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Homemade Bug Spray Recipe

Natural Bug Spray Recipe – With Essential Oils

  • Author: A Little Insanity - Erika
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Ounces 1x
  • Category: How To Make
  • Cuisine: DIY


This All Natural Bug Spray Recipe uses Essential Oils and is SO easy to make.  It really works well & smells wonderful!


  • 1/2 Cup (4 Ounces) Witch Hazel or Vodka
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons (3 Ounces) Distilled Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1015 Drops of Each Pure Essential Oils (food grade) – These are the ones I found to be most effective, but feel free to adjust the quantity for the ones you have on hand: Cinnamon, Clove, Cedar, Lemongrass, Tea Tree (aka Melaleuca), Lavender, Citronella, Peppermint – Do not use EO’s that are phototoxic on your skin when exposed to light (like Bergamot & Citrus Oils).


  1. Using a Small Funnel, add all ingredients to a clean 8 ounce spray bottle.
  2. Screw the Spray Cap on tightly and shake vigorously until well blended.
  3. Store bottle in a cool, dark place when not in use.  Blend will typically last 6 months to a year depending on the quality & freshness of the Essential Oils & exposure to light.


  • Spray on exposed areas of the body. I also lightly spray my shoes, hat & clothing to repel ticks, fleas & other insects.  Always test the bug spray on a small patch of skin to check for an allergic reaction before using any essential oil blend for the first time.  You also want to be careful when applying it on or near clothing to make sure it doesn’t stain.
  • If applying to Pets, be sure to spray the collar or neck area, so they can’t lick it off.


  • Please remember to always use Essential Oils responsibly:  If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your health practitioner before using.
  • Extreme caution should be taken when using Essential Oils on young children.  I never give my children Essential Oils internally unless they are Food Grade & worked into a recipe for proper dilution.
  • Label your homemade Essential Oil – This will help you remember what’s in them.
  • Whenever possible, use dark colored or amber glass bottles for products containing essential oils. Store in a cool, dark place when not using.


  • Serving Size: 1 Spray
  • Calories: 0