We are right in the thick of summer, y’all! Long hot days, followed by late nights on the patio with friends and cold drinks. Unfortunately, along with late nights on the patio comes waking up covered in itchy mosquito bites. Ew.
I’ve always been one to spray bug spray all over, but I haven’t touched the stuff since finding out about the toxic ingredients in them. And with young kids (who can’t use bug spray anyways, it can cause seizures), I decided to go ahead and make my own natural bug spray.
Now, with the kids, we aren’t usually out that late. Once it starts getting dark, it’s bedtime y’all. But unfortunately, the bugs don’t wait until dark to come out.
Those creepy-crawlies start coming out right about the time that we’ve got dinner going, and the kids want to play outside for a bit longer. Dinnertime for us is apparently also dinnertime for mosquitos. Nasty little suckers.
So this recipe is (obviously) super simple. Let’s be honest, I don’t do anything but simple. Who has the time? Or the focus? Not me!
Natural Bug Spray
- 4 ounce glass bottle essential oils can only be used in glass!
- 2 ounces water
- 2 ounces witch hazel
- 10 drops citronella oil
- 10 drops geranium oil
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops lemongrass oil
- Pour it all into the glass bottle, and shake it up! Also, shake before spraying to make sure it's all mixed up good.
- If you'd rather not use a spray, then just mix the oils with some liquid coconut oil or jojoba oil, and rub it on exposed skin.
See? Couldn’t get much easier. I love this stuff, it even works on the little tiny flying bugs that don’t bite but just drive you nuts. Spray it on, and they’re gone! Now if only it worked when the kids were bugging you 😉
Have you ever tried homemade natural bug spray? What other kinds of homemade products do you make?
This post was originally published in July 2016. It was updated July 2018.