Make Natural Insect Repellent

Insects can ruin the best of gardens. Whether the little pests are invading your garden, or your home, you want to get rid of the them right away. The trouble is, many chemical insect repellents are dangerous for children and pets, not to mention unpleasant. There is a solution – you can try a natural insect repellent spray. Below is a recipe for a simple insect repellent spray that you can make at home. It does the trick and it smells great, too.

Things You Will Need

1 gallon of water, lavender essential oil, peppermint oil (optional), cedarwood/pine/patchouli essential oil (optional), a spray bottle

Step 1

Get one gallon of fresh water. Spring water is best, but you can use tap water if spring water is not available.

Step 2

Into the water, add 5 drops of lavender essential oil. It smells wonderful, and is also great for repelling many different insects, like beetles, flies, fleas, moths, and mosquitoes.

Step 3

This next step is optional. You may want to add an additional 5 drops of peppermint oil in order to repel caterpillars and ants. This will also have the added bonus of inhibiting mold.

Peppermint oil is very strong, and can irritate skin, so adding it means your mixture should not be applied directly to the body. If you use it, you should insure that the repellent is never sprayed near eyes or mucus membranes.

If you choose not to add the peppermint oil, you should add an additional 5 drops of lavender essential oil. This will make the blend safer for use on skin and around pets and children.

Step 4

This next step is also optional. If you would like your mixture to repel snails, then you can add an additional 5 drops of cedarwood or pine or patchouli oil to the blend. These will change the scent slightly.

Step 5

Once you've added all of the oils, stir in well to distribute. Pour some of the liquid into a spray bottle.

You can use this insect repellent spray directly in your garden and on most surfaces. It is safe for use on your skin, but remember that it should not be sprayed on the body if mint was added.

This insect repellent will only last one week, since no preservatives or chemicals were used. To avoid mold from forming, you should try to use it within one or two days of making the spray.

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