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How to Create the Perfect Bug Repellent

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Do you want bugs to stop loving your children? I do! Especially to my youngest daughter, who has eczema.

-So bugs, go away!-

Since most bug repellants have chemicals that flare eczema, I created my own concoction.  I used my chillax science knowledge to develop a mixture that would be gentle on the skin and good enough to repel bugs. In this post, I am sharing the recipe that has worked for us. It is not as potent as one with DEET, but it is strong enough to keep bugs away.


Doesn’t this little bottle look adorable? It is big enough for my recipe but small enough to carry anywhere we go. Win-Win!

Making your bug repellent, however, is a money investment. Buying essential oils can put a dip in your pocket, for sure. But they are SO worth it and can be used for many things! Join the oils wagon, this investment will last you for a long time!

For this bug-repellent recipe, you need four different essential oils. You can buy essential oils in different stores. These are some of my favorite brands.  Click on the images to buy them!


You will also need witch hazel and a dark-colored glass spray bottle.

Once you get all the materials, follow this recipe.

Easy, right? It is a staple at my house nowadays. Finally, I recommend not using this recipe in children younger than 2 years old. And as a precaution, always test on the skin before applying to a larger area.


Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose or prescribe medical advice. The information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Always consult your certified physician for any medical advice.

Reizelie is a parent and a Ph.D. mom trained in science education with a passion for all things STEM. She loves learning and teaching and on her spare time she helps families create home environments that foster learning. Reizelie is committed to a healthy lifestyle and shares ideas on education, cooking, urban homesteading, and fitness.

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