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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 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!

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