insect repellents en-US 4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many joke that the unofficial state &ldquo;bird&rdquo; of Minnesota, my home state, is the mosquito. When summer hits, the mosquitoes start swarming.&nbsp;Of course, Minnesota isn&rsquo;t the only place with mosquitoes; most areas of the world with standing water and lots of trees experience these pesky creatures. (See also: <a href="">Use Beer to Get Rid of Pests</a>)</p> <p>Unfortunately, the easiest and most effective method to repel mosquitoes involves the toxic chemical DEET. While the <a href="">health effects of DEET are not conclusive</a>, they are scary enough to warrant the government recommending limited exposure. The <a href="">CDC recommends</a> that children over the age of two months and adults use repellent with DEET concentrations up to 30%, and Health Canada recommends that children under age 12 use mosquito repellents with a DEET concentration of <a href="">less than 10%</a>. Even though many repellents may have lower concentrations of DEET, I&rsquo;d still rather steer clear of any mosquito repellents with chemicals.</p> <p>Several companies now make natural mosquito repellents, but most are not cheap. Luckily, there are many homemade mosquito repellent recipes available on the internet.</p> <h3>Garlic Mosquito Repellent</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Ingredients:</strong> Minced garlic, mineral oil, and lemon juice</li> <li><strong>Cost:</strong> Less than $5</li> <li><strong>Directions: </strong></li> </ul> <blockquote><p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Recipe from </em><a href=""><em>Tipnut</em></a></p> <h3>Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Ingredients:</strong> Lemon eucalyptus oil and sunflower oil or <a href="">witch hazel</a></li> <li><strong>Cost:</strong> $9.50 for 8 oz. of lemon eucalyptus oil (can be purchased on <a href=";tag=eswb-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=217145&amp;creative=399349&amp;creativeASIN=B003DC1WAO"></a>)</li> <li><strong>Directions:</strong> Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every 10 parts of sunflower oil/witch hazel. Rub or spray on skin.</li> </ul> <p><em>Recipe modified from </em><a href=""><em></em></a></p> <h3>Lavender Mosquito Repellent</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Ingredients:</strong> Fresh lavender (the flower)</li> <li><strong>Cost:</strong> Free (if you have lavender growing in your yard); otherwise Home Depot sells the plant for about $12</li> <li><strong>Directions:</strong></li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Rub a lavender flower behind your ears, wrists and neck. Not only will you smell great but mosquitoes will leave you alone.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Recipe from </em><a href=""><em>Garden Mandy</em></a></p> <h3>Vanilla Mosquito Repellent</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Ingredients:</strong> Vanilla extract</li> <li><strong>Cost:</strong> Less than $5 at grocery store</li> <li><strong>Directions:</strong></li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Apply some vanilla extract or vanilla essence to your pulse points.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Recipe from Nora&rsquo;s post about </em><a href=""><em>Easy Homemade Mosquito and Insect Traps</em></a></p> <p>Are there any homemade mosquito repellent recipes that you&rsquo;ve tried? How did they work out?</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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