natural bug repellent spray recipe

Get your natural bug repellent home spray recipe here. These essential oils can also be added to any lotion you already have, or to a lotion base that you make. This recipe is nice and easy to make, and you can spray it on yourself, your hair (mosquitoes like hair), or on the window screen, or just any where around yourself, like I do. Stop by the natural bug repellent plants article too, see which plants are perfect, even in a pot, by the front door to stop bugs from entering.

the natural bug repellent home spray recipe:

my Entomophobia (fear of insects) essential oil blend, concentrated:

  • 1 T citronella essential oil
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint
  • 3/4 tsp tea tree
  • 3/4 tsp eucalyptus
  • 3/4 tsp lemongrass
  • other:
  • a 1 oz dropper bottle (from a drug store)
  • label it

From this blend, you can:

  • make a spritzer or spray with a 10% essential oil blend and 90% water
  • add a few drops to your lotion and apply like usual
  • increase essential oil amount for high insect count

The costs, according to my binder, based on supplies bought about  years ago and bought in bulk:

  • for the 1 oz concentrated bottle of essential oils:
  • citronella     $0.35
  • peppermint     $0.21
  • tea tree     $0.24
  • eucalyptus     $0.17
  • lemongrass     $0.17
  • dropper bottle     $1.20
  • label     $0.25
  • TOTAL COST:      $2.59 – that’s really good!

So if you were to take that one ounce, pour it in an 8 – 10 ounce spritzer bottle (say $2.00 cost for that), that’s a cost of $3.39, and you could sell it for at least $8.00.

This beautiful plant below is a citronella, pretty enough to sit outside your door:


Here is a typical spritzer bottle that you’d get from a supplier, these were decent bottles that generally worked properly, unlike some pumps we had:

Here’s a great article on why some people attract mosquitoes more than others. Some of these you can change, some you can’t, like your blood type.

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