Thursday, April 26, 2018

DIY Kid Safe Bug Repellent

My family really strives to avoid products that are toxic to humans or the environment, this includes mainstream insect repellents, most of which contain DEET or other harmful chemicals. DEET has been found to inhibit the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme in both insects and mammals (source). So instead I make my own non toxic bug repellent spray using essential oils.

In this post I will share my personal recipe for a kid safe non toxic bug repellent spray.

Kid Safe Non Toxic Bug Spray Recipe:


-1/2 cup natural witch hazel

-1/2 cup of water

-1 tablespoon of vodka

-20 drops of lavender essential oil

-20 drops of citronella essential oil

-10 drops of lemongrass essential oil


Add the essential oils and vodka to a glass spray bottle and shake to combine.

Add the witch hazel and shake again.

Add the water and shake again. 

And that's it. Now you have an effective bug repellent that is safe for your family. Be sure to shake well before each usage. Also note that this recipe is safe to use topically for kids 2+. For kids under 2, only apply to clothing.

If you enjoyed this post check out:

-DIY All Purpose Herbal Salve

-My Natural Medicine Cabinet

-My Favorite Kid Friendly Essential Oils

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