Make your own natural bug spray

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)-  After a long, hard winter we’re spending a lot of time outdoors now that the warm weather is here. Bugs are a big nuisance and there’s plenty of repellants on the market, but if you want to avoid the chemicals, we have a solution. Michele Fife, a WOTV 4 Women Crew member, has a chemical-free alternative.

Michele has tested a variety of oils and blends over the years. She researched by looking at lots of store brand natural bug sprays and found at least 21 different essential oils and at least three that seemed to be the common denominators in all.

All of these oils can be purchased at local health food stores or online. She also purchased spray bottles online but you could even recycle old spray bottles for this purpose.

The base is 70% distilled water 70%, 15% witch hazel, and 15% vegetable glycerine. The best results were reached with this combination:

Citronella – 10 drops
Peppermint – 10 drops
Lemongrass – 10 drops
Cedar – 5 drops
Clove – 5 drops
Geranium – 5 drops

She also had good results with added lavender so this can be added if desired for a nicer scent. Also if you cannot find vegetable glycerine, grape seed oil is a nice replacement.

These are the quantities for a 5 oz. bottle.


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