DIY Insect Repellent

Making your own insect repellent is a quick, efficient way to help keep the bugs at bay. I've made various blends over the years and find this one to be most effective. I always keep a bottle in my car, ready to go for any adventure!
As always, use precaution with essential oils and test on a patch of skin before use. Be aware essential oils may stain or leave residue on clothing. Note that eucalyptus is contraindicated in children, so omit if blending for kids under 10.


  1. Drop all essential oils into an 8 oz. spray bottle and add vodka or alcohol. Shake to combine.

  2. Add vegetable glycerin, which is not necessary but will help the ingredients stay combined.

  3. Add water or vinegar and shake again.

  4. Shake before each use.

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