As I type this, the birds are singing, the windows are open and it’s starting to feel like summer. I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready to hike, camp and get OUTSIDE with my family. Today at MOPS, we made this super easy DIY Bug Spray. I loved this project so much, that I couldn’t help but text our awesome “Creative Activities” person when I got home and ask her if I can share it here with you all. By the way, her name is Gena and she is a gem. I just love her. Actually, I’m pretty crazy about all the ladies in our group- that’s probably why I wrote this post a few weeks back, about the 10 Reasons I Love MOPS. Back to bugs. We all know the bug sprays found in most stores are full of NASTY chemicals. They scare me, to be honest. They are full of stuff I would rather not spray on myself and definitely not on my kids.
This recipe will keep the bugs away without all the added junk. Plus, it smells good and you know it’s not harming your family. Apply it as often as you like and feel free to use it on your kids as well, although don’t let them rub it in their eyes….or drink it (duh!).
- 1/8 cup distilled water
- 1/8 cup witch hazel
- 2-3 drops each of Citronella, On-Guard or Theives, and Peppermint. Optional: lavender.
- Using a funnel, measure the distilled water and witch hazel into your bottle. Add in a few drops of each essential oil. Shake well and use whenever you're trying to keep those pesky bugs away.
- This recipe fills one 2 oz bottle.
- These spray bottles can be bought on Amazon in a 12 pack for less than $1 each. They are perfect for this spray!