*DIY Outdoor Bug Spray!*
As prairie people, we all deal with the reality of blood sucking bugs every summer, especially after rains like we’ve had so far this year. As a person who is committed to using natural non-toxic products, I’ve found myself buying and using up a lot of sprays in my attempts to keep the little darlings at bay. Using the natural stuff requires frequent re-application and therefore frequent re-purchasing which can cost a lot and leave you with a pile of plastic bottles to wash and recycle before too long.
I know that doing something myself is often empowering, satisfying, less wasteful and more cost effective, so I decided to research recipes for natural bug repellent online. Based on my research, I came up with a recipe that smells great, works and is easy and fast to make up. In fact, it’s so easy that I’m going to use my old extra empty bottles to make some more up for friends just for the fun of it! It does require an up front purchase of some essential oils, but after that you’re set for a good long while, so it ends up being more than worth it. Since I work at The Better Good, I got all my oils here made by “Pure Potent Wow”. These oils are all either wild crafted or organic and are a very high quality. Here’s the recipe:
12-15 drops of each of the following oils into small spray bottle mixed with water:
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- Eucalyptus Globulus
- Cedar Wood
Always shake before using and remake as often as you like!
Wishing everyone a happy healthy summer,
Monté (staff member @ The Better Good)