Keep Mosquitoes Away With This DIY Spray

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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  • Paula Paula on Aug 03, 2021

    Do you ever use a mosquito killing bucket? Mosquitoes are easiest to kill as larvae. Put some hay in a bucket half full of water, allow it to "ferment". Add a mosquito dunk (Bacillus thuringiensis). Watch the mosquitoes die!

  • Jaw34053069 Jaw34053069 on Aug 04, 2021

    Does this only repel mosquitoes? What about fleas, ticks, and other yard/grass bugs?

  • Lisa Ibias Lisa Ibias on Aug 08, 2021

    Will this potion work for black flies too??

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  • Linda Linda on Jun 24, 2023

    Hey y'all ... some cheap brand of Listerine will work too. Doesn't leave a mess. Smell goes way quickly, and so do the bugs. We don't have a problem with black flies, etc. here, so I don't know about them. Put the Listerine product in a spray bottle. Just don't spray wood with it....spray into the air around you. You can also use Avon's skin-so-soft on your skin directly for mosquito repellant. It works great.

  • Lew100145908 Lew100145908 13 hours ago

    for many years I have used Avon Skin so soft for repellant. It works great trail walking or sitting outside.