Aug 19

Homemade Mosquito Repellant

mosquitoMosquitoes LOVE to feast on me.  I can sit outside on my patio and get nailed 10 times within a few minutes by what seems to be a flock of mosquitoes, this while everyone else in the vicinity remains unscathed.  When I’m out in the woods if I do not sleep with heavy repellent on, usually combined with a head net of some sort, I’ll be dominated all night long by the little creatures.  I once woke up with a lower lip the size of a baseball, must have gotten bitten by the godzilla of mosquitoes.

Realizing that my flesh is very appealing to mosquitoes I have an arsenal of repellent stockpiled away just in case T-SHTF and commercially available supplies run low.  However at some point the need could arise to manufacture my own secret sauce, and admittedly I’ve been ignorant on the topic until now.  As such I thought to do some poking around the web and assemble a collection of some of the most popular homemade mosquito repellent recipes which do not need to be approved by some sort of government entity.  Feel free to add your own in the comment section!

From Guru to the Outdoors


1/2 litre of alcohol

100 gram of whole cloves

100 ml of baby oil or similar (almond, sesame, chamomile, lavender, fennel etc)


Leave cloves to marinate in alcohol four days

Stir every morning and evening

After 4 days add the oil

It’s now ready to use.

From Lexie’s Kitchen


1-1/2 tablespoons WATER

1 teaspoon CASTOR OIL





Add all ingredients to a 2 ounce amber spray bottle, shake vigorously and spray.

***Be sure to shake well before each use.***

Sometimes I double the recipe and use a larger spray bottle, but lately have been mixing up three bottles at a time of the 2 ounce size and keeping them by the front door, back door, and in the car.


Ingredients: Minced garlic, mineral oil, and lemon juice


Mince a few cloves of garlic then cover with mineral oil. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours. Next you take a teaspoon of *just the oil* and mix it with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain through a cheesecloth if you have any floaties then pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use.

Some other good links to check out:

DIY: Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays and Lotions

20 All Natural Insect Repellent Recipes

Naturally Frugal Tip: Homemade Mosquito Repellent


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  1. Thanks for this. I’ve been buying a mix of essential oils that does the trick, but I’m wanting to go the homemade cheaper route at this point. Have you heard about the mosquitoes up northeast that tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis virus? Ugh. Don’t want none of that.

      • PJ on August 20, 2013 at 8:03 AM
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      No problem on the article, let me know how the cheaper route works out.

    • The Maj on August 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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    Thanks PJ. Luckily, mosquitoes do not bother me that much, but they literally eat my daughter alive – I swear some times I need to buy repellant in 55 gallon drums and just dip her in it before she goes outside during the summer because if one spot is missed, they find her.

    What I have a problem with are chiggers (red bugs) and ticks. I know most commercially available repellants work on them as well, but one thing I have found that is easiest for me is sulfur powder in an old wool sock. Dust the belt line, top of the boots, etc.

      • PJ on August 21, 2013 at 6:34 PM
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      I forgot about the chiggers and ticks. I had a friend get lost in the woods of the south once, ended up with chiggers buried in his legs and butt. Tried doing everything to get those things off, including nail polish.

      I feel your daughter’s pain. Last night I was out on the patio and made sure to spray myself down with deep woods OFF. I must have missed a spot near my ankle, because sure enough I got bit there a few minutes later.

    • Richard on March 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM
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    Have you ever tried dryer sheets? They work great and all you do is rub them on exposed areas. It helps if your clothing was dried using them too. Who wants to go to bed with all that sticky repellant all over you.

      • PJ on March 14, 2014 at 7:18 PM
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      Great idea I’ll have to use sometime. I’m a magnet for mosquitoes so I’m not sure if that would be potent enough…

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