Homemade Mosquito Spray
We live by water. We have mosquitos. Lots of mosquitos. I’m actually convinced they’re mutant mosquitos because they leave welts, not just bites…welts!
On more than one occasion, I’ve frantically run one of the boys over to my dad (the family physician) to see if the bites on their arms or legs are brown recluse bites (my other enemy who currently enjoys residing in our house) or mosquito bites because they are THAT big. They’ve always been mosquito bites (thankfully), but I know how irritating they must be for the boys (and for us).
Last week I asked Facebook friends to share their favorite mosquito repellents and/or mosquito bit remedies. Lindsey shared about her homemade mosquito repellent that she puts on pulse points and I was intrigued! Then just a few days ago I saw this idea for favorite mosquito repellents and/or mosquito bit remedies on Pinterest and knew I had to try it out.
Ingredients For Homemade Mosquito Repellent
Here’s what you’ll need:
- essential oils (favorite mosquito repellents and/or mosquito bit remedies and lemongrass are musts, I also like lavender or you could use tea tree oil or geranium oil for tick protection)
- 14 oz. bottle of witch hazel (available in grocery stores & pharmacies usually close to the rubbing alcohol)
- a spray bottle (or two–one for home and one for the diaper bag/car)
- a jar for mixing
- a funnel
*Please note: This mosquito spray has not been tested nor confirmed to be effective at preventing mosquito-borne illnesses (such as West Nile Virus). If you are concerned about you or your family contracting such an illness, please use a different product containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or IR3535. Higher concentrations of active ingredient provide longer duration of protection. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions for use and safety. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus specify that they are not to be used on children under the age of three years.
UPDATE 6/23/2016: Due to the severity of and widespread nature of the Zika Virus, do not use this mosquito spray if there are mosquitoes carrying the virus near where you live. Although it has worked well for our family at preventing most mosquito bites, experts agree that the best mosquito repellent to use to prevent a Zika-carrying mosquito bite is one that contains DEET. Since our homemade version hasn’t been laboratory tested, I would strongly urge you to purchase a spray. Here are the recommended sprays, according to this article from NPR: OFF Deep Woods (25% DEET), Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus (No DEET but performed very well in tests), Repel 100 (98% DEET), Cutter Skinsations (7% DEET).
How To Make Homemade Bug Spray
|We used these essential oils: citronella, lemongrass and lavender. You could also use peppermint or cedar wood essential oils as well.|
|I cleaned out an empty detangler spray bottle for our “on the go” spray.|
|STEP 1. Pour the witch hazel into the glass jar then add your essential oils. We put about 15 drops of both citronella and lemongrass, and about 10-12 drops of lavender.|
|STEP 2. Put the lid on the jar and shake vigorously until it is mixed.|
|It should be pretty cloudy.|
|STEP 3. Pour the mixture into your spray bottles using a funnel.|
|STEP 4. Make a label (or write in Sharpie). I used an old Scrapbook sticker to make it look “cuter”. :)|