Homemade Mosquito Repellents: 5 Recipes that prevent bites

Before using effective chemical products, you should konw that they're detrimental to you and your pet's health. So give these natural and easy-to-make repellents a try instead.
Homemade Mosquito Repellents: 5 Recipes that prevent bites

Last update: 16 October, 2018

Mosquitoes are annoying and can give anyone a bad day while being outdoors. There is no doubt that mosquito bites are irritating. The good news is that you can avoid getting bit. Tak a look at these recipes at these homemade mosquito repellent recipes.

Looking for natural, homemade mosquito repellents?

You can get effective store-bought repellents, but these are also full of chemicals that can affect you and your pet’s health. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have natural, homemade mosquito repellents as an option. Here are a few good ones:

1. Citronella

Citronella — featured in the picture above — is a plant that has an aroma that many insects hate. Therefore, if you smell like citronella, mosquitos will stay away from you. You can plant this in a pot and place it in your garden. As an alternative, you can get candles or incense and light them when you are outside.

Another option is to buy citronella oil and dilute it with almond oil. You can apply this directly on to your exposed skin.

2. Basil

This aromatic plant is frequently used in the Mediterranean cuisine. It also scares off mosquitoes and flies, due to its strong smell.

A bundle of basil on top of a picnic table

In order to create basil-infused homemade mosquito repellents, you just need two tablespoons of dried basil and half a liter of water. Combine them together in a saucepan and boil for 20 minutes. Then, let the mixture rest for four hours. Strain out the basil and put it inside a clean spray bottle. You can spray this on curtains, sheets, clothes, or on outdoor areas.

3. Eucalyptus Oil

This is another one of the best homemade mosquito repellents that’s good for avoiding mosquito bites. You can buy this oil at health food stores.

It can also be used as a decongestant. All you’ll need is a diffuser or a glass cup. Put 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in some water. For the full effect, place and light a floating candle in the glass. This will help to fully release the aroma.

Some people take this oil with them on camping trips or to national parks. They rub it on their skin to prevent mosquitos from coming close to them. You can even mix it with shampoo or in a cream that you use on a regular basis.

Other options similar to eucalyptus oil are neem, lemon, lavender, and almond.

4. Clove

This is another powerful homemade mosquito repellent that the entire family can use, especially kids. It’s non-toxic or harmful to your health. It’s also very easy to make. Put 30 cloves and two cups of water into a pot.

Cook for 20 minutes, remove from the heat and let it sit for 2 hours. Then filter and mix with your usual shampoo, conditioner, or body lotion. Apply before going outside and you’ll be mosquito free!

A pot full of cloves

5. Chamomile

Both chamomile and lavender are two incredible homemade mosquito repellents. In addition, they are beautiful, flowering plants, so you can have them on your balcony or patio as a decoration.

The aroma that chamomile gives off is very strong. It’s almost unbearable for insects like flies and mosquitoes. You can prepare an infusion with two tablespoons of flowers and half a liter of boiling water.

After letting the mixture sit for six hours, strain and place in a clean spray bottle. You can spray this throughout the room, on doors, windows, or your clothes. This will prevent any of these annoying summer visitors from coming inside your home!

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.