How to Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent


Homemade mosquito repellent is a refreshing and chemical-free solution to your biting pest problems, and the mixture can be made with fresh herbs from the garden. Plants and herbs such as lemongrass and scented geranium have been used for hundreds of years to keep mosquitoes away, and they are still effective today. Many essential oils also have mosquito-repelling properties, and they improve the smell of homemade repellents while preventing mosquitoes from landing or biting. This recipe yields approximately 8 ounces of homemade mosquito repellent that will keep for up to two months in the refrigerator.

Step 1

Combine the fresh scented geranium leaves, lavender flowers, lemongrass leaves and mint leaves in a 2-quart mixing bowl. Mix gently with your hands until the herbs are thoroughly combined.

Step 2

Pour the vinegar into a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat until it just comes to a boil, about five to six minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the herbs in the mixing bowl.

Step 3

Cover the mixing bowl with a large plate and steep the herbs until the liquid is quite cool, about 30 minutes. Remove the plate and strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a separate, clean mixing bowl.

Step 4

Place the small funnel into the top of the spray bottle. Transfer the mosquito repellent into the bottle by pouring through the funnel. Remove the funnel, add the essential oil, place the lid onto the spray bottle and shake vigorously to combine.

Step 5

Label the bottle with the date and contents, and store the repellent in the refrigerator for up to 60 days when not in use. To use, spritz lightly onto the skin every two hours as needed while outdoors.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not spray the herbal mosquito repellent onto the face or near the eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • ½ cup scented geranium leaves
  • ½ cup lavender flowers
  • ½ cup lemongrass leaves
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • Quart mixing bowl, 2
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Small saucepan
  • Large plate
  • Fine-mesh strainer
  • Small funnel
  • Spray bottle, 8 ounces or larger
  • 20 drops essential oil
  • Labels


  • Colorado State University: Plants Help Keep Mosquitoes Away
  • "Yankee Magazine's Panty Hose, Hot Peppers, Tea Bags, and More--For the Garden: 1,001 Ingenious Ways to Use Common Household Items to Control Weeds, Beat Pests, Cook Compost, Solve Problems, Make Tricky Jobs Easy, and Save Time;" Yankee Magazine Yankee Books; 2005
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About this Author

Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including