DIY Natural Bug Spray Using Essential Oils
Since summer started, I have been hearing so much about how bad the bugs are. We had a really mild winter, so ticks and mosquitoes, that are normally killed off, have stuck around this year. Plus, these little insects can carry some pretty nasty diseases. A mosquito bite is annoying enough, then add in all the scary stories you hear on the news about kids going to the hospital, and you’ve got a bunch of mom’s freaking out about bugs.
Protection From Bugs and Chemicals
Protecting yourself and your little ones from little critters is more important than ever. The majority of people run out and grab whatever they find on the shelf and spray it on their kiddos without one thought about how the spray itself may be causing some harm as well. I get it! This was me last summer. It’s quick, it’s easy, and I had never thought about it before. I just didn’t want my baby to get bit.
The chemicals in bug sprays can be harmful too! We should protect our babies in that area as well. There are safer, more natural ways to guard your kids from bugs. There are natural products for you to buy, or you can make one, yourself. I am always a big fan of making things yourself; that way, you know what exactly you are spraying on your kid. You don’t read the ingredients and go, “How do you say that?!” You can easily put together natural bug spray using essential oils and a few other ingredients.
Enough rambling… let’s make this bug spray.
Everything you need:
Splash of Fractionated Coconut Oil or other carrier oil
5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
What To Do
Once you have the apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and essential oils in the bottle, you can fill it the rest of the way up with water. Make sure you shake it up before every use so that all of the ingredients are mixed together well.
Why I Used These Materials
I use a dark glass bottle because many essential oils need to be protected from the sun and they can eat away at plastic. I recommend these labels by Crinklee because they are water and oil proof. I love these labels. They work better than anything else I have tired. Also, I made the adorable labels you see in the pictures for my roller bottles and they work great on these 2 ounce bottles as well. Check out more about the roller bottles, their labels, and recipes here. Get the printable label template by signing up for my newsletter.
There are a ton of different oils that can be used to repel bugs. I chose these three specifically because they are safe for kids under 2 years. Do not use on a baby under 3 months and spray on clothing instead of skin, when possible.
And… this recipe is safe for dogs as well. We can’t forget to protect our furry friends.
I hope everyone stays safe from the bugs this summer. Let me know if you give this a try and how it works out for you.
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