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Bug Off: 5 Natural Insect Repellents to Make at Home


Summer is finally here, but so are all of the pesky insects that arrive along with it. Trying to avoid bites, and then treating the ones that inevitably happen, can add stress and irritation to any outdoor activity or camping trip.

While commercial repellents can be quite effective, they’re often full of harmful chemicals. The good news is that there are natural alternatives that can be easily made at home with essential oils and other organic ingredients. They’ll smell far better and work just as well as the store-bought options. Check out these five recipes to keep bugs away the natural way!

1. Tea Tree & Geranium

Not only do they possess antimicrobial, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree and geranium oil are both beneficial for keeping insects at bay. ScratchyMommy.com recommends combining the following ingredients in a three-ounce spray bottle and then filling it with distilled water:

  • 30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Vegetable Glycerine

The source also suggests adding neem oil and vanilla extract for added effectiveness, but these are optional ingredients.

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