If you are planning a hike or camping out in the wilderness, it’s really necessary that you remember to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects. With being itchy and annoying, mosquito bites also have the potential to carry infectious and dangerous diseases. Luckily, there are many ways to create a 100% natural mosquito repellents that really works. By using natural oils and other natural ingredients like beeswax and lavender you can create an effective DIY mosquitoes repellent against these bothersome insects.
2 ounces (59.14 ml) distilled or boiled water
1 ounce (29.57 ml) vodka or witch hazel
50-75 drops of essential oils
Step 1: Choose an essential oil for your spray.
The strong odor in essential oils will prevent mosquitoes from biting you. There are a lot of different oils that you can depend on your scent preference. Some of the most popular essential oils that can be used to repel mosquitoes include peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, clove, sage, cinnamon, and thyme. Determine which scents you like the best and choose those as the basis for your essential oil repellent.
You can also mix a variety of essential oils together to create a unique scent.
Step 2: Fill a spray bottle with half of distilled water. If you don’t have distilled water, you can boil tap water instead. Use a measuring glass to measure exactly 2 oz (59.1471 ml) of water.
Wait for the water to cool if you are boiling it.
Step 3: Add one ounce of vodka.
Add an ounce of vodka. Once the vodka is in your bottle, put the top on and shake it up and down to mix both of the liquids together. The vodka acts as an emulsifier and helps bond the water and the oil together.
Step 4: Mix essential oil in a spray bottle
You can take any combination of your essential oils but make sure to drop at least 50-75 drops of the oil in total. Make sure that there is still enough room in the spray bottle to shake it once you’ve combined all the ingredients
Step 5: Shake the solution well and apply it to your skin
The oil in the mixture will separate with the other liquids, so it’s important that you give the bottle a good shake before every use to incorporate all of the ingredients.
You can store the repellent to be used later, but keep it out of direct sunlight.
Generally, the shelf life of essential oils is anywhere from 1-3 years.
Reapply the repellent once every two hours.
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