Homemade Mosquito Spray
Mosquitos suck! I came to this conclusion while attempting to sit outside on my brand-new patio set with solar lighting umbrella. My solar umbrella shines a soft white L.E.D. light over the table and chairs at night. The table is a long beautiful metal structure with grey ceramic tile inserts on the top.
Figured it would be a nice place to enjoy morning coffee, laptop work and summer family dinners. Well, that was short lived! I was attacked by a herd of mosquitos, which left me itchy and with multiple red spots on my arms and legs the size of 50 cent pieces!
Great! Instead of returning my wonderful new outdoor patio set I decided to destroy the mosquitos with a blow torch! Just joking! Instead, I found this great homemade DIY Mosquito repellant spray online.
In addition to repelling mosquitos, this mixture is good for tick and fleas too. The ingredients include a combination of essential oils, witch hazel, vegetable glycerin mixed in a tinted glass spray bottle (which protects the oils from sunlight)
This mixture will not contain any Deet. MommyPotomas explains in her blog…
N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) is the usual go-to for commercial bug spray. It’s incredibly controversial and for good reason. Recently Dr. Abou Donia, a Duke University pharmacologist, found that “rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse than control rats when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination.” (source)
In the same study, Dr. Abou Donia found that DEET caused “neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory and concentration.” (source) The pharmacologist says that children are at a higher risk for brain changes after DEET exposure because their skin absorbs it more readily.
Always test out products before placing it on your skin and if you have any type of sensitivity you may be able to tolerate spraying just your clothing or gear. Organic and 100% pure essential oils are recommended. I will link to the products I used in this article. Any combination of these essential oils will work: Lemongrass, citronella, lemon eucalyptus, cedarwood, geranium, and lavender.
The Bug Spray ingredients :
I used a 16 oz amber glass bottle. 1st the bottle should be filled halfway with boiled water or distilled water. Then fill the remainder with witch hazel almost reaching the top (but remember to leave some room for the oils).
Optional, but you can use a few drops of vegetable glycerin to help the scent last longer. Now combine your essential oil blend of about 50 drops total of any combination of lemongrass, citronella, lemon eucalyptus, cedarwood, geranium, or lavender. The more drops you choose to use the stronger your bug spray will be.
I suggest starting with a higher dilution ratio and if you do not get the desired results then increase by a few drops. The goal is to repell the bugs not people too ?
Do you have a natural ingredient bug spray combo that works for you?
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