Many of us look forward to the summer and we can’t wait to get outdoors and have a great time with family and friends. The unfortunate thing is, summer also comes with mosquitoes and they can be a real problem. We go outside to have a fun time and before you know it, we are itching and covered with painful welts. They certainly do know how to ruin a good time but their days are numbered.
If you do any searching on the Internet, you will find many different methods of getting rid of mosquitoes. Some of them work to a limited extent but if you want a way that is simple and works very good, you just found it. In fact, it only takes a combination of three ingredients and before you know it, you will be saying goodbye to those pesky little mosquitoes.
It only takes a few minutes to throw this concoction together but it can protect you from mosquitoes for up to six hours. The best part is, you are using all-natural ingredients so you are not spraying harsh chemicals onto your skin.
The base of the repellent is lemon Eucalyptus oil. It smells fantastic to humans but to a mosquito, it smells horrible! You can then add the other two ingredients to make it work.
Gather the following:
– 30 drops of lemon ecalyptus oil
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 4 oz. witch hazel
Lemon eucalyptus works great at getting rid of bugs because it contains menthoglycol. Some studies have shown that it is a compound that works just as good as DEET at keeping the bugs away but it doesn’t have the side effects.
It is possible to use lemongrass oil or citronella instead but you will have to continue to reapply the spray every 30 minutes. You can find lemon eucalyptus oil at the vitamin store in your local area.
The vanilla extract is an optional item but it may help to improve the effectiveness of the spray. Not only that, it smells fantastic.
Witch hazel can also be substituted with vodka, cooking oil or rubbing alcohol. It is really just an ingredient that keeps the oil and water from separating and helps with blending.
STEP 1: Add all 3 ingredients into a container.
STEP 2: Stir well, so everything is mixed thoroughly. The color should resemble watered-down gravy. Yum.
STEP 3: Use tin foil (or an actual funnel if you have one) to funnel the mixture into any spray bottle. Spray all over before going outdoors for up to six hours of mosquito repellent.
If you are ready to get rid of bugs for the summer, toss the spray together and get started.