It is bug season and I should have shared this DIY essential bug spray recipe at the beginning of summer, it is still not too late to make your own. I hate bug sprays and the chemicals that are in them, so I decided to make my own with this recipe and I am very happy with how it works.
This post contains affiliate links. Click here to see my full disclosure policy.
I am a magnet for mosquitos, just ask Mr. DD. He claims that I am his bug spray. We will be side by side and I will get multiple bites and he will have zero as long as I am next to him. I know a lot of you out there are just like me. Those pesky mosquitos love my scent!
The first time I used my new bug spray was sitting outside on our deck and Mr. DD said we need to go in, I am getting bit. What, wait, you are getting bites and I have not! It works and I am not using those nasty bug sprays ever again!
This is such a simple recipe and a little goes a long way. I will need to make a few bottles so I can have one at home and carry one in my purse. I recommend using glass bottles for all your essential oils. They keep better in the glass as the essential oil can break down the plastic compounds and that defeats the purpose of using an essential oil if it has plastic compounds in it. I used these 2-ounce amber glass bottles because it is best to use dark bottles.
- 2 Tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Distilled Water
- 15 drops Lavendar Esstial Oil
- 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 15 drops Clove Essentail Oil
- Add all ingredients into small dark glass spray bottle.
- Shake before each use.
Different oils repel different bugs, so it’s best to use a combination of essential oils to ward off several types of bugs.
Mosquitos – citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas – cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine
Ticks – rose geranium, juniper, rosewood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano
I hope you have a bug free summer and enjoy this homemade essential oil bug spray.
Looking to go chemical free in your cleaning? Let me help with this Chemical Free Cleaning Guide. Join the Designed Decor Community and receive this guide as my Thank you for joining. You will receive DIY and home decor updates delivered to your email. Sign up below.
Join the DD Community!
Join the Designed Decor Community and receive all the in's & out's of making your house a home on a "Thrift" Budget. Also receive this Chemical Free Cleaning Guide for joining.