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How to Make Natural Insect Repellant

Bug Off! This All-Natural, DIY Insect-Repellent Spray Really Works

How to Make Natural Insect Repellant
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Whether you're sitting outdoors trying to enjoy your backyard, hanging out on your stoop or patio, going for a walk, or are just relaxing in your home, trying to keep bugs away can be a constant annoyance in the summer. And while there are a lot of great insect repellants you can buy, sometimes it's best to make something yourself, so you know exactly what goes into it. This DIY natural bug repellent is easy to make and really works! From dissuading mosquitoes to interrupting an ant invasion, this bug spray is made from ingredients that are all natural and safe. Instead of smelling harsh chemicals, you'll waft a lovely scent through your backyard or living room while staying bite-free. And after picking up the main ingredients, this repellent costs less than a $1 per bottle to make.

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup catnip
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 10 to 20 drops essential oil
  • Small spray bottle
  • Small funnel
  • Sauce pan
  • Bowl
  • Sieve
  • Paper towel

Keep reading for step-by-step directions!

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