There are many different insect and mosquito repellents available in stores, they vary starting from ingredients to price, target insects and even substance. But, many of the mosquito repellents which are available in stores contain toxins. Although they aren’t very harmful and are designed in a way which is safe for humans if used correctly, they still can be harmful and dangerous to animals and to the environment. Moreover, many of the industrially manufactured insect repellents cost a fortune and can be far too expensive for the value of the product they actually are. So, many people opt for creating their own, homemade mosquito repellents, which cost little or are completely free and can be made out of completely natural ingredients.
Essential oil mosquito repellent
Essential oils from different plants are extremely efficient and homemade bug sprays form essential oils are easy to make.
You can use any of these plant essential oils – Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Geranium, Lavender, and Mint. Mixing them with water will create an effective and 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 are allergic even to natural remedies, and some of the plants have very strong smells. So before using any plants and essential oils from plants, you might want to check if you aren’t allergic.
Vinegar insect repellent
Vinegar and the smell of the vinegar are extremely unpleasant to mosquitoes and many other aggravating insects, therefore homemade insect repellents which are made using vinegar will be very efficient. You will need a bottle of apple cider vinegar, two table spoons of dried sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme and mint and a glass jar or bottle where you can store the mixture, because before you can use the vinegar insect repellent you have to leave it be for about 2 to 3 weeks.
The vinegar mixture will have a strong and stinky smell when first applied, but after it dries off the smell disappears. And, even though it has a very unpleasant smell, this DIY mosquito repellent is a popular choice due to its efficiency. And also, the vinegar and plant mixture has antiviral and antibacterial properties as it is used also to fight illnesses.
Garlic mosquito repellent
Garlic mosquito repellent is made out of few simple ingredients which can all be found in practically every household – garlic, water and lemon juice.
To create this homemade mosquito repellent just mix together a few garlic cloves, add water and allow the mixture to rest at least for twenty-four hours. After that, add oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Before using the garlic mosquito repellent you might want to strain the mixture through cheesecloth to get rid of any floaties and other excess surpluses. You can put the repellent in a bigger spray bottle and use it over the summer, but remember to shake it well before every use.
Other homemade bug spray options
- You can use vanilla extract and add it to any of the recipes above or to any other recipe if you are using a completely different one. Or you can simply rub the vanilla extract in your skin.
- You can avoid having to rub these plant oils or spraying them on your body by planting insect repellent plants in your garden and around the patio area.
- And lastly, a successful plant for repelling mosquitoes is lavender, so if you want a simple and fast insect repellent, just take lavender and rub it on your body. This works with almost all plants which keep insects away. You can take them, rub them on your body and they will keep the insects away.