Make your own all natural, nontoxic and cost effective bug spray using essential oils
Time for another installment of a DIY using essential oils! We're thick in summer season, which means we're really thick into bug season. Down in Texas, mosquitoes are unlike anywhere else and anything I've ever seen! They're not large like they are up north, nor do they make noise... They're silent and deadly! No literally, they carry West Nile virus (including the nerve-damaging variation of the virus) and Zika were here in Texas, and in Dallas to boot. Not to mention, they're thick this year because of a rainy spring! Yuck. At least up north you can hear them flying around and know they're coming... Down here they just bite the heck out of you. Nothing bothers me more! All of this is to say, if I'm posting the recipe for a DIY bug spray on the blog, it has to WORK.
Now, deet hasn't been clinically proven to cause any harm to anyone, even pregnant women. And if you happen to be pregnant, especially if you're in Texas or anywhere near a Zika virus case, please use deet bug spray all the time and protect yourself and your baby! You do what you gotta do to keep those icky bugs off you.
However, if you're like me, you might hate the way conventional bug sprays feel on your skin. They're sticky, right?! Gross. And the smell is horrible! Even the "non-scented" versions have a terrible smell to them. Alas, we arrive at this DIY bug spray. It smells great, isn't sticky on the skin and most importantly, it works! And if it works for me in mosquito-hell-Texas, then it will certainly work for y'all!
I made a larger container and then poured it into the smaller spray bottle. It was the only size I could find, but you can find better spray bottle options here.
DIY Bug Spray
- 8oz water
- 8oz witch hazel
- 10 drops citronella essential oil
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix it all together and put it in a spray bottle. If you live in the South,
Looking for more ways to use essential oils in your everyday life? Check out this AMAZING face wash that cleared my acne, this DIY nontoxic sunscreen (works great if you have an olive complexion!) and these diffuser blends to diffuse throughout your home.
Enjoy the pleasant scent and spending the time outside being non-sticky with this DIY bug spray!