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Make Your Own All-Natural Bug Spray

Summer snuck up on me. I’m not gonna lie –  the heat, the sunburn, the BUGS, they all seemed to show up out of the blue…

Even though it caught me of guard, I’m not letting mother nature get the best of me. I’m going to work with her to get the best out of this summer.

My first DIY this sunny season was homemade, natural bug spray. (I’m a stickler for making my own things, especially sprays. If I can’t pronounce the ingredients, I don’t want to inhale it or have it on my skin)

You don’t even need a lot of things, and you can choose what you do and don’t want to add!

Make Your Own All-Natural Bug Spray



All-Natural Bug Repellent



2 oz. amber glass bottle (the dark color preserves the oil and, besides, it’s prettier than the clear bottle)

pipettes (to be used if your essential oils don’t have droppers)



5 drops of lemongrass oil (or citronella)

5 drops peppermint oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops rosemary oil

2 drops eucalyptus oil

½ ounce witch hazel

½ ounce apple cider vinegar

1 ounce water

(The witch hazel and apple cider vinegar should be available at your local discount or health food store. And you should be able to find the oils at your local health food store. For your convenience, we’ve also added a “Make Your Own Bug Spray” section to Mom’s Corner Store.)


  • Place the essential oils in the container. (Use pipettes if the oil containers don’t have droppers.)
  • Add witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, and water.
  • Put on the lid and shake it up.

That’s it! It really is that simple to make homemade bug spray.

Isn’t it comforting to know that you can take matters into your own hands?

Notes & Caution:

Some people are sensitive to various essential oils (especially peppermint) so it’s always a good idea to test each oil that you’ll be using for irritation. And, it’s also important to note that the face may be more sensitive than other areas.

Testing for sensitivity is an easy process. Simply:

  • Combine 1 drop of the oil you want to test in 1 tsp of a carrier oil (such as almond, olive, or grape seed oil).
  • Place a small amount of the mixture in the crease of your elbow. Don’t wash this area for 24 hours. (You could also place it on your wrist, but it would be harder to keep it from being washed for 24 hours.)
  • Watch for signs of redness, itching, or swelling. If, after 24 hours, there are no signs of adverse reaction you should be good to go!

Although my family & I have enjoyed excellent, bug-free results with this spray, keep in mind that your results may vary. If at first you don’t get the results you’d like, experiment with oil amounts or even try different oils.

Of course, you’ll have lots of essential oils left over after making the bug spray. You can use them to make many other all-natural items, such as: laundry detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, chapstick, vapor rub, carpet deodorizer, a basic disinfectant, or even a detox bath!

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Trista Porter

Trista Porter

Trista is currently attending a local university. She is majoring in business administration and English. Not one to sit on the sidelines and watch life pass her by, she has recently started her own business featuring health-friendly and earth-friendly products. She also co-owns a photography business with her boyfriend fiancée. Her dreams are to be a successful writer, businesswoman, wife, and to spread the love of God. Learn more about Trista by visiting her at The Earthly Ones or ReiDesigns.
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6 Responses to Make Your Own All-Natural Bug Spray

  1. Carole West June 17, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    Loved this and I plan to make it soon! Featured you at Tuesdays with a twist at GardenUp green. Stop by when you get a chance! -Carole

    • Candy June 17, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      Awesome! Thanks Carol! I’ll be stopping by and we’ll give you a “shout out” from our facebook page too. 🙂

  2. Mary@Back to the Basics! June 17, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist!!! YOU have been featured today @ Back to the Basics. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week!

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