Handmade Mosquito Repellent
Before we get into handmade mosquito repellent, let me tell you that the CDC says that the use of DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) and Picaridin is safe and effective in protecting against mosquito bites. CDC Reference to Mosquito Repellent
However, if you would like to try your hand at perhaps some more familiar ingredients, give Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus a try. As a side note I've seen the incorrect spelling, "mosquito repellant". As most of our visitors know, the correct spelling is "repellent". OK, enough of that!
Oil of lemon eucalyptus [active ingredient: p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD)], a plant- based mosquito repellent, is registered with the EPA. A recent study indicates that when oil of lemon eucalyptus was tested against mosquitoes found in the United States it protected against bites similar to repellents with low concentrations of DEET.
It’s also pretty good aromatherapy if you like the fresh smell of lemons and eucalyptus. (Now if you like the smell of Off brand repellent, then this isn’t for you).
I also spray it on my pooches (Great Dane and German Shorthaired Pointer). Not only does it help to keep the mosquitoes from biting them but guess what -- they smell lemony fresh as well.
To make about 4 oz. of repellent you will need:
- 3 1/2 oz. of Witch Hazel or Olive Oil
- ½ oz. (3 teaspoons) of Lemon of Eucalyptus.
Gently mix the ingredients together and Voila! You’ve got your homemade (and effective) repellent.
You can store it in small plastic or glass bottlers. Then simply put a little on your hands and rub it on your arms and legs. Be careful around your eyes of course if you use it on your face.
Witch Hazel is at your local drug store. I’ve seen it at Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS for about $6 for 16 0z.
As for Lemon eucalyptus oil, I’ve mostly seen that for sale online. eBay has several sellers with prices around $6 for 4 ounces.
Enjoy your handmade mosquito repellent. I know I am...and so is my Great Dane, Grits!
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