It’s that time of year when the kids are playing outside, and mosquitoes are out and about. This DIY Bug Spray works wonders and you do not have to worry about harsh chemicals. It’s very simple to make and only requires a few ingredients.

Spray bottle with bug spray.

DIY Bug spray

It’s summer time and the kids are playing outside and we are having lots of BBQ’s. We love spending time outdoors. However, we do not like having mosquito’s and other bugs bothering us.

I was looking recently to purchase bug spray for my kiddos and had a terrible time finding something all natural. Everything it seemed at the store contained chemicals like deet and other harsh ingredients.

I didn’t feel good about spraying that on the kids or myself. I looked into organic and natural buy sprays you can purchase but goodness are they expensive.

So, I made my own DIY bug spray at home. It works wonders and no worries about what I’m putting on the kids. One thing to keep in mind with this natural bug spray is application is needed more frequently.

But to me that is worth the peace of mind of knowing it’s all natural and chemical free. I usually reapply after about 2 hours.

It seems to do the trick. You may need to adjust the time a little but that seems to work for me.

Spray bottle with bug spray.

Homemade mosquito spray tips:

  • Spray frequently. Homemade bug spray will need to be applied more frequently than commercial bug sprays.
  • Container. I like to use 4 oz spray bottles to put the homemade mosquito repellent in. It’s so handy and the perfect size to throw in my purse. I love this size because I can keep one at home and one at Grandma’s house and just wherever the kids can use it frequently. 
  • Glass Bottles. You can also purchase a 4 oz glass spray bottle if you prefer.
  • Travel. I like to use the glass bottles a home and the plastic bottles for traveling or at the pool and such. No more worries about bug bites. 

    It is truly the best bug repellent. The essential oil blend works amazing and even will repel mosquitoes.
  • Great for the entire family. Bug spray recipes can be challenging to find the right one but this one really is amazing. I love using ingredients that work as natural repellents.

    The entire family can use this! I love not having to carry a ton of different bottles around. It’s so nice being to use the same product on everyone in the family.

Let’s get started.

Toss those commercial bug sprays and make this homemade buy spray. DIY Mosquito Repellent is so easy to make.

It works great and costs very little to make. You can feel good about what you are applying to your skin.

Supplies for bug spray.

Ingredients for homemade bug spray:

How to make DIY Bug Spray:

  • Step 1. Place witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and essential oils into a small measuring cup with a spout.
Measuring Cup with ingredients.
Ingredients being poured into measuring cup.
Essential Oils going in the measuring cup.
  • Step 2. Mix everything together thoroughly.
Spoon in measuring cup stirring ingredients.
  • Step 2. Pour the insect repellent mixture into the spray bottle.

How To Use homemade mosquito spray:

Spray bottle with bug spray.
  • Shake well and spray your body and clothing with bug spray when outside.
  • Repeat every couple of hours to repel mosquito bites. You may need to reapply frequently to provide the greatest amount of mosquito control.

Variation ideas

  • Essential Oils. Choose the blend that you prefer the best. Choices include rosemary, citronella oil, tea tree, lemongrass or eucalyptus. I also like to use a combination of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Vinegar. Substitute white vinegar for apple cider vinegar if you prefer in this recipe.
  • Coconut Oil. You need a base ingredient to make bug repellent. ⅓ cup coconut oil can be used instead of witch hazel.

How long will homemade bug spray last?

Homemade bug repellant typically has a shelf life of 3 years. It has a very long shelf life. If you have not used it after a couple of years, it is recommended to toss it as it will lose its effectiveness.

Bug spray being applied from bottle.

Make DIY Mosquito Spray.

Give this DIY bug spray a try. We love using natural options for repelling mosquitos. Vanilla extract is also a natural bug repellent for another option.

Just run on skin with a little coconut oil. This is a great natural mosquito repellent.

Let us know by leaving a comment how this method works for you.

Spray bottle with bug spray.

Print the instructions for DIY Bug Spray:

Diy Bug Spray

Prep Time2 minutes
Active Time3 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Keyword: Diy Bug Spray
Yield: 1
Author: One Crazy Mom


  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 20 drops Essential Oil (try rosemary, citronella, tea tree, lemongrass or eucalyptus or a combination of them)
  • 4 oz spray bottle


  • Place witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and essential oils into a small measuring cup with a spout. Mix well. Pour the mixture into the spray bottle.
  • Shake well and spray your body and clothing with bug spray when outside.

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