It’s that outside time of year. Which means that we humans must do battle with public enemy number one. That’s right; the mighty mosquito. This easy homemade mosquito repellent really works, and it’s natural, too!
Easy homemade mosquito repellent that really works
Prepping for a work day in Waipi‘o Valley, we were warned about the mosquito population and strongly encouraged to bring mosquito repellent. While I know the commercial bug repellents work, I’m not exactly a fan of rubbing DEET and other chemicals on my skin. So I did what any self-respecting do-it-yourselfer would do: I made my own natural mosquito repellent.
It was risky, taking an unproven natural mosquito repellent right into mosquito central. But guess what? It worked. And it worked beautifully. Even people who frequent the valley and do battle with mosquitoes on a regular basis were raving about my homemade mosquito repellent.
I’ve made my own DIY bug repellent before with limited success. This time, though, I added neem seed oil, which is known to have pest repellent properties. It made all the difference. (You should not use neem seed oil if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as it is considered an abortifacient. )
Those of us who used this homemade mosquito repellent came home with few — if any — bites.
While I can’t control the mosquito population in the wild, implementing some natural mosquito control tactics at home means I don’t have to use this mosquito repellent when I spend time out in the garden.
Making this DIY bug repellent
Making this repellent is a matter of mixing a few ingredients together. While some are common in many households — coconut oil and olive oil — you may need to track down the neem oil (you can order it here) and make sure you have citronella essential oil on hand. Store this bug repellent in a dark bottle; one with a dropper makes it easy to apply.
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Natural Homemade Mosquito Repellent
This homemade mosquito repellent works in Hawaii's jungle -- surely it will keep the bugs at bay at your place, too!
If necessary, melt coconut oil.
Mix together all ingredients and store in a small jar with an eye dropper top.
To use, rub sparingly onto exposed skin.
You should not use neem seed oil if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as it is an abortifacient.
Originally published May, 2014, this post has been updated.