Make Your Own Toxin-Free Insect Repellent With A Splash Of Vodka

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 customisable 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. favourite conditioning liquid oil (soybean, olive, castor, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. essential oil blend

The blend of essential oils is the customisable 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.

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 favourite 'Squito-be-Gone tricks in the comments.

Make Your Own Insect Repellent [Little House in the Suburbs]


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