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Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe Spray

This natural homemade mosquito repellent works for mosquitos, flies, and other insects. Apply your DIY mosquito repellent with confidence.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2.2 ounces
Author Betsy Jabs


  • 2 Tbsps witch hazel
  • 2 Tbsps of one or a combination of the following: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, or neem oil (which contains natural insecticidal compounds) – (find all these oils here)
  • ½ tsp vodka (as a preservative if not already using)
  • 100-110 drops essential oils


  1. Add carrier liquids to a small spray bottle (3 or 4 oz. works well so there is room for shaking).

  2. Add essential oils and shake well before each use.
  3. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness.

Recipe Video


Sample Bug-Repelling Essential Oil Blend:

  • 55 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil (Reported by the CDC to be a good natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects but not recommended for use on children under 3 yrs.)[3]
  • add 15 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil (If using, choose Lavandula angustifolia – “Lavender (40-42) essential oil” does not have the same insecticidal qualities.)
  • 15 drops rosemary essential oil

This natural homemade mosquito repellent is great for mosquitos, flies, and other annoying warm season bugs. Tweak to your liking and apply with confidence.