I try to use as few unnecessary chemicals as possible, so I came up with this wonderful homemade natural bug repellent. It works and smells great too!
We’re having a serious tick problem around here.
In the eight years that we’ve lived here I’ve only actually seen a tick on someone once. Fast forward to this year and they are everywhere!
They’re embedded in our pets almost daily, crawling around our house, and a few weeks ago I pulled one out of my little guy’s belly after he was playing outside. YUCK!
How to Make Homemade Natural Bug Repellent
I try to use as few unnecessary chemicals as possible, so I’ve been doing my research and came up with this wonderful homemade natural bug repellent. It really works and actually smells good too!
This is the tick we pulled out of my son! Ewww!
Since we’ve had so many ticks I chose to make our repellent with vinegar…in my research I found that those little buggers don’t like it. But if you are lucky enough to not be in a tick-infested area this year than you can use witch hazel as a substitute for the vinegar. Either ingredient will work great, and I really don’t even smell the vinegar at all.
What You’ll Need…
All you’ll need to whip up your own batch of chemical-free natural bug repellent is a spray bottle (I got mine at the $1 store), water, vinegar (or witch hazel), Shield Me essential oil mix, vegetable glycerin (optional), and whole cloves.
Shield Me is from the KidSafe line of oils which are specifically formulated for children ages 2-10. If you won’t be using your bug repellent on little ones there is also a different synergy blend available – Nature Shield.
Homemade Natural Bug Repellent
- spray bottle
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 teaspoon vegetable glycerin optional
- 50 drops Shield Me Synergy essential oil mix
- 4 whole cloves
Combine vinegar and water in spray bottle.
Add vegetable glycerin (if using) followed by essential oil mix and cloves.
Shake to mix and spray away!
Apply all over clothing and skin as needed throughout your time outside.
What natural tips and tricks do you have to keep the bugs away? Share with us in the comments below!