For those of you who have read Prudent Living’s recent online magazine this recipe may be familiar to you. I am really trying to get away from purchased cleaning products and decided I should try this bug spray as well. Much better for you than a commercial bug spray!

The recipe seemed easy enough:

6-8 ounce spray bottle
Witch hazel
Lemongrass essential oil
Geranium essential oil
Citronella essential oil
Small funnel

homemade bug spray, chemical free

Bug spray ingredients.

You may have your own source for essential oils, I purchase mine from Their prices seem good and remember essential oils go a long way as you usually only need a few drops.

Insert the funnel into your spray bottle and fill the bottle with witch hazel. Leave about one inch of headspace.

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Witch Hazel

Then add approximately 25 drops of each of citronella essential oil and lemongrass essential oil, plus approximately 15 drops of geranium essential oil.

essential oils, lemongrass, geranium, citronella

Essential Oils

Remove the funnel and replace with the sprayer cap, shake the bottle and it is now ready to use!

Lisa Barthuly, who is a special correspondent for Prudent Living Magazine provided these solutions.

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2 comments on “Frugal Tips: Mama’s Bug-Be-Gone Bug Spray

Jamie on April 19, 2018 1:33 pm

Please, everyone remember to test any EO on a small area of skin to make sure you can tolerate it before using it all over!

God bless <

Nancy Wolff on April 19, 2018 2:53 pm

Very good advice!

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