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Application Rate: Dilute 1 to 4 ounces per gallon of water. Mix well. Foliar spray on plants or add to your foliar fertilizer program. *Must be foliar sprayed

Ingredients: Filtered water, canola oil, potassium hydroxide

How to Make JWA At Home:

Items Needed:

  • Heat-Resistant Container with Air-Tight Lid
  • Kitchen Scale
  • Immersion Blender or Drill With Mixing Attachment
  • Bowls for Weighing Out Inputs
  • Potassium Hydroxide (KOH)
  • Canola Oil
  • Filtered Water


This recipe will make approximately 3.5 gallons of Wetting Agent.

  1. Measure out 400 grams of potassium hydroxide in a bowl and measure out 312.5 grams of filtered water.
  2. Pour the water into a heat-resistant-container. Then, measure out the potassium hydroxide and pour it into the water and immediately cover with a lid, as this is a caustic chemical reaction taking place. Swirl the container around to fully dissolve the potassium hydroxide.
  3. Measure out 76 fl. oz. of canola oil in a bowl. Pour the canola oil into the heat-resistant container with the potassium hydroxide solution.
  4. Using the blending tool, mix the solution until a thin mayonnaise consistency is formed.
  5. Place the lid on the container and allow it to sit for 3 days or until it becomes hard like butter. If it does not harden up, re-mix the solution with the blending tool.
  6. Add 84.5 fl. oz. of filtered water to the container and mix gently with the blending tool. Make sure all clumps are off the bottom and side of the container.
  7. Add an additional 253.6 fl. oz. of filtered water to the container. Stir manually.
  8. Place lid on the container and allow it to melt slowly for 24 hours and it will be complete. Store in a tightly sealed container. It has no expiration date.

Additional information

Weight 8 lbs

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When should I use this product?

Jadam should be applied as a foliar spray by itself, with nutrients, or with IPM additions. Preferably spraying in the early morning or late evening to avoid direct sunlight during application.

How much should I use and how often?

Use between 1-4oz per gallon of water. If you’re simply using this to aid in a nutrient spray, you can use 1-2oz per gallon. If you’re using this as part of an IPM program or are currently battling bugs, you should use 3-4oz per gallon. The product can be used as often as needed. Some discretion should be used when using multiple days in a row.

Can I use this product in my soil?

We advise against using this as a soil drench.

Is this product organic?

Yes, and no. Due to the way potassium hydroxide (lye) is made, there is no way for any soap product to be truly organic. However, lye is an approved non-organic substance by the USDA, and all other ingredients used to make this product are certified organic, which makes this product as organic as a soap-based product can get!