Keep Mosquitoes Away With This DIY Spray

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Yes, I'm dating myself with this one! Paul Harvey had a segment years ago, where he shared this spray recipe.Over the years I think people have forgotten about it. So here it a reminder with photos on how to make it.

Only 3 ingredients are needed:Big bottle of cheap BLUE Mouthwash3 cups of Epsom Salts3 - 12 oz. cans of cheap stale beer

Mix all 3 ingredients together until salt is dissolved.

Start with the bottle of mouthwash

Then add 3 cups Epsom salts

Next add 3 cans stale beer

FYI, start with a large pitcher. I had to switch to a larger one due to lack of space - it's a lot of liquid! 

Stir well until salt is thoroughly dissolved

Pour into a spray bottle.

It makes quite a lot.Spray anywhere you sit or hangout outside, it won't harm plants or flowers.I spray it on my window screens from the inside out (so I don't get my windows dirty ;) I spray the deck and walkways throughout the gardens.

As long as it doesn't rain or get washed off it lasts a good amount of time - not necessary to spray each time you go out.

It does make a huge difference in keeping those biters away.Recently I had the Little's here for a few days and we spent a lot of time outside playing.Happy to report no one received a bite. 

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

23 DIY Wall Clocks That'll Transform Your Whole Room
15 Amazing Ways To Get Your Patio All Ready For Summer
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
30 Fun Ways To Keep Your Home Organized
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
14 DIY Hacks to Stay Clean While Camping
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
23 Insanely Clever Ways To Eliminate Clutter
18 Easy DIY Projects That You Can Do This Weekend!
15 Things To Do With Scrap Material
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 90 questions

Join the conversation

3 of 175 comments
  • Sandie
    on May 8, 2020

    As I'm not a beer drinker, how long does it take for beer to go stale? Do I need to open the can?

    • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
      on May 8, 2020

      Hi Sandie, You need to open it and wait for all the carbonation to leave - then it's considered stale. like soda would be. Usually overnite does the trick.

  • Joan
    7 days ago

    Absolutely going to give this a try!! We live in Minnesota and have lots of bugs, gnats and mosquitoes.

Your comment...