Make a Homemade Bug Repellent

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 2-40
What You'll Need
Four tablespoons of baby oil
One tablespoon of Dettol
Mixing container
Spray bottle
A tablespoon of vanilla extract (use real, not imitation)
A cup of water

Learning to make a homemade bug repellent can save you lots of money when trying to ward off nasty attacks sitting on the back porch on a warm summer night. Bringing along your own homemade bug repellent while fishing, camping, hiking or other outdoor activities will help you have a pleasant and safe experience. When needing to ward off gnats, wasps, mosquitoes and other nasty flying insects, use one of the following two home recipes that will help protect you from insect bites.

Scottish Repellent

Combine:

Four tablespoons of baby oil

One tablespoon of Dettol

Mixing container

Spray bottle

This is a tried and true recipe concocted by Scottish fishermen that is supposed to keep those nasty flying foes at bay. Put the ingredients in a mixing container and stir it well to an even blend. Place the concoction in a spray bottle to use.

Sweet Repellent

Combine:

A tablespoon of vanilla extract (use real, not imitation)

A cup of water

Mix the ingredients well in a container and place in a spray bottle for easy use. The "sweetness" produced by the real vanilla extract acts as a deterrent toward most nasty flying insects. Make sure the ratio of one cup water to one tablespoon vanilla is strictly adhered to or the user may have an overwhelming vanilla smell.

Also place some vanilla extract in an open bowl or shallow dish a few steps away from where you sit. This will attract gnats keeping them away.