Natural Mosquito Repellent Mason Jar With Essential Oils

Our Crafty Mom
by Our Crafty Mom
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10 Minutes

Looking forward to summer BBQ and cook-out season, but dreading the pesky mosquitos? There’s nothing relaxing about constantly swatting bugs away, while trying to have a conversation. This mosquito repellent mason jar hack is just what you need. It uses essential oils as a natural repellent and is so easy to make!

Here is what you need to make your own:


  • Mason Jar
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Basil, rosemary and/or tree clippings
  • Tea Candle
  • Simply Earth Essential Oils – use my code CRAFTYFREE to receive a $40 coupon in your initial box!
  • Step 1 – Add sliced lemons and limes to a mason jar. You can also use oranges, tangerines and grapefruits, as all were found to be effective at repelling mosquitoes. 
  • Step 2 – Add sprigs of rosemary, basil or tree clippings.
  • Step 3 – Fill with water.
  • Step 4 – Add about 10-15 drops of essential oils. I chose grapefruit and lemon eucalyptus, which is the active ingredient recommended by the CDC as a natural bug repellent.  

Step 5 – Finally, add a tea light candle or a floating candle to the top and you are done! You can find these at the Dollar Store, so this is really an inexpensive diy project and it really works! Let me know if you have tried a natural bug repellent. For more inexpensive diy projects stop by my blog

Read this guide on how to make citronella candles for another mosquito repellant project!

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  • Aletta Dickerson Aletta Dickerson on Jun 14, 2021

    will lemon juice on ur skin repell mosquitos bc they just love my daughter and I amd we live next to q resivior and even the mosquitos repellent u buy doesn't always work

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  • Mikayla Mikayla on Jun 06, 2019

    If you ever go to remote areas away from candle access/etc.. straight lemongrass works wonders!🤪 — thank you so much for this idea around the yard!

  • [re]FɄB19 [re]FɄB19 on Jun 06, 2019

    Thank you so much for this!! Mosquitos seem to beleive I am an open buffet!!