How to Make a Bug Spray for You and Your Family (Using Natural Ingredients)

Whether you're barbecuing, camping, or hiking, spending time outdoors with friends and family during warmer months is wonderful... unless you're being bitten by bugs. Store-bought bug sprays are often filled with chemicals and can be harsh on your skin as well. In a few simple steps, I'm going to show you how to make your own amazing smelling bug spray. Once you try this, you'll never want to use anything else.

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Things You'll Need

  • ½ cup witch hazel

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

  • 5 drops citronella essential oil

  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil

  • Spray bottle

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Step 1

Add ½ cup of witch hazel to a small spray bottle.

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Step 2

Next add 5 drops each of lavender, citronella and lemongrass essential oils to the bottle.

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Step 3

Replace the lid and shake well before each use.

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Spray skin and clothes lightly with homemade bug spray. You might want to use your hands to rub it into your skin.

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