Hello divas! I hope that your week had gone really well and that you are looking forward to a fabulous holiday weekend ahead. I don’t know about the weather where you are, but here in Tennessee it has been hot and humid for the past few weeks. Summertime has arrived that’s for sure. While I love the summer time, there is one thing that I always dread this time of year – the return of what my mama used to call the Georgia state insect – mosquitos. To combat these pests, I am sharing my homemade bug repellent that both smells wonderful and is all-natural.
I apparently have sweet blood. Or at least that’s what I tell myself because if there is a mosquito within a 5 mile radius, odds are it will find me. I remember growing up I would be covered in little red mosquito bites if I failed to put on my bug spray before heading outdoors. But I always hated the way that these sprays smelled. As I have gotten older, I have begun to realize the number of chemicals that are often in these sprays as well. So I decided to try my hand at making my own version of bug repellent that contains natural ingredient.
This particular spray is super easy to make. It uses water, vodka and essential oils. I will admit I’m a little behind the times on the whole essential oil thing but they do seem to work really well. And they make the spray smell oh so good.
For this recipe, I started off boiling the water. You can also use distilled water which I didn’t happen to have on hand for this. While the water was boiling, I poured the vodka into the spray bottle. As a substitute you can also use witch hazel or rubbing alcohol, but I chose the vodka because it is a bit more natural and it was something I happened to have in the house.
After the water was boiling, I poured it into the spray bottle with the vodka. Next comes the essential oils. You can use whichever your favorites are, but for this spray I chose the lavender, sweet orange and peppermint. The lavender is great for repelling mosquitos and house flies. The orange repels gnats and fleas and the peppermint works for gnats and ticks. Lastly, I shook the ingredients and I now have a homemade bug repellent.
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