GO NATURAL: DIY Insect Repellant
NOTE: This recipe is adapted from one featured on MightyNest. I love this website, with all the natural products and informative articles, but didn’t want to pay for their insect blend when I could make my own. I looked up a bunch of others online, too, and incorporated pieces of some of those into this formulation.
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Back to today’s post…
Recipe for DIY Insect Repellant
In a small spray bottle (glass is best but BPA-free plastic is okay too), combine:
2 oz of water – tap is fine
2 oz of rubbing alcohol or vodka (vodka is preferred since it absorbs better)
10 drops EACH of Citronella (this link goes to a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, and Grapefruit), Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lavender, Tea Tree, Vanilla, Grapefruit, and Patchouli oils.
This oil can be diffused indoors – just scale the recipe down to fit into your diffuser. To use outdoors, make into the spray indicated above and use just as you would any other insect repellant. It can also be placed in an oil burner around a picnic area or patio. If using directly on the skin, it’s advised to dilute with a carrier oil like almond or grapeseed. About 2 oz should be sufficient if using the recipe above.
I hope this recipe works as well for you as it does for me! If you use a different combination or have any comments about natural insect repelling, tell me below in the comments section!
Terri, Reclaiming Hope said:
Thanks for sharing this Cassandra. I’ve been looking for a “recipe” for insect repellant. I hate those pesky mosquitos, and they eat my husband alive.