Post by Contributing Author, Lexie of Lexie Naturals
It’s that time of year again when we love to be outside–riding bikes, working in the garden, taking long summer walks, or swimming in our favorite water holes. But if there’s one thing that can ruin a fun summer outing, it’s those pesky bugs (especially mosquitoes)! So, when we leave the house with our hats, sunscreen, snacks and water, we also make sure to bring along some bug repellent spray.
Two years ago, I decided to stop using conventional bug spray due to all the toxins they contain. If you’re unfamiliar with the risks of using traditional bug repellent (especially those containing DEET), check out this helpful post from Stephanie at Keeper of the Home. I also enjoy making things instead of buying them, so I knew I was up for the challenge. And the challenge was this: how can I use natural ingredients to make a bug repellent that actually works without breaking the bank?
One of the great things about this recipe is that all of the ingredients can be used for a variety of natural DIY projects, so the money you’ll spend on them will be well worth it. Another thing to note is that this can be a tag team effort. Last year, I made this bug spray with a friend who had different essential oils than me. We combined our ingredients to make it a more frugal experience! The best part: the bug spray works!