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Banish Bugs: Step-by-Step Guide to Your Own Insect Spray

Diy Bugs Spray

You know that feeling – you’re sprawled out on the lawn, beverage in hand, finally enjoying some sunshine… when bzzzzzz! Those annoying bugs just won’t leave you alone. Instead of slathering on chemicals or staying inside, why not make your own all-natural bug repellent?

With some basic ingredients from your pantry, you can whip up a powerful insect spray that banishes bugs naturally. No harsh chemicals, no nasty scents – just plants’ own defenses against pesky critters. Plus, it’s affordable and fun to make your own! Let’s get started.

The Benefits of Homemade Bug Spray:

  • Avoid synthetic insect repellents like DEET that have been linked to negative health effects.
  • Create a custom scent blend using essential oils of your choice.
  • Save money by using simple pantry ingredients.
  • Reduce your environmental impact with eco-friendly ingredients.
  • Impress your friends with your DIY skills!

The Key Ingredients You'll Need:

Essential Oils – Bugs despise the smells of certain oils like lemongrass, eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint, lavender, and tea tree oil. You’ll want to get 100% pure essential oil versions of 2-3 of these.

Distilled Water – The base for diluting the concentrated oils into a sprayable mixture. Don’t use tap water.

Witch Hazel – This clear liquid helps the oils disperse and stick to your skin.

Vegetable Glycerin or Vodka – Either of these help the spray adhere better (vodka also acts as a preservative).

You’ll also need a spray bottle, a funnel, and small bowls for mixing. Any dark glass bottle works best as essential oils can degrade in plastic.

Diy Bugs Spray

The Bug-Banishing Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1 tbsp vegetable glycerin (or vodka)
  • 30-50 drops of essential oils total (see the recommended blends below)

Just mix all ingredients together, shake well, and your all-natural bug repellent is ready! Apply liberally to skin and clothing before heading outdoors.

For an extra potent pest preventer, try one of these proven essential oil combos:

  • 20 drops lemongrass + 15 drops eucalyptus + 15 drops citronella
  • 20 drops peppermint + 20 drops lavender + 10 drops tea tree
  • 25 drops citronella + 25 drops lemongrass

Pro Tips:

  • Shake well before each use as the oils and water can separate.
  • Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming/sweating.
  • Store in a cool, dark place and use within 6 months

The best part? This versatile spray can also repel fleas, ticks, ants, flies, and even the dreaded mosquito! Your new secret weapon against insects is now just a few household ingredients away.

Don’t get bugged any longer – get spraying! Then come back and let us know your favorite essential oil blends in the comments. We can’t wait to hear what zany bug puns YOU come up with too. 🐝

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