Simply put it in the kitchen, and all insects, including mosquitoes and flies, will go.

Creating your own insect repellent is a great way to stay bug-free using ingredients that are not only effective but also safe and readily available. Here’s an easy recipe to make your own:


  • Essential Oils: Options include citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, or lemongrass, all recognized for their insect-repelling abilities.
  • Witch Hazel or Rubbing Alcohol: This serves as the base of your repellent, enhancing its adherence to the skin.
  • Vegetable Glycerin: An optional addition, it can help moisturize the skin and increase the longevity of the repellent.
  • Water: Use either distilled or cooled boiled water to dilute the mixture.


  1. Mix Essential Oils: In a spray bottle, combine 30-50 drops of your selected essential oils. The quantity of oils will determine the strength of the repellent.
  2. Incorporate Witch Hazel or Alcohol: Fill about half of the bottle with either witch hazel or rubbing alcohol.
  3. Add Water: Top up the bottle with water, leaving a bit of space to facilitate shaking.
  4. Include Vegetable Glycerin (optional): If you’re using glycerin, add a teaspoon to the mix. This is especially helpful for those with dry skin.
  5. Shake Thoroughly: Put the lid on the bottle and shake it well to blend all the ingredients properly.
  6. Patch Test and Use: Test the repellent on a small skin area to check for allergies. When needed, spray it onto exposed skin or clothes. Reapply every few hours for the best effect.

Extra Tips:

  • Store your repellent in a cool, dark place to maintain its effectiveness.
  • Always give the bottle a good shake before use as the oils may separate from the water.
  • For additional defense, grow bug-repellent plants such as citronella, lavender, and marigolds near your kitchen or in window boxes.
  • Keep in mind that while natural repellents are safer than chemical ones, they might need more frequent application.

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