Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Homemade Bug Repellent - Deet Free!

Know what I don't love? Bugs. Namely mosquitoes. I have a bite on my ankle that is driving me crazy. Literally, crazy. So I needed a solution to prevent mosquito bites this summer, and I've found one that isn't going to harm me or my child with harsh chemicals. This bug repellent recipe is affordable and can easily be made in the kitchen without needing to buy a lot of crazy ingredients. And, of course, it's simple. I was given this recipe by a friend who found it in Family Circle. Thanks Brandi!

All you need are a few ingredients:

  • equal parts of apple cider vinegar & witch hazel (I used 1 cup each)
  • a few drops of citronella oil (for 1 cup and 1 cup, I used about 2 teaspoons of oil)
  • spray bottle (walmart, $1.57)

Mix it all together and funnel into a spray bottle, or just funnel it all in and then give it a good shake. I can vouch that it does work. My daughter went to camp 2 days this week and hasn't had a single bite. One of her instructors, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, tried it out today on her legs only. She was bitten by mosquitoes on her arms, but not on her legs. Success!

If you don't have citronella oil, today is your lucky day because I have a website for you to order from AND a $5 coupon to pay for it!!

use $5 off code KON547

I bought this citronella oil for $3.37.

While you're there, you can also pick up some wonderful sweet almond oil to make sugar scrub!


Coupon Yoda said...

Wonderful!! Thanks for the "recipe"! I ordered some citronella oil and will go buy the other ingredients. Summer in Indiana = nasty mosquito bites.

Lemony said...

This is great Claudine! Thanks so much for the coupon code! We don't get too many mosquitoes out here on the West Coast, so its handy to have a cheap and healthy option which we can prepare in small amounts.

Anonymous said...

So ... how does it SMELL???

Claudine said...

I love the smell, it's mostly citronella with just a *hint* of apple cider vinegar. Not too offensive at all, IMO. :)

allison h. said...

thanks for the tip Claudine! I ordered it with the coupon and only had to pay 1.85 in shipping. This will be great for the baby :)