DIY Mosquito Repellent

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Take the outdoors back this summer by protecting yourself from mosquitoes on your terms. If you’re tired of soaking yourself in DEET and other chemicals, there are some sweet-smelling alternatives to store-bought mosquito repellent. Read on to learn some recipes for DIY mosquito repellent.

Apply Oils

One perk of DIY mosquito repellent is that the options smell fantastic! Here are a few of the most popular, effective natural oils that mask the scents that attract mosquitoes.

  • Citronella
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Tea tree
  • Peppermint
  • Geranium
  • Vanilla
  • Witch hazel

How to Use Essential Oils

Mix one or more of these essential oils with water in a spray bottle. A popular combination is lemon juice, witch hazel, and eucalyptus oil, but the pairing possibilities are endless. Spritz yourself, concentrating on the backs of your knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders, and other areas you most frequently experience bites.

Other DIY Methods

If you’re feeling experimental, why not give one of these methods for deterring mosquitoes a try?

  • Dryer sheets: try wiping your exposed skin with dryer sheets to ward off hungry mosquitoes.
  • Coffee grounds: some people claim that the smell of coffee grounds deters mosquitoes. So try applying some to standing water and sprinkling it near an outdoor sitting area can help deter bugs.
  • Mouthwash: pour mouthwash into a spray bottle to mask your body’s delicious, mosquito-attracting scent.


Because the scent given off by certain plants helps drive mosquitoes away, these common flowers and herbs are an attractive method for anyone with a yard.

  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Citronella grass
  • Geraniums (scented)
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Rosemary

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