Will a little Softsoap liquid in plant water kill the plants?

Will a little Softsoap liquid in plant water kill the plants?

Postby askook » February 24th, 2014, 5:33 am

OK, don't ask how, exactly, but a little Softsoap got in the water which was used to water a couple plants in pots. Two a hardly leafy plant, one an orchid in wood chips.

When we poured the water in we noticed a little foaming, then realized what happened. I rinsed the orchid for a while in clean tap water, then poured about a gallon of water into each of the leafy plants.

I'm wondering, how toxic IS this Softsoap? (For the record, it's the reddish liquid, semi-clear, not the stuff which looks like liquid pearls) That is to say, should I expect these plants to die? Or are they likely to recover?


(Probably no more than a few drops got into each pot, diluted in a cup or so of water, is what I estimate)
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Will a little Softsoap liquid in plant water kill the plants?

Postby durand » February 24th, 2014, 5:40 am

Dish soap or soap in general is a natural insecticide and fungicide.
So unless you are over watering, MORE THAN once a week inside, or less than daily in pots out side.
The soap will do good not harm.



Ever hear of insecticidal soaps? YUP same idea
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Will a little Softsoap liquid in plant water kill the plants?

Postby bryn » February 24th, 2014, 5:55 am

i would say they would be more likely to get diseased from being too wet than from the soap ..
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