We are outdoorsy kinda people. My kids love to get out and get fresh air and explore. Going on hikes through the woods to look for wild animal tracks, or just playing in the backyard; my kids have small buggy targets painted on them. I swear they do. Just last week I took the kids to my Dad’s house and they were outside, in the middle of the day, and my smallest ended up with more bug bites than I could shake a stick at. That is when knowing how to make homemade bug repellent comes in handy!
Now my hubby’s response is the same every time it happens “Spray them down with bug spray before you take them out!” Oh I cringe when I see him pull that bottle out! Seriously it irks me to my core! If the chemicals in that bottle can kill bugs why on Earth would I voluntarily spray them on my children. I can’t pronounce them, and there are warnings galore, but I should spray them on my babies because???!
I was determined to find a better way….there had to be a safer alternative. And there is! You can make your own ALL NATURAL Bug Repellent that actually works! No crazy chemicals needed.
- 12 oz bottle witch hazel
- 15 drops citronella essential oil
- 15 drops lemongrass oil
- 10 dropspeppermint essential oil
- 10 dropstea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- An empty spray container
- Mix all of the ingredients together well and place in the empty spray container. Spray on exposed skin reapplying after swimming or exercise.
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Amanda is a busy mom of 3 that is constantly on the lookout for shortcuts to add more happiness to the day. She loves creating recipes, printables, DIY, and sharing family fun tips with you.