This DIY bug spray is an effective and natural remedy using essential oils that’s easy and inexpensive to make.
The weather is finally getting warmer which makes me so happy! Unfortunately with the warmer weather comes the bugs. And that means it’s time to make up some DIY bug spray.
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This is Lori from Greco Design Company and I’m here today to share a really effective and natural DIY bug spray recipe that’s also easy and inexpensive to make. I get a little concerned about using the bug sprays with DEET so I decided to make my own and I know exactly what’s in it.
I can choose natural and safe ingredients and customize them for my family. No more chemicals and pesticides! Natural is great, but it also needs to work and this does!
How to make natural DIY bug spray with essential oils
Essential oils are a great natural alternative to insect repellents and adding them to a simple recipe helps reduce your chemical exposure.
There are lots of effective essential oil options out there, but I found this DIY bug spray mixture works for me and seems to repel my biggest annoyances: mosquitos and ticks – but it also works on fleas and flies. You can get an essential oil starter kit here.
4 essential oils that repel bugs
Lavender smells sweet to us but bugs absolutely hate it. It works on mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas.
Lemon essential oil can work against mosquitos and it adds a nice scent to balance the stronger citronella.
Rosemary essential oil is known to repel fleas and ticks.
Basic DIY Bug Spray Recipe
- 2 oz. of Witch hazel
- 2 oz. of Distilled water (doesn’t have to be exact, just fill almost to top – leaving room for the oils)
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Pour all ingredients into a 4 oz. spray bottle, shake, and use as necessary. This bottle size is perfect to travel with. You can use a plastic spray bottle to avoid the risk of a glass bottle breaking.
Check the bottom of the plastic bottle to see if it’s #1 PETE or #2 HDPE, either of those types of plastic will work and are chemical-free. I also keep a larger (16 oz.) glass spray bottle filled with bug spray for a quick spray before I head outside. I got the glass spray bottle through Grove, but this one would work too.
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Tips for Using DIY bug spray
- Oils and water don’t mix, so be sure to shake the DIY bug spray before you use it.
- Avoid spraying directly on your face
- Avoid touching eyes and mouth if you have DIY bug spray on your fingers.
- This is safe for adults and kids ages 10 and up
- There are some essential oils that are not safe for pets. According to my research, the ones I listed are safe for dogs, but be cautious. Do not apply it directly to your pets.
I hope you enjoyed this post and find this natural remedy useful against those pesky bugs! Check out these posts for some other essential oil remedies that you’re sure to love!
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Updated September 2019.