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Homemade Bug Repellent

When summer comes so does all the bugs. I don’t know about you but I don’t like bugs but I also don’t like all those commercial bug sprays. That is why I want to share this Homemade Bug Repellent recipe with you all.

homemade bug repellent

I always talk about how homemade products are so much better for you.

As you know, products found in your grocery stores are filled full of chemicals and toxins and you truly have no idea what is in them.

As far as bug repellent goes, did you know that DEET is actually a synthetically made product? Meaning it is made chemically in a lab and not naturally. Kind of scary that so many of us use that every year when we go camping or spend time outdoors. I was one of those people but not anymore!

This DIY Homemade Bug Spray is the perfect way to repel bugs in a way that is natural, safe, and effective. I sure hope you will give it a try!

Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Bug Repellent:

Other Supplies needed:

  • Measuring cup
  • Tablespoon
  • Spray bottle (found at Dollar Tree)

How to Make Homemade Bug Repellent:

  1. Measure about 2 cups of witch hazel into the measuring cup.
  2. Pour the witch hazel into your spray bottle then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Remember to leave enough room to add the rest of the ingredients.inprocess2
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin to the spray bottle.inprocess3
  4. Add 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil to the spray bottle. With Young Living Essential Oils you don’t need very many drops.
  5. Shake the spray bottle until all the ingredients are well mixed.
  6. Spray on your skin or in areas of your home you want to keep bugs away from. Repeat as needed.

Note: Peppermint is known to give a tingly feeling when applied to skin so please be aware when using this essential oil.

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Sunday 3rd of May 2015

Hi Brittanie,

Thanks so much for coming to visit, and for your sweet comments, they were an encouragement. Have to say doing this Thankful list for almost 6 yrs. now has definitely revolutionized my life and hope it has blessed others as well. Glad that I found Lorelai's blog and now yours................. and thanks for the work yall do to host this fun party.

Like the sounds of that bug spray. I used to use some sort of Avon product and water but haven't seen an Avon in this sounds like the next best thing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Blessings, Nellie

Sarah J

Monday 27th of April 2015

Popping over from Monday Motivation =) This is great! I'll have to give it a try and then past it on to my friend. Her 4 little girls HATE bugs and run from them. Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 8pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don't already!


Thursday 23rd of April 2015

So this will repel mosquitoes? I would love to find something that is natural to repel mosquitoes.


Friday 24th of April 2015


Of course I am not making any health claims but it has worked for me. Mosquitos are known to be attracted to certainly elements in our skin and by masking those elements with strong scents such as the ingredients in this spray, it repels them away. There are also a number of essential oils you can use in combination with witch hazel and vegetable glycerin to repel bugs in general. Bugs typically hate anything with a strong scent so essential oils that are strong will alone help repel bugs. Hope that helps!