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How To Make DIY Mosquito Repellent With Natural Essential Oils

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How To Make DIY Mosquito Repellent With Natural Essential Oils

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.

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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:

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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FAQs About This DIY Mosquito Repellent

  1. 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.
  2. Where do I find this oil?
    You can usually find it in the natural food section of your grocery store or the vitamin aisle.
  3. 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.
  4. Why do you add vanilla extract?
    It is optional, but it helps with the product’s effectiveness and scent.
  5. What if I don’t have witch hazel handy?
    You can substitute it with rubbing alcohol, cooking oil, or vodka.
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Last Updated on August 12, 2021

Learn How To Make Coffee 38 Different Ways With This Stunning Guide

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Learn How To Make Coffee 38 Different Ways With This Stunning Guide

 

If you make your own coffee in the morning, chances are you’re only making the same boring kind everyday. Now it’s time to put an end to the cynical habit and turn you into an instant coffee connoisseur.

For those who don’t know, there are officially 38 different ways to make coffee. All, except decaffeinated versions will give you the same buzz that can either make you extremely productive or give you anxiety.

The only difference here is taste. And when it comes to coffee, taste matters. A lot.

Most of the methods and ingredients from the chart above dates back hundreds of years and have been traditionally passed down from generation to generation. Hence, it’s actually possible to tell where a person came from based on the type of coffee he or she drinks!

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