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!
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.
Here are 4 essential oils that repel bugs:
1. Lavender – This smells sweet to us but bugs absolutely hate it. It works on mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas.
2. Eucalyptus – According to the Journal of Medical Entomology, Eucalyptus can reduce tick bites and infections.
3. Lemon – Lemon essential oil can work against mosquitos and it adds a nice scent to balance the stronger citronella.
4. Rosemary – Repels 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 here, but this one would work too.
I also created some FREE labels you can download and print to add to your new bug spray bottles. Click here to download the labels and attach them to your jar(s) with spray adhesive, a glue sick or by printing them on adhesive paper.
- 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.
- Safe for adults and kids 10+.
- There are some essential oils that are NOT safe for pets. According to my research, the ones I have listed ARE safe for dogs but I prefer to be cautious and not apply these directly on our pet’s fur. I have read that spraying their collar is a good solution though.
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!
Lori is a freelance graphic designer living in the Boston area with her husband, their three kids and a yellow lab puppy. She started Greco Design Company in 2014 when she realized that her love for design was extending beyond the corporate advertising world and into all areas of her life. She shows us some unique but simple DIY projects, gives some great ideas for home design, provides her outlook on current fashion trends, and loves to do beauty and product reviews. She incorporates her graphic design background through her free printables, paintings, signs, art prints, invitations and stationery on her blog and in her Etsy shop. Lori believes in the importance of surrounding ourselves with good, purposeful design that can help streamline our lives and still be affordable. Her tutorials are easy to follow as she shows how you can make anything you set your mind to!