DIY Natural Bug Spray for a Bite-Free Summer

DIY Natural Bug Spray for a Bite-Free Summer

DIY Natural Bug Spray for a Bite-Free Summer

Summer is a time for outdoor fun, but pesky bugs can put a damper on your adventures. Fortunately, you can make your own natural bug spray at home using essential oils and other simple ingredients. This DIY bug spray is not only effective but also free from harsh chemicals, making it safe for you and the environment.

Here’s how to create your own natural bug spray for a bite-free summer.

Ingredients You'll Need:

  1. Witch Hazel: Acts as a natural preservative and helps disperse the essential oils.
  2. Distilled Water: Dilutes the solution.
  3. Essential Oils: Known for their insect-repelling properties. The most effective oils include:
    • Citronella Oil: Repels mosquitoes and flies.
    • Eucalyptus Oil: Effective against mosquitoes and other biting insects.
    • Lavender Oil: Has a pleasant scent and repels mosquitoes and flies.
    • Peppermint Oil: Repels mosquitoes, spiders, and ants.
    • Tea Tree Oil: Effective against mosquitoes and other insects.
    • Lemongrass Oil: Repels mosquitoes and other biting insects.


  1. Base Mixture:

    • ½ cup of witch hazel
    • ½ cup of distilled water
  2. Essential Oils:

    • 10 drops of citronella oil
    • 10 drops of eucalyptus oil
    • 10 drops of lavender oil
    • 5 drops of peppermint oil
    • 5 drops of tea tree oil
    • 5 drops of lemongrass oil
  3. Instructions:

    1. Combine the witch hazel and distilled water in a spray bottle.
    2. Add the essential oils to the mixture.
    3. Shake well to combine the ingredients.
    4. Before each use, shake the bottle to ensure the oils are evenly distributed.
    5. Spray onto exposed skin and clothing, avoiding the eyes and mouth.

Tips for Use:

  • Test the spray on a small patch of skin before widespread use to ensure there’s no allergic reaction.
  • Reapply every couple of hours or as needed, especially if you’ve been sweating or swimming.
  • Store the spray in a cool, dark place to maintain its effectiveness.

Why Use Natural Bug Spray?

Many commercial bug sprays contain DEET and other chemicals that can be harmful to your skin and the environment. Natural bug sprays made with essential oils are not only safer but also smell better and can offer additional benefits like soothing the skin and providing aromatherapy.

Additional Benefits of Essential Oils:

  • Citronella Oil: Often used in candles, it effectively masks scents that attract insects.
  • Eucalyptus Oil: Also has antiseptic properties, which can be beneficial if you have minor cuts or scrapes.
  • Lavender Oil: Known for its calming properties, it can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
  • Peppermint Oil: Provides a cooling sensation that can soothe itchy bug bites.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Has antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it useful for skin health.
  • Lemongrass Oil: Its fresh scent can also help uplift your mood.


Making your own natural bug spray is a simple and effective way to protect yourself from insects while enjoying the outdoors. By using essential oils and other natural ingredients, you can avoid harmful chemicals and keep your skin and the environment safe. Try this DIY recipe and enjoy a bite-free summer with peace of mind.


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