DIY: Bug repellent spray ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿœ ๐ŸŒ

Hello everyone!

Let's talk about... bugs.ย  Warmย springย weather means thatย bugsย and otherย pestsย come out of hibernation. ย As a vegan, I don't want to kill any bugs, but they can be extremely annoying!

Of course, many people turn to chemical sprays to get rid of them.ย  Unfortunately, in addition to having a very unpleasant odour, conventional insect repellents can harm people who have allergies, and even cause health issues, not to mention the harmful effects to the environment.

Fortunately, you can repel pests with essential oils.ย  Here's a recipe for a DIY bug repellent spray!
DIY: Bug repellent spray

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons essential oil/s (list below)
  • 1 tablespoon vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 cupย  witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup water (or vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon ofย vegetable glycerinย (optional)


Method:
  1. Place essential oils inย a glass spray bottle. ย Add vodka or alcohol and shake well.
  2. Pour in witch hazelย and shake to combine.
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, if using. ย This helps the ingredients stay combined.
  4. Add water and shake again. ย Shake well before each use.


Below is a list of bugs and pests and the essential oils you can use to repel them:

Ants: Peppermint, Spearmint
Aphids: Cedarwood, Hyssop, Peppermint, Spearmint
Beetles: Peppermint, Thyme
Caterpillars: Peppermint, Spearmint
Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
Fleas: Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemongrass, Lavender
Flies: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage
Gnats: Patchouli, Spearmint
Lice: Cedarwood, Peppermint, Spearmint
Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass
Moths: Cedarwood, Hyssop, Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint
Plant lice: Peppermint, Spearmint
Slugs: Cedarwood, Hyssop, Pine
Snails: Cedarwood, Pine, Patchouli
Spiders: Peppermint, Spearmint
Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
Weevils: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwoodย ย 


What do you use to repel bugs and pests from your home?


Cosette

I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.

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