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Homemade Insect Repellant

Homemade Insect Repellant

After a very wet spring here in the Northeast it is not surprising that there are a lot of biting insects around every time I step outside.  Even a short walk out to the garden to pick a few fresh tomatoes or cucumbers leaves me with a dozen new insect bites.  Because I’m wary of the effect that some of the chemicals commonly found in commercial bug sprays can have on the environment I decided to start looking for a homemade option.  It turns it out it is much easier than I thought to make your own homemade insect repellant.

All you need for this easy repellant is witch hazel, eucalyptus oil, water, and a spray bottle.  I also added tea tree oil and rosemary oil.  Many essential oils repel insects (though unfortunately no one scent will repel all biting insects) so feel free to add other essential oils to the mix.  Spearmint, peppermint, clove, and lavender are all good choices but there are many more.

Witch hazel, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and rosemary oil are all going into this homemade insect repellent.

The first step is to take a clean spray bottle and fill it approximately half way with water.  Add witch hazel until the bottle is almost full.  Next add about 15-20 drops of each essential oil.  I didn’t have an eyedropper handy so instead I used a regular drinking straw.  Insert the straw into the bottle of oil then seal the free end with your finger.  When you remove the straw from the bottle air pressure will hold the oil in the straw.  Hold the straw over the spray bottle and carefully lift your finger.  The oil in the straw will drip into the spray bottle.

Using the straw drip the oil into the spray bottle.

Shake well and you’re done!  Spray your homemade insect repellant on all exposed areas of your body before you go outside and you will have far fewer annoying bug bites.

Shake well to mix the ingredients.

Melinda (29 Posts)

I am a musician and lifelong crafter. When I'm not playing flute or piccolo I am often reading, crocheting, knitting, or making my own jewelry. I am always looking for new techniques to learn and interesting patterns to try.


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