Such a fun day! My girls and I had the opportunity to share our recipe for homemade bug spray with a journalist at a local CBS affiliate. The girls enjoyed the experience and I loved the opportunity to switch things up from my normal every day life as a stay at home mom. The only thing I am currently kicking myself about is that I didn’t get any pictures (okay that and my shaky hand when pouring ingredients. Ugh nerves!).
Did you know that you can keep your children free of bug bites without spraying those conventional bug sprays filled with nasty chemicals like DEET? Essential oils such as peppermint, clove, citronella, lemongrass, lavender and tea tree oil are natural bug repellants. Amazing! I’m in love with this bug spray. The beauty of this bug spray is you can tailor it to a smell you like. We use peppermint, clove and lavender. Plus, no toxic chemicals mean your children can help you make it.
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4 ounce spritz bottle
1/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup witch hazel (located in grocery store or pharmacy near hydrogen peroxide)
15-25 drops essential oils (combination of any of the following: lavender, clove, spearmint, tea tree oil, peppermint, citronella, lemongrass )
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BUG SPRAY
Using a funnel pour 1/4 cup of distilled water and 1/4 cup witch hazel into a spritz bottle.
Add 15-25 drops of the essential oils. I like a combination of peppermint, lavender and clove. Choose whatever you enjoy! If you are looking for tick repellent make sure to use tea tree oil.