In just a few days we'll be packing up the kids and dogs and heading off the to great wilderness (read: campground 1hr away from home) to enjoy a little outdoor camping adventure.
Among many other things, we will need a good amount of bug spray. I can't stand the thought of putting DEET on my kiddos or dogs so I've come up with my own concoction that works and is completely natural!
All-Natural Bug Repellent
What You'll Need:
- 1 spray bottle
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
- Citronella Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Clove Essential Oil
This couldn't be easier. Pour your water and Witch Hazel into your spray bottle. Next it's time for the essential oils. The best part is you can tweak the recipe depending on your preference. Here's what I used: 25 drops of Citronella, 20 drops Lavender, 7 drops of Rosemary and 7 drops of Clove essential oils. Add to your bottle and shake well. And PRESTO! All-Natural Bug Repellent!
Both my husband and I tried this spray out over the weekend with great success. It was easy to make and goes on great; nice and light and refreshing. I sat out on the deck last night to test it and see if it did indeed repel the bugs. I had been cleaning up the back yard and as the sun went down the mosquitoes came out. After applying it to my arms and legs I was surprised how well it worked. The mosquitoes came over to for a little nibble, but when they landed or got close they didn't seem to care for my scent anymore and left.
There will be more testing this weekend at the campground so stay tuned for an update. Remember, what works for me may not work for you, so mix up the recipe to suit your needs. And don't forget to let me know if it worked for you or if you discovered an even better bug spray recipe!