Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipes

Mosquito on skin

Mosquito on skin

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipes

There are many different homemade mosquito repellent recipes out there. Which one works best seems to depend on the person and the environment. Mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 that you produce, so we need recipes that repels the mosquitoes more than the CO2 attracts them. Below are several tried and true repellent recipes. If you have your own recipe you would be willing to share, please submit it in the comments.

2 parts vinegar, 1 part lemon juice, the juice from 3 ghost or habanero peppers, and 1 ounce of tequila.

Big bottle of cheap blue mouthwash, 3 cups of Epsom Salt, and 3 cheap stale 12 oz beer. Mix these three ingredients together until the salt is dissolved. Spray outside anywhere you will be sitting. People swear it works great. The recipe is originally from a Paul Harvey segment. It is supposed to last more than a month. You can also take the beer bottles and bury them around your porch or deck and pour the mix in them to use them as repellent holders.

Add 4 oz of witch hazel or rubbing alchol, 4 oz of boiled or distilled water, and ½ tsp vegetable glycerin to keep it from separating. Choose 2-5 Essential Oils from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Cedar, or Lavender and add in about 40 drops of each oil.

There is a legend that thieves had a homemade mosquito repellent recipe that they used to keep mosquitoes and flies away during the time of the Black Plague. It is called Vinegar of the Four Thieves. You take a 32 oz bottle of vinegar and add 2 TBSP each of dried Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, and Mint and add them to the vinegar. Shake it up every day for 3 weeks. This will make a concentrate that needs to be diluded 50-50 with water when put in a spray bottle.

Rub lavender flowers or lavender oil on your skin, especially on hot parts of your body.

Rub fresh or dried leaves of anything in the mint family, basil, or bay leaves all over skin to repel insects.
Neem Oil 2% mixed in coconut oil. A 1995 study at a field station the Malaria Research Centre in Ranipur, Hardwar, India, tested a mix of 2% neem oil mixed in coconut oil. Applying that mixture to skin provided significant protection from various mosquitoes. It worked best against anophelines, offering 96-100% protection, 85% for Aedes (carries dengue fever), 61-94% for Culex spp. (can carry West Nile virus) and 35% for Armigeres.
Whole cloves in the alcohol or vodka, or Everclear. Shake it up twice a day for 4 days. At the end of 4 days, strain the large pieces of cloves out and add coconut oil.

Mix baby oil and vanilla extract, and then thin with water if desired. Good on horses or people to control mosquitoes, horse flies, deer flies, does not attract bees. You will smell like sugar cookies. You can add lavender or lemon juice or use lavender scented baby oil.

Combine lemon or eucalyptus oil at 20-50 drops to 4 oz. water and 1 tsp. alcohol. This one is a little more expensive than some of the others.

Bragg’s vinegar, white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar mixed with water 50-50 then add a few drops of catnip oil.
1.5 TBS of organic catnip, 1.5 TBS of organic lavender and 2 cloves in distilled water.

Rub a dryer sheet on you and your clothes, then tuck it somewhere in your clothing.

Lemongrass oil - about 50 drops in 4 oz of water.

Dried lavender 1 ½ TB, dried catnip, dried spearmint, 1 heaping tsp dried rosemary, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 8 oz boiling filtered water. It ends up making about 5 oz of mix. Add 6 oz of rubbing alcohol + 20 drops each geranium Essential Oil, lavender Essential Oil, lemongrass Essential Oil. Makes about 12 oz.

Add 1 clove of garlic, 1 sprig of fresh sage, 1 bottle of baby oil in a blender until pureed. Strain. Put in a bottle and add rubbing alcohol at 1/3 of the mix. Shake well.

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