Sunday, June 16, 2013

Homemade Mosquito Repellent



Sorry, I've moved things around a bit. You can find a re-post of this oft requested mosquito repellent recipe at my KR Finger Puppets website. 50% of profits from K.R. Finger Puppets will be donated to charity in memory of my son, Kendrick Harding Rich.

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19 comments:

  1. Hey, how do you store this when you aren't using it? Does it have to be in the fridge, etc?

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  2. I kept mine in a jar like the one in the picture. Since it's mostly vodka, I don't think it'll go bad.

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  3. Wonderful. I prefer 'natural' things like this. Will have to try it out, since mosquitos just never seem to leave here in Texas. Thanks.

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  4. Great recipe! Gonna add this to my list of ingredients next time I make up a batch of my natural repellent. I've found that Neem oil and Rosemary oil work well mixed in with Lavender essential oil. Be sure and research about using Neem around children though. Guess one should research using any essential oil around children, etc. before doing so. I put mine in a plastic bottle with a mister sprayer on top. I add water to my mixture to make it last longer. Just shake before spraying. Have had some mixed up for over a year and still going strong. Mine doesn't have vodka, just straight essential oils and water.

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  5. Correction! I used Citronella oil and not Neem oil. :)

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  6. great idea, i was wondering though how much would be absorbed into baby's skin? How often do you have to reply it?

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  7. I don't know. I only used it around babies. My friend wiped a bit on her 9 month old daughter to keep the mosquito away.

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  8. any suggestions for a substitute for vodka?

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    1. Sorry, no suggestion for a substitute for vodka.

      I heard adding a few drops of Lavender essential oil to unscented lotion would work. I will try that out this coming summer to see if it works.

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  9. Is this safe for children?? Did you do any research on whether it being absorbed through the skin of children is a good thing or if it is even a good thing for adults?

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    1. I didn't do any research, so I don't know for sure if it's safe to use on children's skin. I've only used it on myself.

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  10. As long as they don't consume it, it should be safe to use on children. Just store out of reach.

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  11. I wouldn't use it on babies or young children. Alcohol is absorbed thru their skin. Hand sanitizer also should not be used on babies and young children for the same reason.

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  12. I've seen where which hazel was used as the main ingredient along with citronella, lemongrass, lavender and peppermint. Maybe you could replace the vodka with which hazel.

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  13. Yes, alcohol of all types can be absorbed through the skin. A lot of people use wet wipes on their children and babies, and many still contain some form of alcohol.

    I am also remembering that, in the past, the usual treatment for teething babies was to rub a small amount of whiskey or other alcohol directly on their gums!

    This just tells me that, like everything else, use only as needed and with moderation!

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  14. Stacy is correct. Babies skin is much thinner and easily absorbs whatever is put on it. The alcohol will be absorbed through the skin. Babies are also less able to process the toxin, alcohol and DEET. Cover up, spray it on the clothes to hide the CO2 scent of the body. Absolutely do NOT use DEET or any pesticide near babies or kids, it is a nerve poison.

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  15. Lavender itself is the only ingredient that is needed from that mixture to keep mosquitoes away. I live in Central Canada where the pesty mosquitoes are a big bother and all you need is a lavender creme and you wont be bothered

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