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DIY Bug Repellent From Homemade Ingredients

Dealing with the incessant buzzing and pesky bites of bugs can be more than just an annoyance—it can disrupt serene evenings and peaceful gatherings, turning them into itchy affairs. That's why taking the reins and creating your bug repellent using the above process is a form of everyday empowerment. DIY Bug Repellent offers a natural and satisfying solution to ward off those irritating insects. It provides a moment to engage in the age-old tradition of using nature's bounty for personal care.

DIY Bug Repellent

Bug repellent spray

Cutting up fresh lemon and lime, smelling the nice smell of rosemary, and mixing them with well-known citronella make the job of keeping bugs away a fun and smell-good job. Making your mix is good not just for stopping bugs; it also makes you feel good because you did it yourself for your outdoor setup, filling your area with a nice smell and making the unwanted flying bugs disappear.


Here is the list of materials you'll need:

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • Water
  • Citronella essence
  • 1 Small candle (to heat)


Follow these step-by-step instructions to create your very own bug-repellent.

Gather Your Materials

  • Make sure you have everything ready. You might also need some additional tools, such as a knife, saucepan, jar and stove.

Prepare the Citrus

  • Slice the lemon and lime into thin rounds.

Assemble the Ingredients

  • In a jar, arrange the citrus slices and rosemary sprigs. Add a few drops of citronella essence into the jar as well.

Boil Water

  • In a saucepan, bring water to a boil.

Pour Hot Water

  • Carefully pour the boiling water into the jar to cover the citrus slices and rosemary.

Let It Steep

  • Let the mixture steep in the jar until it cools to room temperature.

Use the Repellent

  • To use the bug repellent, pour some of the liquid into a spray bottle and spritz it around the area you want to keep bug-free.

Remember to replace your repellent every week or so for the most effective results. Happy crafting!

Safety Tip

Remember that citronella is flammable, so do not use near open flames, sparks, or heat sources. Also, you should avoid getting it in your eyes or ingesting it, as it can cause irritation or discomfort.

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