DIY Bug Spray – Does it work?

DIY bug spray - Does it work?

I am always looking for natural DIY products to try. With a little one in the house, another on the way, and having dealt with asthma my whole life, I hate the idea of having a house full of chemicals. Summer is also right around the corner and here in the south we are already feeling it. That means hot humid weather, afternoon rain showers, and LOTS of bugs! So, I took to Pinterest, looked up some natural bug spray recipes, found this one here by One Essential Community, and I decided to give a try.

I ordered some Lemongrass and Citronella from my favorite company, Rocky Maintain Oils. Then picked up this 4 oz glass bottle (aff link) and this witch hazel (aff link) from Amazon. I already keep distilled water on hand for my DIY Surface Cleaner, so I didn’t have to run out to pick that up, but you can easily find it at any grocery store down the bottled water aisle.

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So how easy is it to make this bug spray?

Add 2 oz of witch hazel and 2 oz of distilled water into the glass bottle. You may need a funnel or measuring cup with a spout to make this easier. Then add in 15 Drops of citronella essential oil and 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil. Put the nozzle on the bottle and shake to mix. You will need to shake to remix each time before you spray, because as we know oil and water do not mix. 🙂

That’s it. Super simple to make, but I am sure you want to know now…

How well does it work?

All I can say is I LOVE it! The smell is amazing to me, but then again I love the smell of citronella and lemongrass. The feel of it is great as well. Actually I don’t even feel as if I put anything on. It dries quickly and leaves no sticky or greasy feeling to your skin. Now does it keep the bugs away? In my opinion, YES IT DOES! We have been outside several times and not once have I came in to find a bug bite on Nugget or myself, nor has either of us complained while outside that the bugs where bothering us.

This is a recipe I will try again and again, and would recommend you give it a try as well. You can also try out some of the other essential oil mixes used by One Essential Community in her bug spray by visiting the link to the recipe here. I just used these two oils, in these amounts, because I was using this on Nugget who is only 4 years old.

Have you tried a DIY bug spray in the past? If so, share a comment below to let us know how well it worked for you. If not, give this one a try and let us know what you think of it.