Make Your Own Natural Mosquito Repellent

Got Mosquitoes? Don’t Want to Use Chemicals? Make Your Own!

mosquitoOver the years, I have developed a sensitivity to commercial insect repellents. I guess it’s the DEET in them. I don’t know. Whatever it is, it seems to affect my breathing and I get nauseous.

So what do I do? I live in an area where there are lots of mosquitoes, pretty much about 8 months out of the year.  I don’t want to stay inside all the time.  I have a toddler granddaughter who loves playing outside. I don’t want to be putting chemicals on her either. I also don’t want either of us to be dinner for a bunch of nasty insects.

I have found some natural mosquito repellents that I can make at home. I haven’t tested all of these but I have tried most of them and they do seem to work.

I’ll give you the recipes from easiest, to most difficult.

Dryer Sheets

I talked about this in my post about dryer sheets. Slip a fabric softener sheet into your pocket or in your bra. Let some of it stick out so the mosquitoes can get a good whiff.

Vanilla Extract

You have to use real vanilla extract for this. Not the imitation. Rub a few drops into your pulse points such as your neck, wrists, behind your knees, etc. The added benefit to this one is you will smell really good!


This only works if you have a lavender plant available to you. If you do, take a few of the blossoms and rub them on your pulse points. Another good smelling solution.

Peppermint Oil

Put one part Peppermint oil to 5 parts vodka in a spray bottle and shake before using. Be careful when handling pure peppermint oil. It’s best to use gloves while you are making this stuff. And be sure to not spray this stuff in your eyes.

A little tip about peppermint oil. Rodents hate it too. So if you have a problem with mice, spray the areas where you think mice have been to keep them from coming back.

Clove Oil

Follow the same instructions as you did for the peppermint oil spray. Also be careful when handling the pure clove oil too.

Another hint: Clove oil is also great for relieving the pain of a toothache until you can get to a dentist.

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

You will need Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, Witch Hazel and a spray bottle. Mix one part lemon eucalyptus oil to ten parts witch hazel into a spray bottle. Shake up each time before you use it.

Garlic and Lemon

This one will make you smell like salad dressing. You need garlic cloves, lemon juice, mineral oil and a spray bottle. Chop up a couple of garlic cloves and put in a bowl. Cover with mineral oil and let it set for 24 hours. After 24 hours, take 1 teaspoon of the oil, without the chopped garlic cloves (use a strainer if you need to) and put in a spray bottle. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and a few cups of water. Shake before each use.

If you try any of these remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes, let me know how they work for you.


7 thoughts on “Make Your Own Natural Mosquito Repellent

  1. I think there are also a few plants that will keep bugs away, so it’s probably good to have those on hand.

  2. Very true. I mentioned the Lavender flower but I know Marigold, and Citronella are good and I’m sure there are lots more out there too.

  3. I grow lemon grass in my back garden, and whenever I head out there I tear up a leaf and rub it over my shirt. Works like a charm.

  4. I guess it depends on the local climate. Right now I live in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, and since lemon grass is native to the Philippines this is pretty much the perfect climate for it – hot and humid. I’m told it can grow in warm temperate regions, but I’m not sure what its limits are.

    p.s. It’s also great for adding a little citrus zing to tom yum soup 🙂

  5. I would put one teaspoon garlic powder – Not garlic salt in with my top raiman- Kept mosquitoes away for over 2 hours.

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