I am making mad shifts to cut chemicals out of my life. HA, impossible! Rather, I’m cutting them down when possible, especially if it’s also convenient, affordable and fun.
Turns out it’s really easy to make your own bug spray. It’s natural, effective, and cheap.
When we were camping in Lassen a couple weeks ago, and I started plotting my camping supplies box, I took a nice big inhale of aerosol-bug-spray air and mid-choking thought there has to be an essential oil solution to insect repellent, right?
Yes. Totally right.
I scoured the internet to find ideas on how to make it and came to discover that it’s almost exclusively a very simple little recipe with just a couple differences: 1. often vegetable glycerin is added (but it’s always optional and as it’s usually made with palm oil I decided to opt out of that) 2. the essential oils can vary, and there are many that I wouldn’t expect that can be effective at repelling bugs! (But according to both of my 2 large essential oil books, lemongrass and citronella are where it’s at.)
So instead of testing out a few different recipes, I just made this. It’s basic, easy, and smells great. IF you don’t mind the smell of citronella. Which I don’t. 😉
Here’s the super simple “recipe”:
1/2 C filtered or distilled water
1/2 C witch hazel
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil*
10 drops citronella essential oil
20 drops lemongrass essential oil
*The eucalyptus oil is just to tweak the smell a little bit, so it’s not so overwhelmingly citronella. You can leave it out or try another scent. Citrus would be great too. I wanted to go with something complementary to the citronella and lemongrass (which are quite similar) because there’s NO covering them up – just adding to in a way that diverts your nose a bit 😉
Pour everything in a spray bottle. It’s best to use a dark glass bottle to preserve the essential oils (and prevent them from eating through plastic.) I picked up a pair of these from Amazon and used the other one for an awesome moisturizer I’m posting soon.
ENJOY AND HAPPY DIY-ING!