How To Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Mosquito Repellent
With all of this humidity we've had lately, the mosquitoes seem extra bothersome. But, before you start dousing yourself daily with store-bought bug spray, consider making a more natural, eco-friendly repellent at home.
Sure, the supermarket has tons of brands promising to keep you itch-free, but the harmful chemicals (DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, etc.) found in these are not the safest to absorb into your bloodstream. Take a look at how easy this recipe is below:
Keep in mind:
- 8'10 oz Spray bottle
- Witch hazel
- Essential oils of choice
Citronella, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree are great for older kids and pets in terms of fending off mosquitoes and blackflies, but lemon and eucalyptus can irritate the skin of very young children, so consider using peppermint, clove, lavender, or lemongrass essential oil instead for small children.
1. Create a 50/50 mix of witch hazel and water.
2. Add 15 drops of your essential oils of choice.
3. Mix and start spraying!
Easy-peasy! If you would rather have a lotion instead of a spray simply sub out the water and witch hazel for 1/3 cup of coconut oil.
Be conscientious when applying your home-made eco-friendly remedies, as they tend not to last as long as their store-bought counterparts.
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