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Homemade Bug Spray That Actually Works!

Essential OilsBugs are a reality of suburban life and the cottage culture of our part of the country.  Unfortunately, most commercial bug repellant products contain an ingredient called DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Although the research is mixed on DEET, most experts agree that it’s not good for us and should be used carefully and sporadically, if at all.

All natural alternatives eliminate the risk of any side effects and can actually have some great benefits to the skin. This particular bug spray recipe helps kill bacteria and nourish the skin at the same time.

Have fun fiddling with the blend of oils and let us know the blend that works best for you!


Homemade Bug Spray Recipe

8 oz. spray bottle

¼ cup clean water (distilled or reverse osmosis)

½ cup witch hazel

50 drops of essential oils

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1.  Mix all ingredients in the spray bottle

2.  Spray anywhere you get bitten but AVOID eyes and mouth.


Which Essentail Oils?

A quick internet search will supply dozens of essential oils to use in bug repellant.  The most common essential oils you will find are:

  • lemon or lemon eucalyptus (use 10-15 drops of the first of these 3 oils)
  • lavender
  • eucalyptus
  • rosemary
  • citronella
  • thyme

Other essential oils:

  • peppermint
  • tea tree
  • catnip
  • neem
  • cinammon
  • sage
  • clove

The oils you choose will depend on the scent you prefer and the effectiveness of your blend.  Keep a record of each batch of bug spray you make so you can compare effectiveness and decide which is the best blend for your family.

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  1. Janet Dillon says
    May 23, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Thank you for the tip for the bug repellant. I look forward to experimenting. So much healthier, Another tip i have yet to try but apparently works is burning used coffee grounds. Mosquitos tend to stay away from this. Great idea to use when eating outside in the summer. Janet Dillon,

  2. Rita says
    May 04, 2018 at 7:07 PM

    I make my own as well. We put a few drops of dawn dish soap, and some tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil and fill with water. Don't shake it to mix but rather roll the bottle. Spray directly on the bugs or around, either way they die. And it's not chemicals..

    • says
      May 09, 2018 at 7:26 AM

      Great tip Rita, thanks!

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