3 Ways to Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent

Written by The Ready Store

As your family begins to move outdoors for the summer, you’ll have to take precaution against mosquitos and other insects.

Using mosquito repellent helps reduce your risk of exposure to West Nile virus or other diseases, it allow you to enjoy your summer activities with a low risk of disease.

Even if you’re indoors, it’s recommended that you use mosquito repellent, especially at dusk or when the sun goes down. Products that use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus have been found to last a lot longer and work better.

Besides applying repellent, you should also take steps to avoid any exposure to mosquitoes. For example, wear long pants and long sleeves while you’re outdoors, use mosquito nettings and get rid of standing water near your home in order to avoid mosquito nesting grounds.

You can also make your own mosquito repellent – which will save you time and money. Check out these recipes below to see how you can make your own repellent and add your comments below:

Garlic Repellent
There is good reason that they say that garlic repels vampires. Mosquitos hate the stuff!

You’ll Need:
• Minced Garlic
• Mineral Oil
• Lemon Juice
• Cheesecloth

Directions
Mince a few cloves of garlic and cover them with mineral oil. Allow them to sit and soak for 24 hours. After they are done soaking, remove the minced garlic chunks and mix the oil with 2 cups water and 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice. Strain everything through a cheesecloth and add to a spray bottle.

Lemon Eucalyptus Repellent
You’ll Need:
• Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
• Sunflower Oil (or Witch Hazel)

Directions:
Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every 10 parts of sunflower oil. You can rub the mixture on your skin or add it to a spray bottle and apply that way.

Lavender Mosquito Repellent
If you rub lavender flowers on your wrists, neck and behind your ears, you’ll smell great but you’ll also avoid mosquitoes. If you don’t have any lavender at the moment, you can always plant one in your yard.

Your Ideas?
Comment below and tell us ways that you avoid mosquitoes during the summer.

Updated May 10, 2013

19 Comments

  1. Jeff wrote:

    I supplement (through tablet form) my regular diet with high levels of Vitamin B Complex (it is one of the water-soluble vitamins so you will not over-dose)for certain health reasons and find that when I go outside the mosquitoes do not lite on me while my friends around me serve as unwilling blood donors. Another source for Vitamin B is Brewer’s Yeast.

    May 11th, 2013 at 7:13 am
  2. Rick wrote:

    Vitamin B complex will keep skeeters off. It even worked well in the Everglades.

    May 13th, 2013 at 9:32 am
  3. Robin wrote:

    You can also place citronella plants in your flower bed. You will have the smell like you do from store bought mosquito candles, but with a living plant. You can even place them in planters on your deck or porch area.

    May 13th, 2013 at 3:23 pm
  4. Afsar wrote:

    You can take the following steps also:
    1.Wear long sleeves and pants to cover whole body
    2.Set up net over the screens on windows
    3.Citrus oils can be applied to open organs

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:35 pm
  5. Rambo Moe wrote:

    Cool! Sharing this too! :D

    June 14th, 2013 at 6:53 pm
  6. Mary wrote:

    A solution of liquid soap (dish or body) in a spray bottle will kill bugs. Spray it on your skin to prevent bug bites.

    June 15th, 2013 at 10:30 am
  7. John in Ut wrote:

    While in the Northwestern area of Thailand I found some real answers to the problems of mosquito. The diet of the tribal people in these areas cook with a lot of garlic and sweeteners were not used hardly at all, including sugar. While I was there I found that eating this kind of diet really helped with the mosquito issue.

    June 22nd, 2013 at 9:28 am
  8. Sue wrote:

    6 drops of peppermint
    6 drops of geranium oil
    8 oz water

    Put 8 oz water into spray bottle, and drop each of
    the oils into the water. Shake and spray. Smells
    wonderful, and keeps mosquitoes at bay. I have used
    this recipe camping and at home. It always works for us.

    June 25th, 2013 at 9:24 am
  9. RiverGal wrote:

    Ha……Found this site and have learned how basic an important remedy is to make. Thanks!!!!

    July 1st, 2013 at 8:57 am
  10. Hogfan Tom wrote:

    Go buy any brand of dryer sheet and apply them directly onto your skin, they will still surround your body and fly all around but will not bite you!

    July 12th, 2013 at 12:26 am
  11. Kathleen wrote:

    Does anyone know if this will work for those pesky outdoor flies?

    July 12th, 2013 at 1:53 pm
  12. Kay wrote:

    Beware: Dryer sheets are highly toxic concentrated chemicals; never apply to your skin!

    July 19th, 2013 at 6:26 am
  13. Kenzie wrote:

    Garlic Salt and olive oil are like bug force fields and are coking foods:)

    August 29th, 2013 at 11:10 am
  14. fauna wrote:

    Citronella works great – buy it as an essential oil and use very sparingly…don’t spill it at camp like my brother!!
    Our farmer friend buys the lamp oil that has citronella in it to treat his horses against flies etc. We moved up to the mountains and our horses throats were solidly covered with big fat ticks…we tried the citronella lamp oil and it worked amazingly fast with no return of the ticks…

    …Avon Skin So Soft…Alaskan loggers remedy for those flying pesky mosquitos, no-see-ums and white flies…:)

    September 26th, 2013 at 5:36 am
  15. jason wrote:

    I live in a swamp. So we get those things like crazy. I also heard they are more attracted to certain blood types. I plant mint leaves around my garden it helps repelling bugs and rodents. I rub the leaves in my hands and rub it on me it helps a lot. If I find any baby snapping turtles in the yard I always put them in the tiny pools that get streams running into them from high tide. They help to. Looking to grow citronella this year. And building bat boxes. We have them around us. I don’t like using chemicals bc I go fishing and crabbing in the swamp.

    February 5th, 2014 at 1:58 pm
  16. SlickWilly wrote:

    Dryer sheets work, but place them in your waistband not on your skin! Texas skeeters can drain a small dog, but a dryer sheet in the collar and puppy is much happier…

    February 7th, 2014 at 2:10 pm
  17. Gayle wrote:

    I have also heard that you put the fabric softener sheet at your waist, not your skin. Also, dryer sheets are great for bedbugs. Put a couple between your mattresses along the edges. 1@ ea corner on the long sides.

    February 22nd, 2014 at 4:55 am
  18. EJ wrote:

    Those of you who avoid chemicals are wise to do so; dryer sheets are chemicals. As to using them to get rid of bedbugs? This will not get rid of them – it will simply cause them to “move”, but they won’t go far from a food source (you!). Bedbugs are not that easily gotten rid of. Ants will eat them, however; if you have an ant trail in your house, make sure they aren’t coming in to eat the bedbugs; do some reading on bedbugs so you know what you’re dealing with; once you have them, they are very difficult to get rid of. Not impossible, but, very difficult. We learned this when we allowed a homeless man to live in a trailer we owned.

    Your skin is an organ; anything you put on it will absorb into it, it will then get into your blood stream and your vital organs. No, no toxic chemicals! The BVitamins and garlic are proven to work. I grew citronella and don’t believe it had any effect, but, try it and see what you think. Liquid soap on skin? Not for me.

    Bugs hate apple cider vinegar (ACV); the natural with the “mother” still in it works best; eat fermented foods using ACV (it’s good for healthy guts, too!); if it you can take it, drink a teaspoon a day; try hiding it in locally-produced, raw honey (it’s not yellow!).

    Don’t allow water to stand around your home, which breeds biting insects such as mosquitoes.

    Do wear long sleeves and even nets over a hat to protect your face.

    “Purpose” brand soap is said to keep ticks off, but you must use it daily, and start a few days before going into infected areas, such as the woods. It is a Johnson & Johnson product; I had to order it online, but you can find it through Amazon, I believe.

    February 22nd, 2014 at 7:41 am
  19. NEB wrote:

    I use teatree oil. A few drops in a diffuser in your house will keep them outside. A few drops in your hands and rubbed on your clothes will keep bugs at bay when outside.

    February 23rd, 2014 at 8:54 pm

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