HOW-TO: Make Homemade Kid-friendly Insect Repellent Spray

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1. Collect your supplies.

  • 6 oz spray bottle
  • 2.6oz (1/3 cup) filtered water
  • 2.6oz (1/3 cup) alcohol-free witch hazel
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil

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2. Combine the ingredients.

Mix the water and witch hazel in a measuring cup and give it a good swirl to combine. Pour into the spray bottle.

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3. Add the oils.

Add the essential oils and swirl again before screwing on the spray top. This recipe makes enough for one 6-oz spray bottle but can be doubled as needed. The oils will tend to separate, so shake before each use.

Use this insect repellant spray as you would any other, applying right before you head into buggy territory. It’s not recommended to use on little faces, but you can spray a little one’s hat or bandana to help protect their head from insect attacks. This bug juice is also safe to use during pregnancy.

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