Summer is here and with it comes the joy of sitting outside in the evening dusk, doggo by your side, sipping some wine and loving life. Only one thing can bug you on a night like this… Mosquitoes. Yup, if you’re like me mosquitoes love you. Every stinking bit of you. Your ankles, knees, forehead, arms, neck, and occasionally your eyelid… sexy, puffy mosquito bit eyelid. Putting mosquito repellent chemicals on our skin (skin is the largest bodily organ and absorbs 64% of contaminants found in our bodies) just isn’t happening in this house. What do we do? We make our own 3-ingredient, all natural mosquito repellent of course – safe enough to use on our dogs!
Mosquitoes…What Are They Good For?
Absolutely nothing, say it again y’all! Okay, if you didn’t get that musical 70’s War reference, check it out here people. In all seriousness, mosquitoes are an important part of the aquatic and insect food cycle. Fish and spiders and frogs and the like, they dig mosquito larvae. Me, not so much… Larvae, when not eaten by these critters, grow up to become stinging machines with wings!
Mosquito 101: only females suck blood out of you as they need the protein and iron to make baby mosquitoes! Ain’t nature awesome!?!
Want to see a close-up of nature in action? Here you go – and this isn’t my hairy arm so don’t leave comments about how I need to wax!
You’ll never wipe that from your mind… What’s the answer to keep these blood sucking creatures off of you?
All Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
After numerous trial and error attempts, wasted natural products that didn’t quite cut it, and me left all mosquito bitten (not my husband though…why is that?), I finally struck gold with this all natural mosquito repellent recipe. Bonus: it’s dog safe! We don’t want mosquitoes biting our dogs, and here’s why: dog + mosquito bite = heartworm. While it’s not a 100% chance 100% of the time, I’m risk adverse when it comes to my fuzzy ones. My all natural mosquito repellent works, is free from chemicals and good for your skin, and is easily applied to humans and doggos alike! Here’s what you’ll need (with nifty Amazon affiliate links for easy purchasing) to make the most kick butt mosquito repellent known to (wo)man and dog:
- Lemon Eucalyptus Oil: 30 drops
- Almond Extract: 1 teaspoon
- Witch Hazel: 4 ounces
- Spray Bottle: 4 or 8 ounce, amber color
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Wonder what this all natural repellent can do for fleas and ticks? You guessed it, this spray works on them too. Truly, it’s a pretty fabulous spray that you should have on hand. So return to the ingredients list and order!
Why Is My Mosquito Repellent So Kick Butt?
Simply put, it’s the science, the health and the cost. Lemon eucalyptus oil contains menthoglycol, and this little known ingredient is found in essential oils ideally located in Australia. Menthoglycol found in lemon eucalyptus oil is scientifically found to be nearly as effective as DEET at repelling mosquitoes! Hey, and unlike DEET, lemon eucalyptus oil wasn’t created during the hey day of military chemical warfare, so you can safely spray it on you and your dog’s skin and you can even use it in Canada and Europe (where DEET in certain concentrations is banned). Healthy skin for humans and dogs, what a novel concept, right? The witch hazel acts as an emulsifier and the almond extract is added to make the spray smell nice – you don’t have to use the almond extract if you find the other two ingredients odiferously divine all on their own. Just pour the ingredients into the spray bottle, give it a few swirls and spray on you and your pup every four (4) hours – and viola, no skeeters!
Typical mosquito repellents cost about $15 or so for 8oz. Lemon eucalyptus costs about $12 and will make 10 bottles of my homemade mosquito repellent. You likely have the witch hazel on hand, so let’s consider that cost neutral. And a spray bottle cost is one that is controlled by individual taste and selection, anywhere from less than a $1 to as much as your Waterford crystal loving pocket book would care to spend. We use a $2 glass amber spray bottle for most of our homemade essential oil products – it protects the oil from sun and glass is natural (plastic is a chemical and makes the environment sad).
There are a few substitutions that work pretty well. Citronella oil can stand in for the lemon eucalyptus oil in a pinch. While not ideal due to its shortened efficacy (typically an hour or two), citronella does work and we’ve used it when we’ve run out of lemon eucalyptus oil. Vanilla extract works in place of the almond, but for my taste is too sweet. Rubbing alcohol can supplement for the witch hazel. For you martini loving pals out there, vodka also works as witch hazel substitute. Now, let’s chat here a minute as there are pros and cons for making mosquito repellent with vodka. Pros: equal amounts vodka in the spray bottle and your martini glass, I call that a win-win. Cons: you’ll likely use your high-quality martini making vodka for mosquito repellent. For us, we stick with rubbing alcohol when we run out of witch hazel – the trick is to spray it on faster because it has a stronger smell. I suppose you could use vanilla vodka…hey, maybe I’ll try that next time!
Anywho, give our all natural mosquito repellent a try, with easy to memorize ingredients, and let us know what you think. We pretty much guarantee that if you give it a go, you and your dog will be bite free all summer long.