Homemade Mosquito Repellent – Essential Oil DIY Mosquito Repellent Spray

Preparing a homemade mosquito repellent with a lovely aroma and natural ingredients is easy with this tutorial. This DIY essential oil mosquito repellent spray is made with a few common household ingredients, and works well to keep the mosquitoes away.
Homemade essential oils mosquito repellent spray in a blue bottleSummer is here. The days are longer and it’s so nice to sit outside in the garden, later in the evening, enjoying the last rays of the summer sun. But with the long days and warm temperatures also come mosquitoes, and that is not so much fun.Mosquito

Many products can be made at home with natural ingredients for the fraction of the cost of retail products. My DIY disinfectant wipes are a great example of this concept. They work really well and cost just pennies to make.

Mosquitoes aren’t the only insect pest that plagues us in the summer months. Flies are a real problem too. See how I used the original Pine-Sol to make a homemade fly repellent here.

Why Use Essential Oils?

I have long been a fan of essential oils. They can be used in so many creative ways in and around the home.Bottle of essential oils, with soap and herbs

I have seen them used in candles, air fresheners, as toilet roll fresheners, in ant killer remedies, for aromatherapy uses, in natural squirrel repellents, and for many natural home remedies.

In addition to essential oils having mosquito repelling properties, Mother Nature can be a big help too. See my list of mosquito repelling plants here.

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Making a Homemade Mosquito Repellent with Essential Oils

For today’s project, I decided to use three essential oils scents to make my homemade mosquito spray – peppermint, eucalyptus and lemon oil.

Ticks and fleas are not so problematic at my home, so I chose the oils that are known to repel mosquitoes, rather than other insects. Essential oils for mosquitoes and blue hydrangea flowers

Essential Oils for Bugs

Not all combination of essential oils work uniformly for each variety of insect. My research has shown me that the following essential oils work as repellents for these four types of common household insect pests.

Some overlap and some are unique to one particular pest.

  • Mosquitoes – Lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, and patchouli essential oils help to repel mosquitoes.
  • Fleas – Cedarwood, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, and orange essential oils are the ones to use to keep away fleas.
  • Ticks – Cedarwood, lavender, and tea tree essential oils help to deter ticks.
  • Flies – Lavender, patchouli, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils are recommended for flies.
    Essential oils for a homemade bug repellent

Adapting the Formula for an Essential Oil Tick Spray

Are ticks or fleas more of a problem for you than mosquitoes? The peppermint mosquito repellent featured below can be changed if you have more of a problem with these bugs and want to keep them away.

To make the formula more suitable for ticks and fleas, just add 20 drops of cedarwood oil to the mixture.

Ingredients for the mosquito repellent homemade spray

Let’s Make an Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray!



To make this spray, you will need the following ingredients:

Dilute the oils first!

Since essential oils don’t mix well with water, start by adding them to the rubbing alcohol (apple cider vinegar, witch hazel or vodka can also be used.)

Place the rubbing alcohol in a small cup and then measure in the essential oils. Don’t skip this step, or your oils will just float on the top of the water when you add them to it.Add the essential oils to rubbing alcoholOnce you have combined the oils and rubbing alcohol, add them to your spray bottle, pour in the water and witch hazel. I made a triple batch so I used a large bottle.

This recipe makes about 6 ounces of the DIY mosquito spray.Add Witch Hazel and water to the mixture.All that is left to do is shake the mixture a bit. What could be easier than that?mosquito repellent DIY formula in a spray bottle with yellow flower

Using the Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Note: Care should be taken when using any homemade products. Be sure to keep this repellent away from children and pets. Take care not to ingest it or get it in your eyes.

To use the essential oil bug spray, mist the mixture directly on your exposed skin.

For your facial area, just spray some into the palms of your hands and then rub them on your face and hairline. Repeat this every few hours.

Never use the essential oils neat (directly from the bottle) on the skin. They must be combined with a clarifying agent first. Concentrated essential oils can cause skin irritation.

I love the smell of this mosquito repellent. It is quite light. With essential oils, the more drops you use, the more aroma the finished product will have.

You can experiment a bit to see if more or less of each oil gives you the scent that you like better.
This DIY essential oil mosquito repellent works wonders on bugs on the patio.One of the nice things about this repellent is that the peppermint has a soothing and cooling scent, and that makes it great to use on humid and hot summer days.

This mosquito repellent can be made for just pennies for each bottle.

For a bit of a change, you can try some other essential oils that are known to repel mosquitoes – lavender and Patchouli are two that I recommend.Essential oils mosquito repellent label
This free label can be printed out on glossy photo paper and attached to your spray bottle with a glue stick. It will label the contents of the bottle so it won’t be used for the wrong purposes.

You can print out the label using the print function in the project card at the bottom of this post.

You can also punch a hole in the label with a hole punch, and hang it on the bottle with a piece of ribbon.

It is always a good idea to label any bottle of this type, so that you, (and others,) will know what is in it.Bottles of DIY essential oil mosquito repellent sprays with glue sticks and label

I would love to know how this formula works for you. My home is surrounded by a lot of trees from my neighbor’s yard, but open in my yard, and around my patio. The formula worked great in this environment.

There is a fairly large pond a few houses away, so our area was a pretty good test of this essential oil mosquito repellent spray. It would be nice to know how it works for more wooded areas.

This DIY essential oil mosquito repellent works wonders on bugs on the patio.

Since this essential oil mosquito repellent spray is so inexpensive to make (and the oils can be used in so many other ways) you can use it often without breaking the bank.

One thing is for sure – This mosquito repellent smells great, is easy to make, and works well to deter mosquitoes, too. What is not to like about that?

Now it’s time to experiment to make a mixture for the other pests in my yard!!

DIY essential oils mosquito repellent

Pin This DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent for later.

Would you like a reminder of this homemade mosquito repellent? Just pin this image to one of your DIY boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.Homemade mosquito repellent and succulent planters

Admin note: This post for my homemade mosquito repellent first appeared on the blog in June of 2016. I have updated the post to add new images, a printable project card and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 6 ounces of mosquito repellent

Homemade Mosquito Repellent - Essential Oil DIY Mosquito Repellent Spray

DIY essential oils mosquito repellent

This homemade mosquito repellent makes uses of common household ingredients and several essential oils, for a natural mosquito spray that also smells lovely.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • 10 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 1 tsp of Rubbing alcohol (at least 91%)
  • 3 oz of witch hazel
  • 3 oz of water

Tools

  • 1 small spray bottle that will deliver a fine mist.
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Glue stick and label
  • Printer glossy photo paper

Instructions

    1. Place the rubbing alcohol in a small cup and then measure in the essential oils.
    2. Once you have combined the essential oils and rubbing alcohol, add them to your spray bottle,
    3. Pour in the water and witch hazel. 
    4. Shake the mixture well.
    5. Spray the mixture on your exposed skin.
    6. To use on the face, spray to your palms and then apply to the hairline and face.
    7. Use the print function of this card to print the label for your spray bottle on glossy photo paper, to label the contents.https://thegardeningcook.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/essential-oils-label-300.png

Notes

For a more pronounced aroma, just add a few more drops of the oil you like the most.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission from the sale, but the price is the same for you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  13 comments for “Homemade Mosquito Repellent – Essential Oil DIY Mosquito Repellent Spray

  1. 07/12/2016 at 11:20 am

    I love this idea! I don’t particularly enjoy traditional mosquito spray due to the smell, but I love the idea of creating my own smell…especially with peppermint in there. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Shena Omotola
    06/04/2017 at 12:43 pm

    What do you suggest for the water in rain barrels?

    • Carol
      06/05/2017 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Shena. This is a real problem since mosquitoes are attracted to standing water. Some tips are:

      1. Keep the rain barrel lid sealed to help keep bugs out.

      2. Keep organic matter out of the barrel.

      3. Regularly inspect the barrel for leaks and cracks.

      4. Drain and clean the barrel at least once a year.

      5. Add mosquito fish to the barrel

      6. Consider using a larvicide product that will kill mosqwuitoes but not harm plants.

      Carol

  3. Laura Heydenburg
    08/18/2017 at 9:48 am

    How long after you mix does the spray maintain its effectiveness?

    Thanks

    • Carol
      08/19/2017 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Laura. I used mine up over a few months and it worked fine. If it loses its effectiveness, you can just add more essential oils. Carol

  4. Linda Black
    06/15/2018 at 10:04 am

    Can these sprays be used directly on pets especially for fleas and ticks?

    • Carol
      06/15/2018 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Linda. I wouldn’t take the chance. Some essential oils can be toxic to pets. This is designed as a human pet spray and I used it on myself with no ill effects but have not tried it on pets and wouldn’t do so. Carol

  5. 07/29/2020 at 1:10 pm

    Amazing blog and really such a great effort to put on this blog.
    I really appreciate your work.

  6. Cindy McKean
    08/01/2020 at 2:56 pm

    Hi, will this still be as effective if I break it down into individual spray bottles? Thanks 🙂

    • Carol Speake
      08/02/2020 at 12:53 pm

      I have not tried this, but the issue would be that the solution may not be in each bottle equally.

      • Cindy McKean
        08/08/2020 at 1:12 pm

        Oh yeah, I didn’t think of that. Thank you!!

  7. Rachel G. Halsey
    09/06/2020 at 4:28 am

    HI Carole, I have all of the ingredients, except for the Witch Hazel. I am making the spray to use outside of my front door, because I see mosquitos hovering there, and I have gotten some nasty bites on my ankles, just from going out to get the mail!

    I like your blog, and I’m looking forward to reading your other articles.

    Sincerely,
    Rachel

    • Carol Speake
      09/06/2020 at 10:43 am

      I’m glad you enjoy the blog Rachel.

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