Insect Repellent

Insect Repellent

A perfect homemade and natural recipe for repelling insects (rather than killing them) using essential oils

What you need

4 ounces (120ml) of water in a water spray bottle
5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops of Lemongrass essential oil
3 drops of Citronella essential oil


Mix the essential oils into the water, shake well and then spray into the air.

This won’t kill any insects but will repel them.

Make sure you don’t spray onto food areas or into your eyes!


  1. finaly, an insect repellent without any harmful ingredients

  2. take care when using citronella as it can be harmful – it has been banned from most uk products.

    for a repellant that will smell nasty to flies but lovely to humans and will be kind to the skin try adding small amoof teatree, mint and avacado oils

  3. Can we spray it on our skin also? Is it soft enough for kids/baby

  4. Smells and works great!

  5. cooly
    i tried this, i’m not sure if it worked but it made the air smell tasty 🙂

  6. I live in South Africa and mix lemongrass oil, citronella oil and tea tree oil into my body lotions as well. Works extremely well. Not toxic. Citronella oil is the basis for all insect repellant products.

  7. does this really work as i go camping lots, and nearly everything that i have tried only attracts them.

  8. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says

    This is certainly not toxic

  9. stupid and toxic

What do you think of this project? Let us know!