All Natural DIY Bug Spray Hack

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by Zest it Up
6 Materials
30 Minutes
I have always been one to play around with natural cleaning supplies, making my own laundry detergent and learning the endless opportunities of working with essential oils, but as baby boy will soon make his appearance into our little family it only fans my flame to keep with all natural products more. Ideally these products would take the added stressor away from curious tiny hands getting into harmful products, but also let’s face it- it’s way cheaper to make your own products too! Two for one in my book!! I know the big question you might be asking yourself though is, do they work? Well you never know until you try- and in your case thankfully I have tried and the answer is yes! haha. Today I am taking a stab at making my very own all natural bug spray- although we are in full fall swing we still are enjoying some warmer nights on the patio and this spray will come in so handy!!

Photo Cred: Anya McInroy
  • Glass Spray bottle
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil 
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • 10 drops Citronella essential oil
Use a funnel to help with the sweet almond oil. The almond oil will help with moisturizing the skin while also acting as a carrier agent for the essential oils.
Add all your oils to the bottle.
P.S. If you think essential oils are out of your price range, try Amazon! They have cheaper essential oils that you can use to make this DIY Bug Spray!
Shake the mixture to combine well.
Next it’s time to label your bottle with washi tape and spray away!
I store mine in this glass spray bottle in my medicine cabinet and have had no issues with consistency or anything. Simply give a shake every time you use and spray!
Bye Bye Buggies!

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  • Diane Diane on May 30, 2021

    Does it work with bees???

  • Louise Louise on May 31, 2021

    Recipe for this bug spray sounds great but nothing is mentioned about where you spray it. Is it in the the outside area around you? is it on your skin, if so, does it make your skin greasy or stain your clothes? Thanks

  • Cec Cec on Jun 06, 2022

    Where do we purchase Sweet Almond Oil? Is there a substitute nut oil that can be used instead?

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  • Susie Susie on May 31, 2020

    So I'm guessing that the Z mosquito will succumb with this spray?the ankle biters

  • Em Em on Jun 01, 2020

    So it is a lovely thought but the ingredients minus the spray bottle will cost about $50.

    • Pam Turley Lucido Pam Turley Lucido on May 31, 2021

      A 6oz can of Deep Woods Off spray is $12 and it lasts a week, at best. I hate breathing all those chemicals and having it on my skin. The initial cost of the oils for this recipe seems high but you get so much out of each bottle. You’re only using tiny drops from each for one bottle of repellent. Additionally, they can be used for so many other things. Anything from room sprays to natural spray cleaners. I’ve found the oils to be a far better value than buying cleaners and sprays. Something to think about.