No one likes to deal with an itchy mosquito bite, let alone run the risk of contracting West Nile Virus from a bite that can cause neuroinvasive disease, such as meningitis or encephalitis. The Zika virus being spread in other countries by mosquitos is quite alarming, too.
But people often hesitate to apply DEET-containing mosquito repellents to themselves and particularly to their children’s skin, because of its toxicity. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that there should be no more than one application of DEET per day for children. And the repellents that contain DEET don’t last all day. But, there is a DIY mosquito repellent that contains natural ingredients proven to protect people from mosquitos.
Why The Worry?
DEET is a toxic chemical that can cause a host of side effects, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, including:
- Hives, skin redness and irritation, blistering, burning and permanent scarring
- Temporary burning and redness to the eyes, ears, nose and throat
- Disorientation and clumsiness when walking
- Breathing difficulty, coughing, tremors, seizures and loss of alertness of accidentally swallowed
- Coma and death
What To Do?
Household Hacker has developed a natural DIY mosquito repellent, designed to protect oneself from this pesky pest with the simple ingredients listed below. Be sure to follow the measurements exactly.
- Lemon eucalyptus oil
- Witch hazel
- Vanilla extract
With this deliciously scented concoction that is DEET-free, you’ll be ready for mosquito season in no time. It’s a great alternative to store-bought repellents and will lend you peace of mind when applying it to children, too.
FAQs About This DIY Mosquito Repellent
- How does this work?
The lemon eucalyptus oil contains menthoglycol. Studies show that it acts as a repellent with the same effectiveness of DEET, but without the harmful side effects.
- Where do I find this oil?
You can usually find it in the natural food section of your grocery store or the vitamin aisle.
- What about lemongrass and citronella?
They do work, but unfortunately for only about 30 minutes, then you have to reapply them. This DIY repellent offers a longer protection period.
- Why do you add vanilla extract?
It is optional, but it helps with the product’s effectiveness and scent.
- What if I don’t have witch hazel handy?
You can substitute it with rubbing alcohol, cooking oil, or vodka.