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DIY: All-Natural Mosquito Spray That Actually Works

Good Morning Loves!

There’s nothing like the start of a new day…Wake-up Early before the Dawn, Brew my favorite cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, Read my Bible, and Make my way to Work… All three-hundred and fifty feet of it ha-ha.

The trip from home to work is usually pretty enjoyable, but here lately I’ve caught myself smacking mosquitoes off my body more than I have noticed the beauty of each day. That’s why I was so excited to run across this lovely find! Dirtbag Darling revealed an All-Natural DIY Bug Spray That Actually Works!

At first glance I was skeptical, thinking “Come on, where did they try this stuff out at?? Surely not the Texas Gulf Coast, where Mosquitoes are in full-force and a remedy is hard to come by.”

Just last week I walked into a cloud of mosquitoes so thick I Could Not Breath! Not to mention this rain we’ve been getting…Can you say a million-ba-jillion skeetos?? And I hate dousing myself in all this DEET mess.

Dirtbag Darling had me at “a bug spray without the potential side effects.”

We don’t want No Side-Effects! Myra is a huge advocate of Choosing Organic or Going All-Natural, she always has been. And as the hippie-fied daughter of this wonderful woman I thought Why Not? Let’s Try It!

Materials:

  • Small Spray Bottle
  • Essential Oils  (I used: Eucalyptus and Grapefruit)
  • Natural Witch Hazel
  • Distilled Water (Boil if using Tap Water)
  •  Apple Cider Vinegar

All of the materials I listed above can be found at your local grocery or health food market (got my materials at Bay City Health Food Cottage).

Because I didn’t have any Distilled Water on hand, I started by boiling tap water and letting it cool to room temperature.

Dirtbag Darling’s recipe suggested to fill the Spray Bottle half-full with Distilled Water, and fill the rest of the way with Witch Hazel, leaving room for 20-30 drops of Essential Oils. Shake that bad boy up, and store in a cool dark place (namely a refrigerator).

I tried this recipe first … and to tell you the truth I was not too pleased …

It took three Heavy Coats of Spray to repel those pesky little blood suckers in a way that I was moderately satisfied with. Before I gave up all hope on this lovely little find, I decided to try Dirtbag Darling’s Super Power Formula by adding Apple Cider Vinegar to the Mix.

I went one-thirds on the Water/Witch Hazel/Vinegar Mix, added 30-40 drops of Essential Oils and BAM! This Super Power Mix blew those mosquitoes out of the park! I can honestly say this stuff works better than DEET containing products and it smells De-Lish! The Apple Cider Vinegar smell went away within minutes. I’m always looking for on-the-job beauty products and I can tell you I’m adding this one to the bag…Smell Good All-Natural Bug Spray 🙂

Tune in Weekdays for updates, reviews, projects, and remedies!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

10 Comments

  1. LOVE this!! Gonna have to make some of this!!

  2. Absolutely love ur blog love! Keep it comin!!

  3. So awesome witch hazel and eucalyptus are miracle workers 🙂

  4. Gonna make some of this Coleton is real allergic to insect bites! Needed this!

  5. Love the write up on this and tip is wonderful too! My sweet Siera…. xoxo

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