Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Homemade Bug Spray

This might be the best and easiest thing ever. For every 2 oz. of water, add 25 drops of peppermint essential oil and BAM! Homemade bug off!  It works great too - even here in hot, humid Alabama where mosquitoes are the state bird.

Peppermint oil isn't great for kids, but I spray this diluted spray lightly on their clothes and just a bit on their skin. Peppermint oil may not be good for them, but neither is West Nile Virus, right? Seriously, some websites say that the menthol in the peppermint makes kids stop breathing, but I think when playing outside, they'll probably be too busy to lay down and take a nap and inhale enough to fall into a coma. But, just in case, it's a good idea to rinse off once inside before a nap/bed and change clothes.

Update 5/3/14 - add Lemongrass and Lemon (and Citronella if you have it) to ward off gnats. Those buggers need some extra smells to stay away. 15 drops each.

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