4 extras makes use of of black cleaning soap within the backyard to know


Just like baking soda, white vinegar or soda crystals, black soap is well known to fans of ecological household products. In particular, it can easily replace Marseille soap to make a very effective homemade laundry. It must be said that this soap rich in vegetable oil (usually olive oil) is very versatile and allows you to clean, scrub and stain all surfaces in the house. However, it can also prove to be very useful for the care and maintenance of outdoor spaces. So, to change from the simple maintenance of the house or the hammam, discover the best uses of black soap in the garden, orchard or vegetable patch.

Whether it is to have a perfect garden or to drive away unwanted insects that are sometimes very pestful, you quickly realize that this multi-use product is a gardener’s essential.

1) Use black soap as an insecticide for the garden

If you’re used to gardening using eco-friendly and biodegradable tips, you couldn’t miss it! Black soap has indeed very powerful insecticidal properties. It allows you to get rid very radically of the larvae of harmful insects, but also to remove the honeydew deposited on the plants. Generally, it is mentioned in the fight against aphids. However, it can also help fight mealybugs, green bugs, leafhoppers, psyllids, whiteflies, thrips or even red spiders on your plants. It can also be used to control ants, because it is a very good anticide.

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To do this, take five tablespoons of liquid black soap that you will dilute in a liter of hot water. (This ensures better dilution.) Here you can completely decide to use collected rainwater that you will heat. Thus, you will only have to transfer it to a spray bottle to be able to spray it on the infested plants once the mixture has cooled. Insist on the top and the underside leaves. Ideally, it is used in the morning or at the end of the day rather than in the afternoon sun to avoid burning vegetables and other shrubs. Also avoid rainy days.

Reminder: 2 tablespoons of liquid black soap are the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of soft soap.

2) For the care of diseased plants

Black soap also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Thanks to this, it can serve other uses than the fight against a given insect. By using these virtues, you will be able to cure the diseases of your plants without using any chemical treatment. It is particularly excellent used as a wetting agent to eliminate fungal diseases. The wetting agent allows easier dispersion and penetration of liquid water-based treatments. It helps the treatment to adhere well to the plant and makes it less sensitive to leaching.

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It can for example be used in Bordeaux mixture in a 2% dilution. Otherwise, you can fight against mildew with a mixture of 2.5 g of baking soda and a teaspoon of liquid black soap diluted in one liter of water. Its richness in vegetable oils allows it to leave a protective oily film on plants. Black soap also plays a preventive role. It helps protect plants in use once or twice a month.

3) Black soap, a cleanser … for garden plants

When fruit trees and other roses are affected by sooty mold (a kind of black mold common on aphid plants), black soap diluted in lukewarm water can be used to clean the foliage and other parts covered with sooty deposits. With a good cleaning, we can avoid the fall of leaves inherent in this infestation.

4) Cleaner for tools and exterior surfaces

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With black soap, you can safely clean the paving of the terrace, the garden furniture, the slates and the often very dirty stone surfaces. In addition, it is a great choice for cleaning and maintaining garden tools. Since they’re often covered in a stain of tough dirt, sap, or grass, black soap is never too much. Tools can also spread disease from plant to plant if left unchecked.

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