This easy homemade bug spray recipe is simple to make and isn’t full of all kinds of crazy chemicals. It’s a safe alternative to store bought insect sprays and works like a charm!
Store bought bug repellents can be so harsh and are full of unknown chemicals and ingredients. We had used it for years and years, but the overwhelming chemical smell and greasy feel of it always bothered me. I am so excited to share the homemade bug spray recipe that we use all summer long to keep mosquitoes and other biting insects away while we spend time outdoors. It’s super easy to make and really does the job. I love that it isn’t full of harsh chemicals, and there is no huge cloud of bug spray left behind. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy and it has a lovely scent too!
What You Will Need:
⅓ Cup of Witch Hazel ( Purchase HERE )
5 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil ( Purchase HERE )
5 Drops of Citronella Essential Oil ( Purchase HERE )
5 Drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil ( Purchase HERE )
4 oz. Small Glass Spray Bottle ( Purchase HERE )
Add ⅓ cup of witch hazel to the spray bottle. I like using these 4 oz. spray bottles because they fit in my purse, pool bag and I can make several of them at a time. You can absolutely double or triple the recipe and make this bug spray in bigger bottles.
Add 5 drops each of lavender, citronella and lemongrass essential oils.
Replace the cap and shake well before each use. Because there are no chemical binders in this spray, ingredients may separate after sitting for a while.
Spray liberally onto skin and clothes to keep insects away! I love that there is no crazy chemical smell, and it doesn’t leave your skin greasy at all!
I’ve also shared a few other ideas for keeping bugs away…
I hope these recipes and ideas will help you keep the bugs away this summer! I love that there are ways to cut out some of the chemicals that are in store bought solutions and find a less expensive and safer way to still enjoy the outdoors and our homes too!