Make this effective bug repellent spray in 2 minutes using essential oils.
- ¼ cup cheap vodka or witch hazel
- 30 drops Tea Tree Oil essential oil
- 20 drops Pine Needle essential oil
- 20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- 30 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 40 drops Citronella essential oil
- 20 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 40 drops Sweet Orange essential oil or lemon essential oil
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon sunflower lecithin or turkey red oil
- Pour vodka or witch hazel into a 500 ml (2 cup/16 ounces) spray bottle.
- Add the essential oils.
- Add the lecithin.
- Cap and shake the bottle.
- The lecithin or glycerin helps the oils mix with the water.
- Fill the remainder of the bottle with cold water. Cap tightly.
- Shake well to combine.
- Shake before each use.
- Spray over skin, clothing, shoes, socks, or hair. This recipe is safe for humans, dogs, cows, and sheep. Avoid using this with cats or pet rabbits.
- If you want to use this mosquito spray for children under 5, use half the amount of essential oils in the blend and only use 100 total drops. So instead of 30 drops of tea tree essential oil, you’d only use 15 drops.
- Omit any oils that you or a family member has an allergy or sensitivity to.
Apply the spray liberally to bare skin and clothing. Reapply hourly. Mosquito repellent sprays based on essential oils lose their effectiveness as the essential oils evaporate, usually after 2 or 3 hours. By applying the spray regularly you maintain it’s effectiveness.