Homemade mosquito repellent DIY: easy to make and all natural

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There are many different insect and mosquito repellents available in stores, which vary in ingredients, price, target insects, and even format. 

Many of the mosquito repellents that are available in stores contain chemicals. These products were designed to be safe for humans if used correctly. But they can still be harmful and dangerous to animals and the environment.

On top of that, many of the industrially manufactured insect repellents cost a fortune. They can be far too expensive for the value of the product inside, so many people opt to make their own homemade mosquito repellents. These can cost little or be virtually free, depending on the ingredients you have on hand, but all of them are made using completely natural ingredients.

Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

Essential oils are extremely efficient. The good news for you is making homemade bug sprays from essential oils is easy to do.

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So, you can use any of these plant essential oils: citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, cajeput, eucalyptus, cedar, catnip, geranium, lavender, or mint. Mixing them in a spray bottle with water will create effective, DEET-free insect repellents that will work efficiently on a large variety of pests, including mosquitoes and ticks.

But be careful with the essential oils as some people can be allergic to these natural remedies. Keep in mind that some of the plants have very strong smells. So, before using any plants or essential oils from plants, you might want to make sure that you aren’t allergic.

Vinegar Insect Repellent

Vinegar and its smell are extremely unpleasant to mosquitoes and many other aggravating insects. This makes it possible for you to make highly effectively homemade insect repellents with vinegar.

You’ll need:

  • a 32 oz. (946 ml) bottle of apple cider vinegar,
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) each of dried sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme, and mint
  • a glass jar or bottle

Mix the vinegar and herbs in the glass bottle. Let it sit for about 2 to 3 weeks. Remove the herbs and pour the liquid into a spray bottle.

The vinegar mixture will be strong and stinky when first applied, but after drying, the smell will disappear. Even though it has a very unpleasant smell, this DIY mosquito repellent is a popular choice due to its efficiency.

Garlic Mosquito Repellent

A few simple ingredients go into garlic mosquito repellent. You can find garlic, water, oil, and lemon juice in practically every household. They’re also all you need for this DIY recipe.


To create this homemade mosquito repellent, just mince a few garlic cloves and cover them with oil. Then allow the mixture to rest for at least 24 hours. After that, in a spray bottle, mix:

  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of the garlic-infused oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups (473 ml) of water

Before using this garlic mosquito repellent, you might want to strain the mixture through a cheesecloth. You can use it all summer, but remember to shake well before every use.

Other Homemade Bug Spray Options

  1. You can add pure vanilla extract to any of the recipes above. If you’re using a completely different recipe, try adding vanilla extract to it as well. In addition, you can simply mix the vanilla extract with a bit of water and apply it to your skin.
  2. Avoid having to apply repellents to your body by planting insect-repellent plants in your garden and around the patio area.
  3. One plant that is very successful at repelling mosquitoes is lavender. So if you want a simple and fast insect repellent, just take some lavender and rub it on your body. This works with almost all plants that keep insects away. Take them, rub them on your body, and they will keep the insects away.

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