Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Today's Green Tip: Mosquito Repellant

Its nearly summer and mosquitos are shortly coming!

Thanks to Tipnut.com, we can make our own homemade mosquito repellant without any harsh chemicals.  Here are a few different recipes:


Angela's Recipe:


1/4 cup vegetable oil mixed with these essential oils (mix and store in a spray bottle):
8 drops cedar
5 drops eucalyptus
4 drops lavender
2 drops rosemary
2 drops juniper
1 drop peppermint
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop clove
* Use within one year

Mark's Recipe
2 cups witch hazel
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
20 drops citronella essential oil
20 drops lemongrass essential oil
Instructions: Mix in a spray bottle and shake well before use.

Jennifer's Recipe
Mosquitoes hate garlic and so when I saw this recipe in a magazine a few years ago I clipped it, tried it and found that it did a good job keeping me bite free.
Directions: Mince a few cloves of garlic then cover with mineral oil. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours. Next you take a teaspoon of *just the oil* and mix it with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain through a cheesecloth if you have any floaties then pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use.

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