This Easy Homemade Bug Spray is deet-free, non-toxic, and full of essential oils that smell wonderful and keep the bugs away!
Summer in the south means two things: ridiculous heat and ravenous bugs. My air conditioning unit has been working it’s rear off since the end of April, and even though it’s been in the upper 90’s/low 100’s for a week or two now, my kids still have to get their outside time in.
Since I shy away from chemicals that can be skin irritants and/or toxic, this bug spray has been a life-saver when my kids brave the heat outside. Since it’s made out of essential oils and other easily found ingredients, I feel safe spraying it all over them. And if they escape without a coating, my DIY Itch-Be-Gone Paste takes care of any bites or stings they return with.
Though there are quite a few different essential oils you can use to beef up the bug repellent factor of this spray, I just use what I keep on hand – and it works great! My whole family has used it in our mosquito-infested backyard, and while camping in the woods.
As you can see, I don’t stick to one brand of essential oils. Since I don’t have my family ingest them (whether you do or not is up to you – do your own research) I’m not particularly very picky. There are many out there you can choose from, and I recommend you use what you feel most comfortable with.
- Pour all ingredients into a 12 or 16 oz. bottle.
- Store in spray bottle and store in a dark place.
- Shake before using. One application lasts a few hours.
- Re-apply as needed, especially after swimming, playing in the sprinkler, or sweating heavily.
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