Summer is a whole lot more fun when you aren’t covered in mosquito bites–or a fine layer of deet! Regardless of if there is any REAL danger of using bug sprays with deet, I would rather not put all of those nasty chemicals on mine or my kids’ bodies! Deet is known to cause extremely severe skin reactions, and both myself and my kids have incredibly sensitive skin as it is. I scoured the internet for a better solution, and I found one: essential oils! These DIY deet free insect repellents are my favorite, and because they all use essential oils, they smell incredible while fighting insects!
Don’t Waste The Crumbs has a great recipe for any kind of bug. Visit her website for a comprehensive list of which essential oils are most effective against certain insects. Plus, she has the best recipe out there for a DIY bug repellent!
Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, and Citronella work together to create this bug-fighting bomb courtesy of Designer Trapped. She recommends using Young Living essential oils, but any kind will do!
Dealing with pests on your body AND in your home? This deet free spray from The Nutter Tree is great to use both indoors and out! Thyme is known for it’s bug repelling properties, so add a couple of extra drops to this recipe if the problem continues!
Rays of Bliss has a great tutorial for a homemade bug spray (using essential oils, of course!). Not only does she provide us with the DIY recipe, but she also includes the download for the free printable to deck out your spray bottle. Products are better in cute packaging. Am I right?
Tell those pesky critters to “bug off!” with this recipe from Garden Therapy. Combine Witch Hazel, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus together to create a bug-fighting powerhouse. Add lavender too for a skin-soothing effect!