Why make your own bug repellent? Well, most commercial bug sprays contain DEET, or Diethyl-meta-toluamide. Deet is a neurotoxin and known carcinogen. Deet has been proven to be unsafe for babies and children. And frankly, if I wouldn’t put it on my kid because it’s toxic, why would I use it?
Fortunately, it’s super-easy to make your own effective and cheap insect-repellent. If you’re been following the Make it Yourself tips on Mindfully Frugal Mom for any amount of time, you’ll probably have everything you need already at hand.
There are several combinations that can be very effective, and you can test out which ones work the best for your geographic location.
To make your own effective insect repellent, you need the following:
- Glass container or spray bottle
- Selected Essential Oils. Choose from: Eucalyptus oil (not to be used on the face)Citronella Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Peppermint or Spearmint Oil, Catnip Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil
- Soybean Oil as a carrier oil — Soybean Oil has been shown to have an insect-repellent effect, especially when used in conjunction with Eucalyptus oil, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
You could brew up a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 5-6 raw smashed garlic cloves. Then, soak strips of cloth with it and hang outside to repel bugs.
What are your Make-It-Yourself ideas for repelling insects??
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