When it rains here in Southern California it goes without saying that mosquitos are soon to follow. I swear there are clouds of them hovering outside and you’d be daft not to close up doors and windows before 3:30pm lest you invite them all in for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Just last evening I squashed no less than twelve mosquitos hanging out at the kitchen sink – like they were having some grand reunion of sorts. They’re everywhere and I refuse to become their evening meal especially with all the mosquito-borne illnesses going around lately.
So how have I been repelling the sudden onslaught? A simple DIY bug repellent gel recipe!
How to Make a DIY Bug Repellent Gel Recipe THAT WORKS!
This recipe is quick to throw together and easy to slather on exposed areas. Since it’s a gel, it won’t stick to clothing as it’s quickly absorbed into the skin. I love how easy it is to apply and as a plus, it smells great – not like other natural bug repellents you can find at the store. This recipe is all natural and contains no nasty chemicals (like DEET – a chemical known to damage the brain and nervous system) or ingredients.
The essential oils used in this recipe are widely disliked by biting insects and will help keep them from picking up environmental cues that they use to locate you. One of the best oils to use for this purpose that has been proven more effective than DEET is lemon eucalyptus essential oil. The only issue is it doesn’t smell great (it’s very similar to citronella) and can easily overpower other essential oils in the recipe. However, adding just one drop seems to do the trick in this recipe so feel free to experiment!
Here’s what you need to make your own bug repellent gel:
• A 3oz squeeze tube or 4oz pump bottle
• A scant ½ cup of aloe vera gel for the 4oz size and about 1/3 cup for a 3oz squeeze bottle size
• 1TB witch hazel or vegetable glycerin for a more moisturizing effect
• 4-7 drops nature shield essential oil blend
• 2 drops tea tree essential oil
• 2 drops lemongrass essential oil
• 1 drop lemon eucalyptus essential oil or citronella essential oil
You can also sub in catnip essential oil or pure vanilla extract into the recipe though I haven’t tried either of these. However, they are known to be amazing bug repellents so let me know how they work out for you if you give them a try!
Loving Preparation – DIY Bug Repellent Gel
1. In a clean glass dish, mix all of the ingredients until well combined.
2. Next, carefully funnel the gel into the squeeze/pump bottle and cap closed.
Apply a thin even layer to exposed skin before going outdoors or even when you notice a ton of mosquitos flying around your house like I did!
This gel also works really well under clothing to give you that extra boost of protection since mosquitos can reach through thin clothing like leggings and t-shirts.
Re-apply every 30 minutes or just when you notice the aroma starting to fade. I find that using a bit of vegetable glycerin helps extend the staying power of the essential oils in this recipe.
What have been your favorite all-natural bug repellents? Please let me know in the comments!
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