How to Make a Homemade Mosquito Repellent That Works

homemade mosquito repellent

homemade mosquito repellentIf you loathe mosquitoes, you’re not alone. Mosquitos can be pesky, buzzing, blood-sucking summer burdens, especially if you happen to be a part of a “delicious” population that mosquitoes tend to target most. Perhaps you are unfortunate enough to excrete higher amounts of gases and natural body chemicals that attract mosquitoes – namely, carbon dioxide and “nonanal” – than other people (1).

But if you’re thinking about stocking up on store-bought mosquito repellent for the summer, you should think again. Why waste all that money on brand-name bug repellent when you can make a more effective, cost-efficient version from home?

Here’s a recipe for homemade mosquito repellent that will allow you to enjoy those beautiful summer evenings and forget all about those irritating little beasts!

Recipe: Homemade Mosquito Repellent


  • 100 grams of fresh garlic clove
  • 100 ml of baby oil
  • ½ liter of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)


  1. Place the garlic clove in a bowl with the alcohol and let sit for 4 days. Stir the mixture twice a day.
  2. After 4 days, add the baby oil to the mixture.
  3. Apply to your skin, as needed.

The repellent is gentle enough to put on your skin without serious side effects. You will only need a couple of drops on each of your most popular biting areas, like your wrists, ankles, the back of your neck, and the backs of your knees.

A major bonus of this particular repellent is that it also repels fleas. So if your dog is dealing with a bad flea problem, feel free to share it with your furry friend!

But remember to be safe with this repellent. Like many other bug sprays, this repellant contains harsh ingredients – and should not be ingested or applied near the eyes. Keep it out of reach of young children, and supervise them when they apply it to themselves.

Bonus Recipe: Oil-free, Alcohol-Free Homemade Mosquito Repellent

If you would prefer not to use baby oil or alcohol, try this recipe:


  • 2.5 ml (50 drops) of each essential oil of your choice (Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint)
  • 4 ounces (118 ml) of witch hazel water
  • 4 ounces (118 ml) of distilled or boiled water


  1. Fill an 8-ounce (250-ml) spray bottle with the distilled or boiled water. Alternatively, you may choose a spray bottle of any size and pour enough water to fill up half of the bottle.
  2. Add the witch hazel water almost to the top, leaving as much room as you desire.
  3. Add 30-50 drops of each of your desired essential oils. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be.

Mosquitoes may seem like a minor annoyance, but they can carry extremely harmful diseases. The more bites you get, the more likely you are to contract diseases like West Nile or Malaria (2)! So find a bug spray that works for you, for the sake of your health – and peace of mind.


  1. Syed, Z. and Leal, W. (2009). Acute olfactory response of Culex mosquitoes to a human- and bird-derived attractant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(44), pp.18803-18808.
  2. Gao, B., Fang, Y., Zhang, J., Wu, R., Xu, B. and Xie, L. (2017). A DNA Barcoding Based Study to Identify Main Mosquito Species in Taiwan and its Difference from Those in Mainland China. Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening, 20(2).

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