DIY-style mosquito repellent recipe


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Summer comes with consequences, and one of those is that pesky nuisance that sees you as a refreshing blood smoothie: the mosquito.

Whether they launch a ninja assault on you as soon as you head outdoors or a few crash a backyard barbecue and consider you their main course, mosquitoes will get you, and the resulting bites can be angry, red and itchy. If you have sensitive skill or suffer from allergies, those bites can turn into unsightly red welts.


Time for some bug repellent

Sure, you can get the store-bought stuff — prices start at almost $6, and if you stick to cheaper brand names, you won't break the bank. If you go through it like half-priced chocolate eggs and bunnies, and don't want to keep running to the store to restock, you can learn to make your own and always have some on hand.



To make your own DIY mosquito repellent, look no further than the blog Positively Splendid.

  • Pour 2 cups of witch hazel into a spray bottle;
  • Add 15 drops of citronella essential oil;
  • Add 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil;
  • Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil;
  • Add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil; and
  • Shake well.


Note: Be careful handling pure, undiluted essential oils. While essential oils are made from natural ingredients rather than harsh and potentially harmful chemicals, they can still cause irritation when applied directly in their pure, undiluted form to the skin.


How to use

Spray your homemade repellent on your arms, legs and any exposed skin. Never spray directly onto your face. Instead, spray some on your hands and rub it on your face, carefully avoiding your eyes and mouth. Reapply every hour, since it is not water- or sweat-proof. Your homemade spray won't protect against ticks — for that you need the heavy-duty stuff with the chemicals.