You’ve got plans to explore the great outdoors but no insect repellent? No problem. Just use leftovers from last night’s party and this eco-friendly mix that’s as customizable as the cocktails you had.
Photo by Valerie Everett
Tip site Little House in the Suburbs has a recipe for a spray that aims to keep the bugs far, far away without using any harmful or harsh chemicals:
- 1 cup vodka
- 2 T. aloe vera juice
- 2 tsp. favorite conditioning liquid oil (soybean, olive, castor, etc.)
- 1 1/2 tsp. essential oil blend
The blend of essential oils is the customizable part, and you’ll find a list detailing which oils to use for which pests in the full post. Keep in mind that unlike store-bought and chemical-laden sprays, this one needs to be reapplied far more frequently to maintain its insect repelling qualities.
We’ve featured other essential oil-based repellents in the past, but the great part about this particular mix is that it is tailored to be a spray and usable on the go. What are you using while away from your porch and citronella candles? Share your favorite ‘Squito-be-Gone tricks in the comments.