I have been searching for a good recipe for homemade mosquito repellent for a while now and I think I finally found one!!
Before I share the recipe I have to say that I have tested it up here in the Dallas area, but NOT where I grew up in the mosquito-haven of southeast Texas (high heat + super high humidity = an insane number of mosquitoes).
That said, this homemade mosquito repellent has worked GREAT up here in Dallas and I’m thrilled to have found something that isn’t full of chemicals AND that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (like, for example, California Baby Natural Mosquito Repellent at $16.99 a bottle).
**Side Note: Be sure to also check out 20 Ways To Get Rid Of Pests Naturally!**
Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe #1:
- 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Citronella essential oil
- 3 – 4 Tbsp Homemade Vanilla Extract
- 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
*NOTE: You can just use plain vodka instead of the vanilla extract, but the vanilla extract just makes it smell great!
Mix all of the above ingredients in a 12-16 oz spray bottle and fill the rest up with water (or a mix of water and vodka, or a mix of water and witch hazel).
And I LOVE the smell of this mixture too! No need for perfume.
I also reapply fairly often.
There are a few other options that you could use as well instead of the above ingredients (although it might not smell as nice). Instead of the lavender essential oil you could use cinnamon oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, witch hazel, lemongrass oil, or just plain vodka (my homemade vanilla extract was made in vodka).
After a whole lot of research into essential oil companies I ended up buying from a company called Young Living (you can read more about why here). For the past couple of months I’ve been experimenting with another recipe using two of their oils and it works GREAT! Here’s the recipe using only Young Living Oils and water:
Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe #2:
- 10-15 drops Thieves essential oil blend
- 10-15 drops Purification essential oil blend
- A little bit of baking soda or salt
- 12 ounce spray bottle
Put the baking soda or salt (you only need a little bit) in the bottom of your spray bottle.
Add the drops of essential oils.
Shake the bottle to make sure all of the oils are absorbed into the salt or baking soda.
Fill the rest of the spray bottle up with water.
Have you tried making your own mosquito repellent? I’d love to hear other recipes that have worked for you!
And let us know if you try one of these recipes and it works!
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