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Citric 'Squito Spray: A Natural Mosquito Repellent

Updated on September 19, 2012

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natural mosquito repellent in a spray bottle
natural mosquito repellent in a spray bottle

Citric Mosquito Spray: A Natural Mosquito Repellent

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I am a mosquito magnet. The minute I go outside, I am sure to lose about a pint of blood to the tiny winged vampires. I used to bathe in bug spray, but that could not be healthy for me--or my lungs--when using it. For like mosquitoes, the spray dove where I never wanted it.

So I investigated homemade insect repellents. I read in the book Salt, Lemons, Vinegar, and Baking Soda by Shea Zukowski, that mosquitoes dislike lemons. Instead of using a peel of lemon as the book recommended, I decided to use lemon juice in water with some other natural oils.

You will need the following to make Citric 'Squito Spray:

Citric 'Squito Spray Ingredients

ingredients for citric 'squito spray
ingredients for citric 'squito spray

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Lemon juice, from concentrate
  • Water
  • Citronella Essential Oil
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Spray Bottle

Instructions and Notes

The amount of each ingredient you use depends on the container, but I pour mine right into a spray bottle. I use around 2/3rds lemon juice concentrate. The rest is mostly water with sprinklings of oils.

I layer in the mixture. I like to put some water in first, then some lemon juice, then some oils. Then repeat. In the bottle pictured above, I use around six drops of each oil, but I make sure to have enough peppermint essential oil to cut the smell of the other essential oils.

Most of the recipe came from trying to make a natural flea repellant for my dogs, but I discovered this works better on humans plagued by mosquitoes. For me, on the bad swarm days, the above recipe works just as well as the commercial product. That is, it works decent. On the good, mosquito-light days, it works better--for the little buggers are not so desperate and have to look hard for an area I did not spray.

Give this homemade mosquito repellent a try, but keep in mind, I am not a doctor. If you have allergies or suspect you have allergies to any of these ingredients, do not use the product. Keep in mind less is more with essential oils and that lemon juice can sting. Do not get this product in your eyes or on any open wound or cut. Finally, be a little careful with spraying this on clothing. I have experienced no discoloration, but I have heard lemon juice can bleach clothing.

That is it. Enjoy your Citric ‘Squito Repellent, and let me know how it works for you.

Lemon Juice Concentrate and Essential Oils


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      Jodi Ralston 5 years ago from Missouri

      Thanks, mecheshier, for the commenting and voting! If you try the recipe, please let me know how it works for you.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Fabulous Hub. A fantastic "green" repellent. Love the recipe. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for useful.

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      Jodi Ralston 5 years ago from Missouri

      Thanks for the comment, healthylife2. I'm like you: I want to use as much natural products as possible.

      For me, this spray works as well as the commercial bug spray, which isn't 100% effective on me anyway. My blood type or something just attracts them. I've never found anything that prevents *all* bug bites, but this keeps most of them off me and I don't have to kill my lungs with DEET and I can reapply as often as I desire without fear of what it is doing to me.

      Usually, when I use this and do get mosquito bites, they are in out of the way places, like just under my shorts hem where I didn't spray.

      Oh, and my mother also likes to use it when she gardens to keep gnats off. I never had problems with gnats though.


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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I am also a mosquito magnet so will have to try this one. Did it work for you? I have shifted my lifestyle to use primarily all natural products when possible so need something to keep them away during my many walks this time of year.