Natural Insect Repellent – 3 DIY Recipes
Summer is official here! And it’s time to ditch the toxic bug sprays and make your own natural insect repellents. These three natural insect repellents are super easy and inexpensive to make. If your home is chemical free already you might have these ingredients laying around! Actually bug spray is not a product I even thought about when I went chemical free a few years ago. It wasn’t until last year that I decided to make it when my family was invited to a friend’s cabin on a lake. I knew mosquitos would be there waiting for us, and there is no way I wanted them munching on my sweet baby’s skin. I researched many natural insect repellent recipes and came up with a few I really love.
- 2 oz Almond Oil (or Jojoba if you are sensitive to nuts)
- 2oz of Witch Hazel
- 15-30 drops of essential oils of choice (Clove, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Lemongrass)
Mix together and pour into a little 4oz amber spray bottle.
In my batch I used 10 drops of peppermint, 5 drops of clove, 5 tea tree, 5 rosemary and 5 cinnamon. I found this combination worked awesome at the lake, we got no bites, but I made sure I reapplied it to my kids every hour.
DIY Natural Tick Repellent
I don’t live in an area where ticks are very bad, but I have many friends that do. I have not tried this recipe personally but it works great for others in tick heavy areas.
- 1 part water (distilled is best)
- 1 part vinegar
- 20 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 15 drops of peppermint oil
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and spray when needed.
This simple repellent is super easy and works awesome too. This is perfect for outdoor settings, when you want to eat without shooing those darn flies away.
Directions: Stick the sponge in the Mason jar then sprinkle the lavender oil onto the sponge. 20 drops should do it. I also like to use peppermint too! Then secure a lid until you are ready to use. Set out on the ends or middle of the table and take off the lid.
Note: If you don’t like looking at a sponge or cotton balls you can always use a decorative jar or container too.
More Natural Bug Repellent Tips:
- Drink Apple Cider Vinegar: Love this stuff, it can do everything! Not sure why bugs don’t like this, but they sure seem to like me less. How much? Take a couple teaspoons a day with water.
- Wear light color clothing. Bugs are attracted to dark colors.
- Empty all standing water in/around your home. Mosquito’s breed and lay eggs in standing water.
- If you don’t have to, don’t go outside at dusk or dawn. This is when those bugs are most active.
- Limit your use of perfume, bugs are attracted to scents.
There are so many bug repellent recipes out there, here are some more you might like:
If you don’t have time to make your own check out these ready to use natural insect repellents from Lafe’s and All Terrain.
What are your favorite ways to keep those pesky bugs away naturally? Post your tips in the comments!