Mosquito Repellent Recipes

Does anyone have any mosquito repellant recipes or ideas?




Mosquito Repellent

Make a mixture of 1/2 Avon Skin-so-Soft oil and 1/2 rubbing alcohol and apply to exposed areas of skin.


By truerblue (04/20/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Repelling Mosquitoes

Rub Vicks Vaporub on exposed skin to repel mosquitoes.

By truerblue (04/21/2005)

Deterring Mosquitoes

Splashing plain rubbing alcohol on yourself and allowing it to dry will deter mosquitoes from biting you. (05/10/2005)

By Diana


Buy a small bottle of blended citronella oil to dab on yourself. If you can only buy pure oil (not diluted with a carrier oil) then blend your own. Please do not use pure essential oil directly on yourself. (05/18/2005)

By Cathy

My Recipe

In 1 cup water mix 1 tsp Soybean oil (any vegetable oil) and 1/4 tsp Palmolive liquid soap

Mix well, spray or wipe on skin, lasts at least 90 minutes as well as DEET. Some claim 5-6 hrs. Apply hourly to be sure! It doesn't smell!

Stores 2 yrs in frige.

NOTE: There is just enough soap to disperse the oil. To be sure of allergies, wipe a dot of oil, and one of the soap on your skin and wait 30 min to be sure no reaction occurs. (07/01/2005)


By Laura Wilson, WNV survivor (Found recipe too late!)


Yes, I heard of the recipe 1/3 epsom salt, 1/3 stale beer, 1/3 listerine and he put it in the hose sprayer. That is all that was said on the news. I would like to try it. (07/12/2005)

By Cindy

Mosquito Repellent Recipes

Please what Truth or Fiction says about Lemon Joy and mosquitos.

I tried that 2 years ago and it didn't work. They ate me alive! lol

Northern Virginia (07/13/2005)

By Jennifer Nelson

Mosquito Repellent Recipes

I found a great one for my kids. My girls seem to attract every kind of crawly, flying biteing bug. we have mosquitos, horseflys, and deerflies which all bite and bite bad. I hate using the chemicals on them because my youngest suffers from asthma. I found a recipe that calls for 1 part vinegar, 1 part oil, i used mineral oil but you can also use baby oil to make the smell better.


mix together in a spray bottle and spray away. they will smell a bit like vinegar but has worked quite well and keeps those pesty things from getting anywhere near them. You can also spray this mixture on tents, chairs etc. wont hurt them at all. (07/13/2005)

By melissa


I own a vanilla company here in the USA and have tested many different formulas using pure vanilla extract for repelling mosquito's (using my kids as guinea pigs which I thought appropriate since our vanilla is organically grown in Papua New Guinea!). It works great for about 45 minutes, then we need to respray. This is too short of a time to be effective and am working on a method to increase effectiveness.

Single fold vanilla extract, which is generally what one would purchase in the grocery, will have 35% alcohol which is mandated by the FDA. if the bottle says "vanilla flavor" it is not pure vanilla and will not work. Most vanillas on the market have up to 40% sugar which will make you sticky. The best blend I have found so far is to dilute the single fold pure, sugarless vanilla with 50% water so that you will have a blend of 17% alcohol and then spray on exposed skin.


I am curious as to the claims of Mexican vanilla being highly effective as an insect repellent. Within the vanilla industry we are well aware of the fact that Mexican vanilla extracts often carry high levels of residual chemicals and pesticides due to poor farming practices. Perhaps this actually contributes to its effectiveness as a repellent? (07/13/2005)

By Marty


I have heard that catnip essential oil is way more effective than even DEET on mosquitos. However, I am not sure what the dilution rate should be. Does any one know? (07/18/2005)

By Nicole

Garlic Pills Prevent Bug Bites

If you take a garlic pill every day during summer months, bugs will not bite you, especially mosquitos.

By Saundra McKenzie (07/22/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Fabric Soften Sheet

Placing a fabric sheet in your pocket with keep mosquitoes away, they hate the scent and your clothes will smell good too.


By imaqt1962 (07/28/2005)

Mosquito Repellent Recipes

I know that certain Herbs and plants ward off mosquitos. I have never mixed them together and if you try you should be careful.

Lemon Thyme
Citronella Grass

By Shi

Vinegar Didn't Work for Me

I have tried using vinegar with baby oil combination but to no effect,is there any other home remedy to drive to mosquito's away. (03/03/2006)

By Peter


Glycerine by itself seems to work reasonably well for mosquitoes. To make it much more effective, let some aromatic herbs "stew" in the glycerine before you rub it on. I use wild thyme--which has a wonderful scent--but surely marigold, basil, lavender, geraniums, lemon thyme, citronella grass, or chamomile will work also. And probably most any wild aromatic herb.



By Haclil

Vanilla Extract

Don't laugh at me! Pure vanilla extract, on your pulse points like perfume. I have B+ blood, which they love, and I get large welts. My husband and I went camping, and he didn't put any on...and got chewed up! This was in Alaska, where Mosquito is the state bird! (04/22/2006)

By Kelly

Rubbing Alcohol

Carol, rubbing alcohol will not kill anyone by absorbing through the skin. People have and still do get massages with "rubbing" alcohol. (05/11/2006)

By D

Caress Soap Works

Mosquitos hate me. I always thought it was something about me they hated - one friend joked that I have "nutra-sweet" blood from drinking diet soda and they like the real thing. Then I tried a new soap despite a lifetime of loyalty to Caress and I have super sensitive skin. It didn't take me long to realize that I was suddenly a delicious target for the pesty bugs. I switched back and - poof! - no more mosquitos. The moral is: Caress before you dress and you'll not only soften your skin, you'll spare yourself itchy mosquito bites (and possibly viral encephilitis - how do you spell that anyway?)!

I'm curious to know if this works for anyone else. (05/17/2006)

By Tracy


Tracy, I too use Caress and have been using it for years now and come to think of it, Mosquitos rarely bit me! Wow! (06/08/2006)

By Lidia


The recipe for mosquito repellent that has the 3 ingredients used in equal parts of 1/3 epsom salt, beer and listerine works really well. We used it last year in our yard, we mixed it up as instructed and put it in a water hose - attached dispenser that you would use when you fertilize your lawn and garden and sprayed it in the yard and around the shrubs and even sprayed closely around the house and it really worked. We were amazed, we were so desperate to try anything. Compared to everything else, it's relatively inexpensive and from what I understand, the ingredients also benefit your lawn and plants by feeding them. (06/11/2006)

By Toni


the best thing I tried was B-6. A surgeon I worked with said to take one daily starting in April (1000mg), but NOT if you are pregnant. They used that in Vietnam. (06/16/2006)

By Judy M.

Geranium Oil

I can vouch for Geranium oil. I love to work in my garden in the evening time even though it is prime feeding time for mosquitos. But I just dab a drop of Geranium essential oil on my neck, ankles, toes (if exposed) knees, wrists and I don't get bit. Plus geranium oil is safe to use directly on your skin-and you don't need much. Many health food stores carry it. (06/17/2006)



Catnip is toxic to mosquitos. (06/19/2006)

By violinchic

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