How to Make a Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Three Popular Recipes


homemade mosquito repellent

There are many ways to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes. You can remove sources of standing water to reduce the amount who flock to your yard, use your green thumb with mosquito-repelling plants, light citronella candles, or use a DEET spray or lotion. While you can take these measures, there’s another you can use: your own homemade mosquito repellent. You probably already have the ingredients you need at home.

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Options

You’ll notice each recipe below requires essential oils. That’s because mosquitoes are sensitive to smells! Some essential oil options include:

  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Other strong-smelling choices

Option 1: Coconut Oil

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 20 drops of essential oil
  • Container

Coconut oil is a great, natural moisturizer. Plus, it has a strong (though pleasing!) scent that contributes to mosquitoes’ repulsion of this mix. It has a low melting temperature, so to make this mix, melt the oil and stir in your essential oil drops. Pour it into a container and let it harden. Before you go outside, apply it like a lotion on your hands, arms, and legs.

Option 2: Witch Hazel

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup witch hazel
  • 50 drops of essential oil
  • Spray bottle

Mix together your witch hazel and essential oils. Pour the formula into a spray bottle and apply before heading outside.

Option 3: Vinegar Homemade Repellent

  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 50 drops of essential oil
  • Spray bottle

Just like the witch hazel option, mix together the vinegar and essential oils, then apply before heading outside. While vinegar has a strong scent, the essential oils mask the smell.

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