This low-cost, all natural DIY insect repellent is easy to make and will let you linger outdoors for longer without getting swarmed. That way you can make the most of summer evenings without worrying about bug bites. 

Here's how to make it:


  • essential oils of scents bugs hate (we like tea tree oil, rosemary oil, and citronella oil. Other great options are clove oil, lavender oil, and cinnamon oil.)
  • eyedropper
  • spray bottle
  • warm water
  • witch hazel (you can swap out with rubbing alcohol if you don’t have any witch hazel on hand)

Mix your ingredients in the spray bottle. Use the eyedropper to add up to 50 drops of your essential oils. You can use more drops if you like your scent to be a little stronger. 

Spray liberally before heading outdoors and use as needed. If you have some leftover, you can store it in the fridge. 

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