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All About Homemade Bug Repellent

If you hate bugs and we are sure you do, continue reading this post for more insights on homemade bug repellent. You may hate bugs but you’re also conscious of your carbon footprint and want to get rid of bugs the natural way. You don’t entertain well the idea of using commercial insect repellents available in the market due to its safety hazards and chemical content. You have a concern to your kids who might accidentally play with such dangerous repellents.Β  All your concerns are valid and we understand these so we are giving you important information regarding bug repellents at home.

Importance of having a homemade bug repellent at home

The following are the reasons you should have a homemade bug repellent at home:


Comparing with your commercial bug repellents your homemade natural bug repellents are affordable. You can make your bug repellent by using raw materials that are easier to find.


Your homemade bug repellents do not contain the harmful chemical called, DEET.Β  This chemical is known to cause some of our brain neurons to die once we are exposed to it. DEET is a common chemical in commercial repellents in the market.

Essential oil

The base for your natural homemade bug repellent is essential oil like citronella. Essential oil is natural oil obtained by the process of distillation (often using steam) of raw plant material.Β 

Easy to use

Homemade repellents are easy to use just spray on your skin, clothes or gears with minimal shaking compared to some commercial repellents that need to observe distance from release to the target.

Bugs away

Well, this is the main reason for having repellents at home. Letting bugs go away so that you can be comfortable at your own home doing the things you want.

ABC’s of homemade bug repellent

We will give you some of the homemade bug repellents that you can easily make.

Homemade Bug Spray Ingredients For You

  • 30 drops geranium essential oil
  • 30 drops citronella essential oil
  • 20 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • Β½ cup natural witch hazel
  • Β½ cup water (or vinegar)

How to make and mix?

  1. Place essential oils in a glass spray bottle.Β 
  2. Add vodka or alcohol and shake well to combine.
  3. Pour in witch hazel and shake to combine.
  4. Add water and shake again.Β 
  5. Shake before each use as the oils and water will naturally separate some over time.

How to use it?

You can keep a bottle by the back door for easy application, and also in your first aid kit when camping or hiking. You can also carry this homemade anti-itch cream in case of the random bug bite common in the woods during your outdoor activities.

Your Herbs Bug Spray Ingredients

  • Distilled water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dried herbs: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, etc.Β  We recommend using at least one herb from the mint family.

How to make and mix?

  1. Boil 1 cup of water and add 3-4 tablespoons of dried herbs total in any combination.Β 
  2. Use 1 tablespoon each of peppermint, spearmint, catnip and lavender, and also throw in a couple of dried cloves.
  3. Mix well, cover and let cool, ensure to cover to keep the oils intact.
  4. Strain herbs out and mix water with 1 cup of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol.Β 
  5. Store in a spray bottle in a cool place.Β 

How to use it?

Store in your refrigerator to preserve quality and spray to affected areas at your home.Β 

Your bugs will be bugging out from your home

If you’re able to make and use these simple natural and homemade bug repellents we are sure the bugs in your home will be bugging out.

Check us out for more practical tips on enjoying your home.

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