Making your own mosquito repellent at home is a good way to keep those annoying bugs away without using strong store-bought chemicals. It's kinder to your skin and helps the planet because you don't use the metal cans and plastic bottles you often see in shops. You can make it smell just how you like and ensure it has the right amount of strength. It's a great use of the natural oils that people have known to stop bugs for a long time. When you make these repellents, you also learn about nature and remember how important it is to live in a good way for the earth.
DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent
Here, we provide you with a simple, DIY mosquito repellent recipe using easily accessible natural ingredients.
- Essential Oils: Such as Citronella, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Lavender (30-50 drops total). These oils are natural mosquito deterrents.
- Carrier Oil or Alcohol. You can use witch hazel, vodka, or cooking oils like coconut, jojoba, almond, olive, etc. (½ cup). They help dilute the essential oils.
- Water (½ cup)
- Vegetable Glycerin (Optional: 1 teaspoon. It helps to keep the repellent on your skin longer)
- Spray Bottle
- Mix the Carrier Oil or Alcohol with Essential Oils: Take about 30-50 drops of the essential oils (you can mix different oils) and add them to the carrier oil or alcohol. Essential oils are powerful and can cause skin irritation if used undiluted, so this step is essential!
- Add Water: Add ½ cup of distilled water to the mixture. If using alcohol instead of carrier oil, you can use boiled and cooled-down tap water.
- (Optional) Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin if you have it. This can help the scent stay on your skin for a longer time.
- Shake Well: Combine all these ingredients in a spray bottle (preferably a glass), and shake well to mix.
- Usage: Spray this natural mosquito repellent onto exposed skin and/or clothing, shaking the bottle first to ensure the solution is well-mixed. Avoid contact with eyes, mouth, and open wounds.
- Reapplication: Reapply the spray every 2 hours or as needed.
- Essential oils are very concentrated and must be diluted before skin application.
- Test for allergic reactions before applying it all over by spraying a small amount on the forearm and waiting for 24 hours to see if any reaction occurs.
- Avoid using this repellent on infants under 6 months old.
- Store in a cool, dark place when not in use.
Enjoy your time outdoors, mosquito-free!