A mixture of crushed red pepper, apple cider vinegar and water is an effective homemade spray to keep birds off plants, as is a mixture of cloves and water. Even simpler, cayenne pepper mixed with water is also effective in keeping birds at bay.
Homemade roach spray can be made with liquid soap, water, and cypress or peppermint essential oil. Borax and baking soda may also be added to kill roaches in the nest.
Some good homemade pest control sprays include vinegar of the four thieves insect repellent and a citrus oil and cayenne pepper mix against ants. A soap, orange citrus oil and water spray is another good pest control spray that is easy to make at home.
Homemade flea sprays often include ingredients such as vinegar or lemon, which fleas find unappealing. These ingredients are usually mixed with water to dilute them slightly so the scent is not overpowering.
To make a simple homemade termite spray, mix soap flakes and water. A solution made from Borax and water may also be sprayed over a colony to kill subterranean termites, or sprayed or painted onto wood to prevent termite infestations.
Recipes for homemade aphid spray include dish soap diluted in water and insecticidal soap. Additional recipes include neem oil or a combination of herbal essential oils, including peppermint, thyme, clove and rosemary.
The recommended formula for de-skunking a dog is mixing a quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, a teaspoon of liquid soap and a 1/4 cup of baking soda, according to the Humane Society of the United States and Dogtime. Use gloves, and keep the mixture out of the dog's eyes.
The ingredients in Lysol Disinfectant Spray are alkyl dimethyl benzyl, ammonium saccharinate, ethanol/SD alcohol 40 and carbon dioxide. This particular Lysol spray is manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser, Inc.
According to the American Society of Microbiology, antiseptics work by changing the pH of the environment of bacteria, making the environment inhabitable. Since microorganisms adapt to their environments, antiseptics have to work quickly to kill off the bacteria before it has a chance to adapt.
One natural dog deterrent spray can be made from vinegar and water, according to The Nest. Clear vinegar such as white vinegar mixed with five parts water will create a sour odor to which dogs' noses are sensitive.