Bug bites can be both uncomfortable and dangerous so it’s important to keep the bugs away. Instead of using conventional store-bought products containing harmful toxins, my diy bug spray not only smells amazing but it’s free of any chemicals.
½ Cup Witch Hazel ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar 10 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil 10 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil 10 Drops Citronella Essential Oil 10 Drops of Tea Tree Or Rosemary Essential Oil 1 8 Ounce Glass Spray Bottle
Mix witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and essential oils in 8 ounce glass spray bottle. Spray over all portions of the body but avoid repellent in eyes and mouth.
Now don’t forget about your fur babies as this is the season for ticks & bugs.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The smell of vinegar alone is enough to repel a mosquito, but apple cider vinegar is more than just a repellent. It’s a natural conditioner to the skin and hair and also great for adding shine & luster to the coat. A really great way to utilize ACV to repel bugs, is to steep apple cider vinegar in rosemary, lavender, neem leaf, and/or other bug repelling herbs for two weeks, shaking the jar daily. Strain herbs from the ACV and spray onto your dog. Allow to dry and do not rinse! Works great on people too and is safe on and around children as well.
There are many essential oils that help repel all sorts of bugs and are safe to use in dog sprays! You can substitute these essential oils into your dog’s homemade flea & tick spray, based off of what you have on hand. PLEASE REMEMBER – dogs should be thought of like babies when it comes to essential oils and the amount to use. Not only do they have sensitive noses but they also have smaller organs than we do. Some of the essential oils you can safely use on dogs for flea and tick prevention are: lavender, lemon, citronella, sage/clary sage, bergamot, cedarwood, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, sweet orange, and rosemary.