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Make mosquito spray yourself: the best recipes and home remedies

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You’ll need spray bottles, essential oils, and carrier oils or base oils to make your own mosquito sprays. The oils are available at aromatherapy and beauty stores, as well as online.

It is summer. The nights are mild. And you’d like to hang out in the camping chairs in front of your motorhome until late in the evening or just relaxing in the backyard – if it weren’t for those annoying pests! Before you resort to toxic chemicals or cause a bloodbath with a fly swatter, you can simply make your own mosquito spray or repellent. We’ll show you how to do it: quickly, easily and in organic quality.

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The following three recipes use mostly natural ingredients. Your self-made anti-mosquito spray is therefore “organic” and significantly more environmentally friendly than the usual chemical club. The home remedies against mosquitoes use proven ingredients such as essential oils, lemongrass or citronella oil, the scent of which drives away the annoying pests. You can usually get these ingredients in well-stocked supermarkets, pharmacies or in your trusted organic shop.

You can make the self-made insect repellent yourself in just a few simple steps and with little effort. Once done, it is best to fill it into an empty spray bottle if you still have a copy somewhere. Alternatively, you can buy such recyclable vials from retailers. It is best to store the bug spray in the refrigerator or in the camping refrigerator when you are out and about.

DIY mosquito spray: instant essential oil recipe

This quickly made mosquito spray uses alcohol. Therefore, it is less suitable for toddlers.

Ingredients required

  • Clear alcohol (at least 40%)
  • Distilled water (alternatively: boiled water)
  • Essential oils (of your choice: citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, peppermint)
  • Optional: lavender oil, argan oil

Manual

Put 4 tablespoons of clear alcohol from the pharmacy with 7-10 drops of essential oils in a 100 ml spray bottle and fill it up with distilled or boiled water. Mix. Finished. The home-made mosquito spray has a long shelf life thanks to the alcohol. But you should shake it briefly before each use so that the ingredients do not separate from each other.

You can apply the DIY mosquito spray directly to the skin, it has a pleasantly cooling effect. If you add a little more lavender oil, it can also soothe irritated areas wonderfully. For dry skin, you can add a little argan oil or another oil with nourishing properties.

Caution applies to pregnant women and small children under 6 years of age. They should avoid essential oils and high percentage alcohol as much as possible. With older children, you can freely adjust the mixing ratio and simply use a little less of the substances mentioned. However, this also weakens the effectiveness somewhat.

With lemon and baking powder against annoying pests

This mosquito spray with lemon oil not only protects, but also smells so good that you almost want to apply it as a perfume.

Ingredients required

  • Lemon
  • Lemon oil
  • Baking soda

For this easy do-it-yourself mosquito spray recipe, first squeeze the juice of one lemon and add it to a spray bottle along with 4-5 drops of lemon oil and a packet of baking powder. This is also refilled with water and then kept in the refrigerator for about 3 days.

Since lemon makes the skin sensitive to light and can cause sunburn more quickly, you should keep this homemade mosquito spray for the evening hours. But then it smells all the more beautiful and lets images of Mediterranean lemon plantations and pink sunsets rise up in front of the inner eye.

Homemade mosquito spray made from fresh herbs

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Do you happen to have a camping stove at hand? Then try this simple recipe for making mosquito repellent yourself.

Ingredients required

  • Fresh or dried herbs (your choice: peppermint, citronella, lemongrass, cat grass, mint, lavender, cloves)
  • Witch hazel water

Manual

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil first, then add 3-4 teaspoons of any herb mixture of your choice. Let these simmer for 2 minutes in a closed pot and then cool down to hand heat.

Now you just have to pour the brew through a sieve into half a cup of witch hazel water from the pharmacy and fill the whole thing into a spray bottle. This DIY mosquito spray, which you can safely store in the refrigerator for several weeks, is also ready. An additional bonus: witch hazel water has skin-caring properties. You can also use it to treat sunburns and insect bites.

How effective is homemade anti-mosquito spray?

The recipes presented here are often used for camping trips in Central European latitudes. In our experience, however, they are not as effective as regular mosquito repellants. In addition, the homemade anti-mosquito repellent usually goes by faster, so you have to reapply it more often. These home remedies do not provide effective protection against ticks. You should therefore always search yourself carefully after spending a long time outdoors.

In other countries, for example in the Scandinavian countries that are very popular with campers (e.g. Sweden, Norway) or Scotland, the mosquitoes are sometimes even more persistent. In these places you will quickly reach your limits with homemade mosquito spray (but also with conventional spray from the supermarket). Here only heavy artillery can help, such as the very effective mosquito repellants based on the active ingredient DEET, which is also recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for trips to tropical areas with malaria or dengue fever (e.g. Antibrumm DEET, Care plus DEET).

Successfully drive away mosquitoes with just one ingredient

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You used to set off the fire alarm one time or the other in chemistry class and still confuse the mixing ratio with every cocktail today? Or are you just not in the mood to get a lot of ingredients? No problem – we have several suitable alternative solutions to conventional mosquito spray.

The DIY mosquito spray for the lazy: Citronella oil

Ingredients

  • Citronella oil

Manual

Just grab some citronella oil and it’s ready: your homemade mosquito spray. Okay, maybe the spray is a bit of an exaggeration. You should only distribute the highly concentrated essential oil in the form of a few drops on your clothing or let it evaporate in a fragrance lamp. While the pure oil keeps the annoying vermin away for about 1-1.5 hours, the steam is even more intense and at the same time avoids unsightly stains on your favorite expensive blouse.

If you don’t have any citronella oil on hand, other essential oils such as eucalyptus, lemon balm, bergamot, walnut, spice laurel, cedarwood, tea tree, lavender, sage, cinnamon, anise or sandalwood will do the same. However, the duration and strength of the effect can vary. All oils have only one thing in common: when applied undiluted to the skin, each and every one of them can lead to unsightly allergic reactions.

Make your own fragrant pelargonium oil to repel mosquitoes

Ingredients

  • Fragrant pelargonium
  • Cooking oil

Manual

This is another oil we produced ourselves. If you know what a scented pelargonium looks like and where to get it from, that shouldn’t be a problem either. Because all you need for this homemade mosquito repellent are the lemon-smelling leaves of that plant and plenty of cooking oil.

First you cut the leaves into strips and put them in a screw jar until it is 2/3 full. Then you pour in rapeseed or sunflower oil, depending on your choice, until the leaves are completely covered, close the glass and shake it like a martini for dear Mr. Bond. You let the mixture steep for at least 7 days to a maximum of 3 weeks and shake it vigorously every now and then to prevent mold formation. Now just pour through a cloth and your self-made mosquito repellent oil is ready.

Other alternatives to homemade mosquito spray

As already mentioned, the fragrant steam of essential oil has a particularly intense effect in warding off annoying pests. Alternatively, you can also smoke a few sage leaves or other herbs or bring freshly ground coffee to a flame on a fireproof surface.

If your neighbors on the campsite are not enthusiastic about your fire games, crops such as tomatoes, mint, rosemary, basil and lemon balm develop some of their effectiveness in living form. Simply place it on the terrace, the window sill or the camping table and you will also enjoy the humid summer evenings without mosquitos. If you’re already in the Christmas mood, a bowl of cinnamon oil will do the same.

Proven home remedies for mosquito bites

And then it happened! A small red point that begins to itch in no time at all. Now it is important to act quickly: If there is no cold water available, you can cool the mosquito bite with a little conventional saliva and even disinfect it. In other words: the good old spit will do it too!

If that is going a little too far for you as homo sapiens of the 21st century, there are also some home remedies here that can help.

  • The acidity of half an onion or lemon has a cooling, disinfecting and soothing effect, while apple cider vinegar relieves itching.
  • If you prefer it sweet, mix some honey with baking soda or St. John’s wort oil to achieve the same effect.
  • Quark, on the other hand, has an anti-inflammatory effect. A heated spoon or some hot water at over 45 degrees destroy the protein proteins in the poison and thus neutralize the toxic reaction.

So that it doesn’t get that far in the first place, it is best to always have enough homemade mosquito repellent on hand. Hopefully there will be something in our selection of DIY mosquito sprays that will also spoil the appetite of your very own nemesis.

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Michelle Halterman
USA, China, South Africa and now Munich - Michelle has come a long way in the world. She is an outdoor person and loves to be in nature with friends and on her mountain bike. Or she meets up with friends for pasta, vino, cappaccino & Co.
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