Make this DIY Kid-Friendly Bug Spray at home with our quick and easy recipe!
Is your favorite part of summer spending those lazy evenings out in the yard, watching the kids play and talking to friends or family? Mine too! Avoid making other “friends” while you’re enjoying your summer nights…bugs!
Conventional bug sprays are filled with yucky chemicals that we don’t in our kids’ growing bodies (or our own bodies, for that matter!). They not only absorb through the skin, but it’s hard to avoid inhaling them while applying the sprays. We certainly don’t want to do nothing and get bitten…so what’s a mom to do? Make her own, of course!
There are lots of different recipes for making your own bug spray because they are so easy to customize to the bugs you want to avoid. Different bugs dislike different scents, so add what you need in order to avoid those bites! Here are a few essential oils that are good to keep these bugs away:
Mosquitoes—lavender, eucalyptus, citronella
Flies—lavender, peppermint, rosemary
Ticks—lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus
Some essential oils aren’t safe for kids, so I’ve only included oils in this spray that are safe for everyone…lavender and lemon. Both are fresh scents, safe for kids and good for keeping away mosquitoes and ticks! And if you want to add some plants to your yard to help repel mosquitoes, click HERE!
DIY Kid-Friendly Bug Spray
- Spray Bottle
- Label (you can print your FREE copy here)
- 1 oz witch hazel
- 1 oz distilled water
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and shake well to combine.
- Shake well before each use.
- I put my Bug Spray in a 2 oz travel size spray bottle. They are inexpensive and small enough to carry in a purse or diaper bag!
Now that you’re protected from the bugs check out these fun (and FREE) outdoor activities: