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Use Vodka and Lavender as a Mosquito Insect Repellent Spray When Gardening or Outdoor Sports

Updated on October 21, 2013
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Lavender is Marlene’s favorite scent. She grows lavender on her urban farm, using lavender as a stress reliever and in fun lavender crafts.

Use Vodka With Lavender

My lavender plant.
My lavender plant. | Source

Vodka and Lavender - Great Mosquito Repellents

Being outdoors, tending to my garden is a great joy. But, along with the joy of gardening comes the agony of pests. In particular, mosquitoes are the pests that bug me the most. I am against using harsh chemicals in my garden and on my body, so using repellents containing chemicals known to be adverse to the environment are off my list.

I went online to search for an eco-friendly solution to my dilemma and found several viable solutions. The solution that caught my interest most was the use of vodka as a mosquito repellent.

Here is what I found -- You can place vodka in a spray bottle and spray the vodka directly onto your skin. It works excellently to protect against mosquito bites.

Lavender is one of my favorite scents, however mosquitoes do not like the scent of lavender. That's great! So I started growing lavender in my garden to help ward off mosquitoes. It works well enough, but it only works when I am near the lavender plants. I read how one person adds fragrant plants to the vodka in order to add a little fragrance to the spray. I figured if I add lavender to my vodka spray it would be a doubly powerful repellent, not to mention it would contain my favorite fragrance.

To add lavender fragrance to the vodka repellent, you want to do the following: Fill a mason jar almost to the brim with vodka. Add lavender buds to fill the jar to the top. Let this mixture sit for about three weeks. Keep the jar in sight so that you can remember to shake it up to mix the lavender oils with the vodka. When the vodka and lavender solution is ready, strain the lavender buds from the vodka. Pour the lavender scented vodka solution into a spray bottle. Discard the lavender buds. Pour any leftover solution back into a clean jar and store with a tight sealing lid.

Spray the vodka and lavender solution onto your body to ward off mosquitoes and enjoy being outdoors again, mosquito free!

© 2011 Marlene Bertrand

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    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hello Suzanne Day. I have heard that the mosquitoes in Australia can be really troublesome. I hope this works for you and your friends.

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      Suzanne Day 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      What a great idea for a handy home hint to repel mozzies! I can't stand the little critters biting me at summer BBQs and I'll be passing this around to my Australian mates ;)

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hello colorfulone. You could actually use the vodka without the lavender, but the lavender ads an extra scent that adds an extra layer of protection. I like to think of it like this: The vodka keeps mosquitoes from stinging; the lavender keeps them from wanting to sting in the first place. It's worth trying.

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      Susie Lehto 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      Who would have ever though to use vodka as a mosquito repellent! But, would that be considered alcohol abuse? ;)

      I might try it, the mosquitoes were terrible here last year during the summer. I had even gotten mosquito netting clothing to help ward them off so I could spend time outdoors without wearing DEET.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      Good idea Margaret Schindel. Mix up a batch toward the end of winter to let it steep and be ready for the little critters come spring.

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      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks very much, Marlene! Fortunately the mosquitoes are pretty quiet at the moment with near-freezing temps, but I've bookmarked this for the Spring thaw for sure. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hello Adventuretravels. I like your way of thinking! If it doesn't work as a mosquito repellent, use it as a refreshing drink. Right?! I honestly can't say that it will work against midges. But, like you said, it couldn't hurt.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hi Margaret Schindel. Mosquitoes love me too! I can't seem to escape them unless I am wearing something that deters them. This simple solution works really well. The Vodka alone will work even without the lavender scent. But, if you are like me and need a little extra boost, then since mosquitoes do not like the scent of lavender, you get an extra layer of protection. I can't say for sure, but it seems logical that the lavender essential oil should work just as well as placing the plant in the Vodka. In fact, I think it would render your repellent useful right away instead of having to wait for the oil to be infused from the plant. Oh, I do hope this works for you.

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      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Marlene, I, too, hate using toxic chemicals, especially on my skin! Mosquitoes love me - they find me even in the dead of winter - so I definitely want to try this. I don't think I can grow lavender successfully (we don't get direct sun and are in New England), but I do have pure essential lavender oil that I use for making metal clay jewelry. Do you think adding some pure essential lavender oil to the vodka would work? Thanks again for sharing this wonderful, gentle, eco-friendly insect repellent recipe!

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      Giovanna 

      5 years ago from UK

      I shall certainly try this the next time I'm in Scotland -I wonder if it works with midges! If not no harm done I love the smell of lavender and I rather enjoy a vodka and orange in the evenings! Thanks for the tip.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hello Benjamin Chege. I have to admit I was amazed at how well this solution works. I don't drink Vodka, so I actually had to go out to buy a bottle, but it was worth it for how well it works to ward off mosquitoes.

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      Benjamin Chege 

      6 years ago

      Hi Marlene B. That is what I call awesome!! It is incredible that Vodka and Lavender is all you need to repel mosquitoes. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. I have to try this.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi Rajan, yes. If someone is in a pinch for a mosquito repellant and have some vodka handy, they can make a mosquito repellant that works. And, by the way, thank you for your compliment on the vegetable website.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very interesting and useful. I had no idea these could be used for repelling mosquitoes.

      Marlene, I checked your gardening site. It is a very impressively laid out with a lot of useful stuff. I wish you the best in your efforts here.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Ha ha ha ha! alocsin, you are so funny... but correct. Vodka may be more expensive, but on a day when you don't want to run out and buy mosquito repellent - or you don't want the common chemicals found in mosquito repellents, and you happen to have a bottle of vodka hanging around, that bottle of vodka is something you can use to make an effective mosquito repellent and save the day.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This sounds like an interesting concoction. But isn't vodka more expensive than just buying a mosquito repellant from the store? Anyway, voting this up and useful.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hello Lyn.Stewart, yeah I know what you mean. I don't keep vodka around the house, but when I heard about how it helps ward off mosquitoes I had to go purchase a bottle just for that purpose. I don't know how, but it does work. By the way, thank you for your comment.

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      Lyn.Stewart 

      7 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      voted up, interesting and useful. I will definitely be giving this a try as soon as have the vodka. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hi TheListLady. It REALLY works. The vodka has no scent, so adding the lavender makes the spray fragrant.

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      TheListLady 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Oh, I will try this. I need sun but often sitting in the yard means mosquitoes. Thanks a million! Yay~

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Interesting, indeed. But, the best part of all is that it really does work. Thank you, shin_rocka04 for visiting my hub.

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      shin_rocka04 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      I've heard of lavender being a good insect repellent but never thought of using vodka. That is very, very interesting.

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