You May Also Like

Need a spot treatment for acne? DIY it.

In a pinch? Table salt is a *serious* option to cure your next breakout

Cassey Ho's 3-ingredient essential oil blend will make your yoga mat squeaky clean

Cassey Ho’s 3-ingredient essential oil blend will make your yoga mat squeaky clean

britney spears yoga

The simple yoga moves Britney Spears uses to combat travel exhaustion

How to buy vintage decor without creating a dated look for your home

How to style vintage decor without creating a dated look for your home

Karamo Brown on how to tell if someone likes you

Why Karamo Brown thinks *this* old-school crush advice deserves a failing grade

How to style dirty hair like Chrissy Teigan

Chrissy Teigen’s “HBOTD” obsession is the perfect hack for freshening up your dirty hair

Calling all plant ladies: Here’s a 2-step, nontoxic routine to rid your plants (and home!) of bugs


Thumbnail for Calling all plant ladies: Here’s a 2-step, nontoxic routine to rid your plants (and home!) of bugs
Pin It
Photo: Instagram/@omandthecity

Any proud owner of an indoor jungle knows there’s an itty bitty downside to having a home full of plants: the bugs that come along with the blooms. Whether it’s gnats or spider mites or other unmentionables, those pests aren’t doing you or your greens any favors. But, there’s a simple two-step, nontoxic way to expel them from your space, according to wellness blogger Jules Hunt of Om and the City.

Hunt, who recently relocated to Austin from New York City, has an impressive collection of plants, and now that she feels settled into her new place, she’s focusing on making her apartment green again.

“[Plants] help clean the air from pollutants, and they’re also very healing for your mental health. Having something to care for—and watching something grow—has a profound effect on your well-being. It truly cultivates a beautiful, bright, and positive space.” —Jules Hunt

To keep unwelcome bug life away from her new verdant babies and her pristine Zen den, Hunt doesn’t mess around. In fact, she goes into ick-prevention mode before the bugs even stand a chance. “You never know what might be lurking in the soil waiting to hatch a few weeks later, so you always want to be one step ahead. I had a crazy gnat fest back when I lived in NYC, and it wasn’t fun,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

So, before positioning her potted plants in a sunny spot, Hunt puts them in the bathtub to start a two-step treatment for preventative pest control. First, she lightly sprays them with her homemade bug repellent: 1 Tbsp of tea tree oil per 1 cup of water. Then she tops the soil with food-grade diatomaceous earth powder, which is safe for kids and pets. “It’s good for so many others things, too. I actually used to drink a DE mixture when I had a stomach parasite,” she says. After you’re finished, your plants will be all ready to get nestled in at their new home. And you can enjoy being surrounded by palms and spider plants galore, minus the unwanted roommates.

But if you’re overwhelmed at the responsibility of holding the life of a plant in your hands (or flower pot), you can introduce gorgeous fake blooms to your home for a similar mood-boosting, fuss-free aesthetic.

Shower plants will make your bathroom feel like a lush tropical garden. Or, find out which two plants Pinterest users are obsessed with right now.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

Starbucks drink

Starbucks is dropping protein-packed coffees, but are they actually healthy?

Cassey Ho's 3-ingredient essential oil blend will make your yoga mat squeaky clean

Cassey Ho’s 3-ingredient essential oil blend will make your yoga mat squeaky clean

britney spears yoga

The simple yoga moves Britney Spears uses to combat travel exhaustion

Pinto, a nutrition tracker app, helps with diets

This app scans food labels in seconds flat to ensure they’re compliant with your diet

running nose bleeds

Here’s why you get nosebleeds during summer runs (and how to deal mid-stride)

Need a spot treatment for acne? DIY it.

In a pinch? Table salt is a *serious* option to cure your next breakout