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What type of soap mixture is used as an insecticide?

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A mixture of bar soap or mild liquid soap and water is a common alternative to chemical-based insecticides. Commercial insecticidal soap products perform better than home-made insecticides because manufacturers use appropriate levels of fatty acid-based salts.

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Bar soap and mild liquid soap do not harm plants or humans and are environmentally friendly. Mixing the two types of soap and water yields an insecticide that is particularly effective on soft-bodied insects. Detergents are not useful in this context because they contain synthetic additives that pose major risks to plants.

Although it is easier to make insecticidal pesticides at home using soap and water, commercially produced soaps are ideal because they are safer and produce more predictable results.

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