I’m a magnet when it comes to bugs in the summer. Mosquitoes, gnats, you name it—they love me. While I have no idea why, I like to think it’s because my pheromones smell just so inviting.
Summer is the season of being outdoors, and I prefer to enjoy it without swarming pesky insects. Why not try a little DIY project for a natural insect repellant rather than covering yourself with the chemicals from store-bought bug sprays? Most insect repellents contain DEET, which is quite toxic, and who wants to smell that all day?
I’ve wanted to try this DIY project for a while now and I can’t wait to test it out this summer to keep the bugs at bay. The simple ingredient list will last for months! Plus, I love the way it smells. Here’s how to make it . . .
DIY Natural Bug Spray (Insect Repellant)
- Essential oils (choose your own combination of citronella, lemon, geranium, tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, or mint)
- Natural witch hazel
- Distilled water
- Spray bottles (travel or desired size)
- Fill spray bottle half full with distilled water.
- Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top.
- Add 30-60 drops of essential oils to desired scent. I used 20 drops of citronella, 20 drops tea tree, and 10 drops of lemon essential oil (and I can’t stop smelling it).
- Shake thoroughly and apply by spraying into your hands and rubbing onto the body.
Herbs and dried leaves are supposed to be very effective at repelling insects, so feel free to try your own combination. If you’re in a pinch, try rubbing some herbs like basil or mint from the garden onto your skin for quick relief!
I hope you’re inspired to try making your own natural bug spray this summer!