today I learned why commercial cleaners so often include a lemon scent.  The citrus fragrance is great for insect control!  A great floor cleaner would be Murphy’s Oil Soap in a bucket of water, with citrus essential oils, such as lemongrass, citronella or eucalyptus added.  Adding lemon-scented oil to vinegar for cleaning windows is a great idea, too

Mealy moths in your pantry?  Put dried bay leaves in flour, dried beans, couscous or lentils.

To keep insects out of your greenhouse or garden, use an infusion of chili peppers and garlic Blend two to three peppers, a bulb of garlic and 2 cups of water.  Let it sit overnight, then strain it until only liquid remains.  Mix 2 tablespoons with 4 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing soap in a spray bottle.  Use this to spray an infected plant up to three times, but you probably won’t need to do it more than once.

Tell me about your favorite green cleaning products and insecticides.

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