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

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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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