Monday, May 27

Homemade Natural Bug Spray

*This was originally posted on Gypsy Road in June 2017*

The more I educate myself about DEET and other chemicals, the more I’m convinced I have to be proactive about finding better alternatives.   Going without isn't an option as mosquitoes and ticks seem to be out 24/7 in the summer...and being outside is a big part of summer on the homestead!

Instead of getting desperate and spraying on commercial bug sprays (that may contain some nasty chemicals), let's consider a better alternative... a natural bug repellent that smells wonderful, is effective, and takes only minutes to whip up!

Homemade Insect Repellent

  • 1 32 ounce bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP each of dried Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Mint
  • Quart size (or larger) glass jar with airtight lid
  1. Put the vinegar and dried herbs into large glass jar.
  2. Seal tightly and store on counter or place you will see it daily. Shake well each day for 2-3 weeks.
  3. After 2-3 weeks, strain the herbs out and store in spray bottles or tincture bottles, preferably in fridge.
  4. To use on skin, dilute to half with water in a spray bottle and use as needed.
  5. Use whenever you need serious bug control!
  6. Fair warning: this stuff stinks when it is wet, though the smell disappears as it dries!

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