Simply put it in the kitchen, and all insects, including mosquitoes and flies, will go.

When creating a DIY natural insect repellent, it’s crucial to use ingredients that are safe, effective, and easily accessible. Here’s a simple recipe you can try:


  1. Essential oils: Choose from citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, or lemon grass. These oils are known for their bug-repelling properties.
  2. Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol: Acts as a base for your repellent and helps it to stay on the skin longer.
  3. Vegetable glycerin: Optional, but it can help to moisturize the skin and extend the life of the repellent.
  4. Water: Distilled or boiled (cooled) water to dilute the mixture.


  1. Combine Essential Oils: In a spray bottle, mix 30-50 drops of your chosen essential oils. The more oils you use, the stronger the repellent will be.
  2. Add Witch Hazel or Alcohol: Fill about half of the bottle with witch hazel or rubbing alcohol.
  3. Add Water: Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Leave a little space at the top to shake the mixture.
  4. Add Vegetable Glycerin (optional): If you’re using glycerin, add a teaspoon to the mixture. This step is optional but recommended if you have dry skin.
  5. Shake Well: Secure the lid and shake the bottle vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well mixed.
  6. Test and Use: Do a patch test on your skin to ensure there’s no allergic reaction. Spray the repellent on exposed skin or clothing when needed. Reapply every few hours for maximum effectiveness.

Additional Tips:

  • Store the repellent in a cool, dark place to preserve its potency.
  • Always shake before use as the oils and water can separate.
  • For added protection, consider planting bug-repellent plants like citronella, lavender, and marigolds around your kitchen or in window boxes.

Remember, natural repellents are a safer alternative to chemical ones, but they may need to be applied more frequently.