Pour neem oil, vodka, and distilled water into a bottle.
To make your own insect repellant set a small funnel on a 3 FL oz. (89 ml) spray bottle and pour in 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of neem oil. Add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of vodka or denatured alcohol and 4 tablespoons (59 ml) of distilled water.
- It’s important to use distilled water instead of tap water to prevent the spray from spoiling.
- If you don’t like the strong scent of neem oil, you can leave it out. However, if you’re specifically trying to repel mosquitos, consider adding it.
Add lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, citronella, and geranium essential oils.
Citronella and tea tree essential oils may have strong scents, but they’re great at keeping insects away. Pair them with lemongrass, lavender, and geranium essential oils, which smell wonderful and can repel flies, mosquitos, and fleas. Put these oils into your bottle:
- Take 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 20 drops of citronella essential oil
- 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops of geranium essential oil
Screw the lid on the bottle and shake the spray for 10 seconds.
Put the lid on the bottle and screw it on tightly so the bottle is completely sealed. Shake the spray for at least 10 seconds to help the oils combine with the vodka and water.
- Spray the repellent before each use since the oils will separate as the spray is stored.
Spray the lemongrass mixture on your skin before going outside.
If you know you’ll be going outside in insect or mosquito-infested areas, spritz your skin thoroughly. You might need to reapply the repellent if you’ll be outside all day.
- Store the repellent at room temperature for up to 3 years. Although you could keep using the spray, the oils will become less effective the longer they’re stored.
Tip: Keep this lemongrass insect repellant out of children’s reach. If they ingest the spray, call poison control immediately.