A Natural Spray to Keep the Mosquitoes Away

Remember the family reunion I recently told you about?

family tee

This is a picture of the cute t-shirts we received. #familyiseverything

The event gave me a chance to catch up with crazy-fun relatives AND walk away with the most amazing mosquito repellant. Kind of random, I know. But the location of our family gathering was in Minnesota where they say the state bird is the mosquito. Others call it Minneskeeta. It’s all fairly accurate.

State Bird

My cousins whipped up batches of homemade (and all-natural) mosquito repellant for the entire family.

Now that I’m back in Arkansas, where it has been raining since I returned, the mosquitoes are breeding faster than the rabbits. I’ve been using my spray almost daily and thought it was worth a share. (I’ll be making a fresh batch this week. See how low my supply is getting?!)

organic mosquito repellant

You can get these little spray bottles from Walmart near the travel-size essentials.

Below is the full recipe that’s also featured on our online family recipe book, which is tabbed neatly on our family website. (See where I get my Type-A tendencies?!)

mosquito repellent recipeIngredients

  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup witch hazel
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • Spray bottle

Directions

  • Combine first four ingredients in a 16 oz measuring cup.
  • Fill to the 16 oz mark with the distilled water (about 1 cup).
  • Stir and transfer to spray bottle.

I hope this is helpful. (It also smells really nice.) You’ll have to let me know how it works or if you have other recipes and tips for keeping those darn bugs away!

-Kate

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