If you’re not into creepy chemical bug spray that’s been proven to contain some pretty nasty ingredients, then you may want to try making your own.
Homemade bug repellent is not 100 percent guaranteed to keep every single insect away from you on humid nights, but it will keep you relatively mosquito free, smelling nice, and completely safe from DEET or any other dangerous compound your skin does not need.
Plus, when you show all your friends how DIY you are, they’ll be instantly jealous.
Homemade Bug Spray Ingredients
- Distilled or boiled water
- Witch hazel or organic vodka
- Essential oils (Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, or Peppermint are all good choices)
- Small spray bottle
Pour the distilled or boiled water into the spray bottle until it’s about halfway full. Then add your witch hazel or organic vodka. Next, add about 15 to 30 drops of your choice of essential oils, mixing a few scents if you want. The more drops you use, the stronger the smell will be. Shake well, and then apply directly to skin.
If you live somewhere super woodsy, or if you’re planning on a long hiking trip, you might want to make this extra potent bug spray from Wellness Mama. She warns that it has an intense smell, but it really does keep flies, mosquito and ticks away. So maybe you won’t be the most popular camper, but at least you’ll be bug free!
Vinegar of the Four Thieves Bug Spray Ingredients
- 1 bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 TBSP each of dried Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Mint
- Quart size glass jar
Pour the vinegar into the jar along with the herbs. Seal it tightly. Keep on your counter and give it a good shake every day for two to three weeks. Dilute it with water in dropper or spray bottles, and go forth into the trees!
Contrary to the advertisements on TV, you don’t need to slather your skin with harmful chemicals to protect yourself against the buzzing summer hoards. Plus, if you can find fancy tincture or spray bottles, you can even give your homemade insect repellent to other people as cute gifts — now you’re creative and generous!
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