Homemade Bed Bug Spray

3 materials
20 Minutes

Hometalk Editor's Note: Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) can kill bedbugs on contact only. Additionally, be aware that spraying your belongings with rubbing alcohol can create a fire hazard. We advise you to please use this recipe safely and carefully. ( source)


Does the thought of bedbugs give you the creeps? Same! You never think that dealing with an infestation of bedbugs can happen to you until it does. Today we’re going to talk about how to make homemade bedbug spray (in case it happens to you) and how to prevent bedbugs from spreading.

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • funnel
  • Essential oils (optional)

Mix equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol and spray all the areas the nasty little critters are hiding and have made their new home. This will stop them from spreading and laying eggs.

Pour a half cup of water into the spray bottle using a funnel.

Pour a half cup of 70% or higher rubbing alcohol into the bottle using a funnel.

Add 10 drops of essential oils like tea tree, lavender or peppermint. Bed bugs don’t like these smell and they also help to make your room smell nice.

Spray the mixture onto your mattress and bed.

Spray wherever bed bugs may be lurking and use occasionally to help prevent them. If you are dealing with an active infestation you should put all your bedding in the wash and dry on a hot cycle to kill any critters.

Use a mattress cover to help prevent bed bug infestations.

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Adrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome
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