DIY Bug Spray 2

DSC_0042 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.  DSC_0665Back 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!).DSC_0678

DIY Bug Spray
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  1. 1/8 cup distilled water
  2. 1/8 cup witch hazel
  3. 2-3 drops each of Citronella, On-Guard or Theives, and Peppermint. Optional: lavender.
  1. 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.
  2. This recipe fills one 2 oz bottle.
  1. These spray bottles can be bought on Amazon in a 12 pack for less than $1 each. They are perfect for this spray!
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When you make your own bug spray, feel free to make some for the people you hike with or have a ladies night and make this with your friends! We used these bottles from Amazon. They are really nice and they come in a 12 pack, for less than $1 each! 

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

2 thoughts on “DIY Bug Spray

  • Jen

    Awesome! We do a variation of this with the Young Living Oils – it works so well! The oils are also great if you do end up with bug bites to stop the itching.

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