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While I love the warmer weather and thawing out from the long, frigid winter. The mosquitos and biting flies that come along with the warm weather are a sworn enemy. I can’t stand the pests (really, though, who can?). We spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the warmer months. Plus, we spend a lot of time outdoors at dusk when mosquito populations are extremely high. While I don’t want to be eaten by them, I refuse to just give in and go inside.
I am not a fan of chemicals, at all. Commercially produced mosquito repellent is full of chemicals, most of which I cannot pronounce, and the one I can, DEET I wouldn’t ever use under any circumstance. I refuse to spray that stuff on myself or my kids. And while we raw feed our dogs, they still get the occasional mosquito or biting fly on them. I’m not going to coat them in chemical pesticides either. There are a ton of incredibly effective mosquito repellents made from essential oils, but while we love our essential oils, I try really hard no to be reliant on them. This recipe is easy to make, the ingredients are all things I can forage, grow, and/or make myself, and completely safe to use on myself, my kids, and my dogs.
Natural Mosquito Repellent
- 8 oz Mason Jar with lid
- 1 Cup Dried Calendula Flowers
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Filtered Water
- Spray Bottle
- Place 1 cup of dried calendula flowers in a mason jar. Pour apple cider vinegar on top, ensuring you completely cover the flowers plus one inch of liquid.
- Cover mixture tightly with lid and allow to sit, undisturbed, for two weeks. Keep out of direct sunlight and avoid extreme temperatures. I place mine in a kitchen cupboard.
- After the mixture has set two weeks, strain the solution through a double layer of cheesecloth. It’s not a big deal if you have a bit of the flowers left in the infusion, you just want most of them out.
- Place infusion in refrigerator until ready to use.
- When ready to use, pull infusion out of refrigerator and mix 1:10 ratio with filtered water in a spray bottle.
- This mixture is safe to be sprayed directly on skin and dogs. Spray liberally but avoid contact with eyes simply because it will burn a bit. This solution is fairly neutral, though. Reapply as needed.
- Return unused portion of infusion to refrigerator to mix when ready to use.
That’s it. Completely natural. No chemicals. Self-reliant friendly. Neutral and completely safe. This works perfectly for us and our dogs. I love the simplicity of it and that it’s so safe to use on the whole family! No more pesky mosquitos or biting flies bothering us and no use of dangerous chemicals.