Homemade Natural Bug Spray

My family and I live in Florida.  We have beautiful beaches and rivers to explore.  We also have bugs, lots and lots of bugs.   Bug spray is often a necessity when venturing outdoors.  I seem to be a magnet for mosquitos, if there is one in the area it will bite me multiple times, Audrey seems to be the same way.  I refuse to stay indoors to avoid the many pesky bugs outdoors and I also refuse to cover my skin in chemicals.  This is why I make my own homemade natural bug spray.

How To Make Your Own Bug Spray

By making my own natural bug spray I can be sure that I am not spraying toxic chemicals on my family.  Are you aware that your skin is your largest organ and chemicals can be absorbed through your skin and into your blood stream.  These chemicals can cause toxic effects to your body.  Deet is a commonly used ingredient in most commercial bug sprays and I avoid it completely.

I refuse to use DEET, this website sums up why:

the most serious danger by far has nothing to do with the West Nile Virus but instead is posed by the pesticides we use to keep the mosquitoes away. And while you likely don’t have much control over the community-wide fogging geared at reducing mosquitoes (other than running indoors and making sure all your windows are tightly shut), you do have control over the pesticides you use personally.

Most insect repellents out there are loaded with toxic chemicals, including the pesticide DEET, which is so poisonous that even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash it off your skin when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in and not spray it directly on your face. Think about it–if this chemical can kill mosquitoes, it can likely do some harm to other life forms too.

Making your own homemade natural bug spray is easy.  It is also extremely cost-effective when you compare to the prices of the over-the-counter natural bug sprays.  You need only a few simple ingredients and a spray bottle.


What you need:

  • Distilled (or boiled) water
  • Natural  Witch Hazel
  • Vegetable glycerine (you can omit this if you desire)
  • Essential oils:  I use Citronella, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lavendar, Litsea, Tea Tree, Patchouli, and Catnip

What you do:

  • Fill an 8 ounce spray bottle halfway with distilled water
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of Glycerine Vegetable
  • Fill almost to the top with natural Witch Hazel
  • Add 50 drops of essential oils.

See, super easy and I promise you it will keep the bugs off!

If you don’t have the time or simply don’t want to bother with making your own you can hope over to my Etsy store to buy some oh my homemade natural bug spray,  just click here.

Organic Bug Spray


To see all of my natural living recipes please click here.

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DISCLAIMER: The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Natural Bug Spray

  1. I bought a natural bug spray and it worked very well when my daughter and I were doing some planting in the shade. We were attacked by a huge swarm of mosquitos and ready to give up when I decided to give it a try. I was so happy I had it. It’s great to have a recipe for a homemade version–thanks!

  2. Claire says:

    For the bug spray recipe you list all of the essential oils that you use – do you use them all in the same batch, or do you use just one for each bottle and switch it up?

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