DIY Non-Toxic Bug Repellent That Really Works!

My happiest place on earth has always been in the woods. I grew up spending most of my time in the woods building forts, climbing trees and discovering amazing things. I never owned dolls (well, my mother did give me a couple, but I never understood how to play with them). Nope. The woods I understood.

Bugs didn’t really bother me. I had a few†ticks in places they shouldn’t be and a couple of rather traumatic moments with leaches, but that’s another story. And mosquitoes LOVED me. My sister and I could stand side-by-side and I’d be swatting and swearing at them and she’d be like, “what’s wrong with you? They aren’t bothering me.” And she is like a foot taller than me. Body chemistry baby. Ugh.

I used to love camping, hiking and any activity that put me in the woods, but in recent years, battling bugs and their associated diseases has dampened my enthusiasm for these activities. I miss them!

So, I went on a search for the best, most effective, least offensive (to me, my friends and family, my dog AND the planet) and there are some decent ones to buy, but somehow I never seem to have any when I need it, and of course, they aren’t necessarily cheap. Nope, I’m determined to create a†natural bug repellent†recipe that I can make at home and keep all the ingredients handy when I run out.

There are a lot of natural bug spray recipes out there. We have a few DIY natural bug repellent recipes here on the GD site! But here’s one I’ve landed on that seems to work. I spray it on me, the dog, the grandkids clothing and we don’t stink!

Watch my silly 1 GD Minute video tutorial and see how easy it is to make:

Green Diva Meg’s DIY natural bug repellent recipe:

ingredients for green diva meg's DIY natural bug repellent spray recipe

What you need:

4 oz. glass spray bottle
20 drops geranium essential oil
10 drops
citronella essential oil†(although I didn’t use it in my video batch, you can add for additional mosquito protection)

7 drops lemon essential oil
7 drops eucalyptus essential oil
7 drops lemongrass essential oil
1 teaspoon peppermint castile soap
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/4 cup water

what to do

  1. Put all the essential oils into the glass bottle.
  2. Add†teaspoon of the peppermint castile soap and mix it all up (this will help distribute the oils evenly and ultimately emulsify them in the entire mixture).
  3. Add the water and witch hazel to the bottle.
  4. Mix vigorously before using!


Hereís the latest episode of The Green Divas Radio Show for more on green and healthy livingÖ


Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn1 years ago


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

James Benway
James Benway2 years ago

Holy dead critters Batman!! Without a doubt,I will never be purchasing corporation made insect repellent. Not only for the cost benefits but for my mistrust of these corporate villains and the ingredients they are using. Any ingredient that starts with a chemical formula as a precursor to what is next, I'm sure it is not a favorable sign. Then you always have the dyes, why do you have to use a dye, is this just there so when the past due date. You can use their products to make tie& dye T-SHIRTS. As I finish up with my comment,I am putting on my shoes and going natural ingredients shopping.And looking forward to it. OH YEAH!!! To the corporate conglomerates who lobby getting their products with the most DEET. Look up DEET, it's chemical makeup and your hair will turn grey with what DEET is!!! Care2 members if you have some spare time,teach your kids and instead of a Tupperware party...have all your friends over to make this all natural product. No offence about the Tupperware it just was the 1st thing that came to my memory.Please fill in Tupperware with anything else that you feel relevant. So as I did you adieu, remember safe for PETS. I hope you all join me and start a natural insect repellent that could easily become generational. Good mixing, and spraying.

Bridget Lynch
Bridget Lynch2 years ago

Mosquitos love me, too! Going to try this, thanks!

Sammy Bryant
Samantha Bryant2 years ago

Oh, yay! I have most of this stuff already, thanks for sharing- will try!

Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago


Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago


Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.