A Journey in Making Your Own Household Products- Bug Spray


I live in the great state of Texas where we have mosquitos the size of golfballs. When I first had my son I decided fairly quickly that I didn’t want to use anymore chemical crap on him than absolutely necessary so I looked into making my own bug spray. I looked over some recipes online and decided to try this one from Jenae at Icanteachmychild.com  http://www.icanteachmychild.com/make-it-natural-mosquito-spray/  I altered it a little and this is the formula I came up with:


a bottle of Witch Hazel
12-15 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
12-15 drops Citronella Essential Oil
12-15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
15-20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (or a few more to make the smell tolerable)

I recommend using gloves when handling essential oils to avoid getting any excess oils on your hands (I promise you do not want to walk around for the day smelling like citronella).  Mix the ingredients listed above in a glass container and pour the mixture into a METAL or GLASS spray bottle(s). Essential Oils can eat through plastic over time so I alwaysrecommend using metal or glass.

CAUTION:  This formula is Not recommended for use in babies under 6 months old!  There is little research of essential oil use on babies and children so it is best to use your own judgement and do your own research to decide if you feel comfortable using essential oils on yourself or your child.  Lavender, Tea Tree and Citronella Essential Oils are generally regarded as safe for babies 6 months and older. Lemongrass is generally regarded as safe for children 2 and up.  I always recommend to test the product on an adult first (um, that would be you) before use on a child. I also recommend to do a patch test of the product on any new users by testing the product on a small area of skin before slathering it on your whole body, you know, just in case.

General Safety:

  • Keep out of reach of children and pets
  • If swallowed immediately contact poison control and do not try to induce vomiting.
  • If product gets in eyes flush with milk than water
  • Keep away from heat 
  • Do not leave in direct sunlight

For more safety tips go to https://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety/#general

Find Essential Oils at:

Mountain Rose Herbs

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Spring Brings Ode de Skunk

Spring is the time when you start seeing all sorts of little critters meandering about.  Around us, spring means the perfume of skunks starts to permeate the air.  If you have been fortunate enough to never have had a close and personal encounter with a skunk thank your lucky stars!  If you are like me and you have had a few encounters you understand when I say once you’ve smelled skunk spray up close and personal, it never smells the same again.  I still choke just a little everytime “ode de skunk” fills the air.

My first encounter with the mighty skunk perfume was thanks to our loving dog. In the wee hours of the dawn during her morning potty break she encountered her first skunk.  The sun hadn’t made its appearance yet so I didn’t witness the event, but as I called the dog to return to the house I heard a yelp from the far back corner of our yard and Sadie came running towards the house full speed.  She had some sort of goop on her snout. I went to wipe the goop off with her foot towel when the smell hit me like a freight train.  Really?  A Skunk?  What the heck do I do now?  Remembering a Co-worker had stated his dog had had numerous encounters I texted him for a remedy, I let my boss know I was going to be in a little late to take care of my little problem, and then I called the vet for advice… This is when I learned how to deskunk the dog.

First I washed her off with dawn dish soap.  Then I mixed up the following recipe of three things I actually had on hand…

1 qt of hydrogen peroxide
1/14 cup of baking soda
1 TSP dawn Dish Soap

I mixed the ingredients in a bowl and took them outside to the dog.  (I highly recommend you keep the stinky offender outside during this process.)  I put all the mix on the dog.  I was told the longer you leave on the mixture the better so I put her in her kennel and left for work.  I came back at lunch to rinse her off and then bathed her with the dawn again.  I toweled her off and left her in the sun to dry. The difference in smell was amazing!  There was still a slight hint of noxious odor, but unless you leaned in for a good sniff she was now worthy of re-entering into the house.

Some words of caution

  • I have read that hydrogen peroxide can bleach fur so you shouldn’t leave it on the animal too long.
  • Do NOT get the misture in the animals eyes, if you do flush immediately!
  • Do NOT save the mixture or make it ahead of time, the combination of ingredients can become unstable and explode.

I really hope you never have to use this recipe, but in case you have an adventurous animal… at least you have it!