Summer is a wonderful time of year. Well, according to ME it is.
There is a garden to weed, animals to care for, camping trips to plan, day trips to the lake. So much fun happens in the Summer that the only thing that can make it go sour is those pesky little bugs.
Mosquitoes, gnats, flies and chiggers to name a few. The commercial mosquito repellent is great for keeping them away, but at what price? Do we really need to add those chemicals to our skin and clothing?
Here’s how to make an all natural mosquito repellent that will keep those pesky varmits far from you.
What you need:
- 2 ounces distilled water
- 2 ounces vodka or rubbing alcohol
- 36 drops citronella essential oil
- 72 drops lemon eucalyptus
- 48 drops mandarin orange essential oil
- 24 drops lemongrass essential oil
Combine all of these ingredients in a 4 ounce glass spray bottle and shake well. You will need to shake prior to each use, as the mixture can and will separate. Spray before going outdoors to stay safe and bug bite free.
You will want to pay special attention to your ankles and neck area. These essential oils are perfectly safe for anyone, including children. Use the same caution you would with commercial products–keep them out of eyes, and don’t spray on their hands, especially if eating or their fingers are prone to going into their mouth. Also safe for pregnant women.
The orange essential oil will help combat the scent of the citronella and eucalyptus.Those are both very powerful scents that can give some a headache, but are very effective at being mosquito repellent blends.
Some other tips on how to keep mosquitoes from biting you:
- wear light colored clothing
- blow them off you quickly
- avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are out in force
At home, there are some ways to prevent mosquitoes, too:
- don’t allow standing water for long periods of time
- try building a bat house to provide natural predators
- plant marigolds, citronella or lemon balm
What do you do if you have already been bitten?
Well, that does, can and will happen, no matter what bug spray you use. Some are just “sweeter” than others to the bugs and will be more prone to insect bites. You can make this great anti-itch salve for a natural mosquito bites treatment that will help soothe the bug bites.
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Would you like some other ideas for natural mosquito repellent? Here’s a list of some of my favorites
- This one from Attainable Sustainable uses neem oil, but would not be safe for pregnant women.
- 104 Homestead has some great ideas for plants to put in your yard for mosquito proofing.
- Imperfectly Happy has some great bug off lotion bars that will soften your skin will keeping bugs away!
- Homestead Wishing has another great spray that uses clove oil in the recipe
- Studio Botanica likes to use Catnip essential oil for her bug off recipe
- The Rustic Elk uses calendula flowers in her bug off recipe!
- Check out this DIY bug repellent candle from Happy Mothering
- The Soft Landing has one that uses pine essential oil and apple cider vinegar!
What are some of your favorite natural ways to repel bugs? Be sure to pin this natural mosquito repellent to your favorite board for later!
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.