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DIY Non-Toxic Mosquito Repellent

July 29, 2013

Now, whenever he heads out the door, I douse (well, lightly spray) him with this homemade non-toxic mosquito repellent. So far, so good. No more bites.

Non-Toxic Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Every summer I feel as if our yard is the designated neighborhood breeding ground for all the mosquitos. And that’s not a good thing when your kid suffers from Skeeter Syndrome (this is what it looks like). No joke, folks, it’s for real.

I don’t think Little Man had ever been bit by a mosquito until we moved to Colorado. The reaction to those first bites was pretty severe—big, red, hot, swollen. His last bite was just above his elbow and half of his upper arm swelled!

Now, whenever he heads out the door, I douse (well, lightly spray) him with this homemade non-toxic mosquito repellent. So far, so good. No more bites. The non-toxic mosquito repellant formulation I am sharing is similar to this brand of repellent which I like and recommend to those of you who you are not up to making your own. But if you are the DIY-er type, give this recipe a try.

If you make a double batch in, say, a 4 ounce bottle or larger, and you’d like to pretty up that bottle, here’s a label printable I made for you. I print it out on my color printer (may have to play with size to fit your bottle) and then affix with clear tape—ensuring the tape extends beyond the edge of the label for water/oil proof protection.

Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent Spray

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons WATER
  • 1 teaspoon CASTOR OIL
  • 8 drops ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL
  • 8 drops LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL
  • 4 drops GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a 2 ounce amber spray bottle, shake vigorously and spray.
  2. ***Be sure to shake well before each use. Reapply often*** 
  3. Sometimes I double the recipe and use a larger spray bottle, but lately have been mixing up three bottles at a time of the 2 ounce size and keeping them by the front door, back door, and in the car.
http://www.floandgrace.com/2013729make-your-own-mosquito-repellent-spray-html/

I prefer using castor oil for its extra sticky, but not so oily, factor. Dr. Mercola has a nice write up on castor oil.

Please use therapeutic grade oils. You may shop the Flo & Grace store (affiliate link) or try Mountain Rose HebsNative American Nutritionals or Young Living. Some folks have a strong preference for where they source their oils and I totally respect that. The point of my essential oils posts are to show you how I use essential oils and not to sell you on a particular brand. In my research these just happen to be the most reputable out there.

 

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bitterlily July 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Since you say you like to use castor oil, does that mean any carrier oil will do? I have coconut, sweet almond and olive oil on hand, and would rather not buy another oil if I can use something I already have.

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Lexie July 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Bitterlily, Yes, you can try any other carrier oil (fractionated coconut if using coconut). I just like castor b/c of the sticky factor … can't really explain it 🙂 xoLexie

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Susan W. July 31, 2013 at 1:26 pm

What castor oil do you use? Is it what you get in the pharmacy at the grocery store?

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Lexie July 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Susan, I get mine at my natural grocery store or Whole Foods … look in the beauty department 🙂 xoLexie

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Maggie July 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Awesome Lex! Liv has quite the reaction to mosquito bites too so this is perfect for us. I looooove castor oil too. I used it during a cleanse and feel in love. Yep, we're weird 🙂

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Alisa - Go Dairy Free July 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

You are such a crafty mamma!

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peekkaboo August 2, 2013 at 12:25 am

Hello. Is there anything I can sub the GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL for? I have everything else, but that and this seems a bit expensive.

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Lexie August 2, 2013 at 2:19 am

Peekaboo, I would do a search for "essential oil mosquito repellent." There are a handful of oils that repel mosquitos and more than a handful of recipes out there. I love the scent of geranium and it happens to be a good repellent, too 🙂 xoLexie

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Linda dc August 3, 2013 at 4:36 am

Lavender essential oil is another repellent oil. As for carrier oils you can use almond,macadamia or avocado oils.

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Carolyn August 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

This is such a great idea, Lexie. I hate all the awful chemicals in commercial sprays!

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candace August 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Is this safe to use on babies?

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Arun Kumar August 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm Reply
momofitchyboys September 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I got oils from the kraft section at walmart, are those going to be effective?

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Niecey July 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

This is a good recipe. Recipes on other sites I've visited called for the usage of citrus (lemon) essential oil. Word of Caution: Exposing one's self to the sun after using Citrus EOs can cause skin irritation. It's advisable to test a product on a small skin area, then wait 24-48 hours to see if you have an adverse reaction such as itching, skin eruptions etcetera.

I've had the unpleasant experience of using a photosensitizing EO when out in the sun:(

Now I make my own blends. My friends and family started asking me to make batches for them too and thus nieceys naturals was born!

Niecey's Don't Bug me is available as a convenient pocket sized roll on and pump spray.

Hope you enjoy not being bitten as much as I do!

Warmest regards,
Niecey

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Lori Gross August 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Hi – I know this is an old post, but what size/company of labels do you use for the 2 oz bottles? The ones you made are really cute – thanks for sharing! And do you use waterproof ones or just regular?

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