A couple years ago when I was trying to find the right mosquito repellent for my family, I was a little overwhelmed on which ingredients were safe. I decided to do a little research on the topic so I made the right decision. Half of the articles I read warned that DEET was dangerous for children and the other half said it was perfectly safe. In addition to DEET, there are other ingredients being included that can be a concern, such as perfumes, aerosol type ingredients and parabens.
Because of the possibly toxic ingredients, I decided to make my own bug spray for my family. The only drawback to a completely natural mosquito repellent is that it does need to be re-applied about every 20-30 minutes. Thankfully, the kids do not mind because they really do like the scent.
If you do prefer an over-the-counter repellent, I would suggest getting one with a lower percentage of DEET (if you prefer DEET) and to find one that is in a spritz form vs. aerosol, so as to not be inhaling the ingredients as much. Below is my favorite DIY Mosquito/Bug Repellent Spritz for the family.
2 tablespoons witch hazel
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1-2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (this helps the mixture stick to the skin)
5-10 drops citronella
2-3 drops peppermint
2 drops tea tree
Optional (Additional) Essential Oils:
2 drops lavender
2 drops lemongrass
2 drops geranium
Combine the above ingredients and place into a glass spritz/spray bottle. Spritz all over the body. Shake slightly before each use. Repeat every 20-30 minutes, if needed. Do no use on the elderly or infants, especially if they have a sensitivity to essential oils.
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