Insect Repellent.

Homemade bug spray!

Homemade bug spray!

I hate the store-bought insect repellents that make you just about choke when you have to spray them near your face.  I’ve been searching for a homemade version that works.  This is my best attempt so far.  Thanks to for the recipe!


  • Essential oils – choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
  • Natural witch hazel
  • Distilled or boiled water
  • Vegetable glycerin (optional)


  • Fill spray bottle (8 ounce) half full with distilled or boiled water.
  • Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin if using.
  • Add 30-50 drops of essential oils.  The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be.


  • I used a mix of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Lavender.
  • I mixed this in a mason jar with a lid so that I could shake it up, then divided into two smaller spray bottles for ease of use.
  • I’ve used it a few times now.  If you are going somewhere where you need heavy duty bug spray you will probably want to stick with something professionally made.  But, to keep the gnats away while you’re doing some yard work or taking a walk around the neighborhood, it works great.  One drawback – if you’re sweating it wears off quickly, you’ll need to reapply every hour or so.
  • It definitely smells MUCH better than store-bought and is way less toxic.

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