Nothing can ruin a killer time in the outdoors like mosquito bites. But when you go to the grocery store, DEET is the common active ingredient in most repellants, which has been linked to potential nerve damage and health risks. Whether that’s true or not, I’d rather stay bitten-free with ingredients that I can find in the grocery aisle:
- 25 drops (1/2 tsp) lemon eucalyptus oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract – mexican or madagascar vanilla are best, or use imitation vanilla flavoring if the ingredients are vanillin, alcohol and/or water (makes the repellant last longer)
- 4 ounces alcohol-based witch hazel OR
- 2 ounces witch hazel and 2 ounces of soybean oil (which also better extends the repellent’s duration of effectiveness)
- Mini spray bottle
Mix the ingredients together in your small spray bottle and shake well just before applying. Apply to clothes and exposed skin, being careful not to spray in eyes.
Reapply after an hour (or when you stop smelling it), and right after swimming/exercise. When not being used, place the bottle away from direct sunlight/heat.
Let me know if you have any mosquito repellant recipes that also work for you!