DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray

This DIY essential oil mosquito repellent spray has a lovely aroma, is made with common household ingredients and essential oils,  and works well to repel the night time mosquitoes.

Summer is here. The days are longer and it’s so nice to sit outside in the evening, enjoying the last rays of the summer sun.  But with the long days and warm temperatures also come the mosquitoes and that is not so much fun. This effective DIY mosquito repellent spray uses essential oils-- includes FREE PRINTABLE for bottle labels and options for flea and tick spray too!!

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. They work well and cost just pennies.

It’s back to Nature time with this home made DIY essential oil Mosquito Repellent Spray.

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

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

For today’s project, I decided to use three essential oils scents to make my DIY essential oil mosquito repellent 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.  Nature's Truth Essential oils are perfect for my essential oil mosquito repellent spray.

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 mosquito.

  • Mosquitoes – lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, patchouli
  • Fleas – cedarwood, eucalyptus, tea tree,lavender, orange
  • Ticks – cedarwood, lavender, tea tree
  • Flies – lavender, patchouli, peppermint, eucalyptusEssential oils can be used in many formulas to create insect repellents. #StimulateTheSenses Ead

This  repellent spray is great for mosquitoes, but if you have more of a problem with fleas or ticks, then 20 drops of cedarwood oil would be a good addition to the mixture.

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

Home made DIY Mosquito Repellent:

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 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?This DIY essential oil mosquito repellent works wonders on bugs on the patio.Just spray the mixture directly on your exposed skin. For your hairline, just spray some in the palms of your hands and then rub them around your face and hairline.  Repeat 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.

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 a 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 have read about..
This free printable can be printed out on glossy photo paper and attached to your spray bottle with a glue stick to label the contents or punch a hole in the label with a hole punch, and hang it on the bottle with a piece of ribbon.

It is a good idea to label the bottle so that you, and others, will know what is in it.This DIY essential oil mosquito repellent works wonders on bugs on the patio.

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.  

There is a fairly large pond a few houses down my street, 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.

Pin this DIY 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.

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) experiment a bit with it.  One thing is for sure.

This mosquito repellent smells great, is easy to make, and works great too. What is not to like about that? Time to experiment now to make a mixture for the other pests in my yard!!

DIY essential oils mosquito repellent #StimulateTheSenses Ead

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  7 comments for “DIY Essential Oil 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! #client

  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.


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

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


    • 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

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