Water & vinegar fly repellent

Updated July 20, 2017

Fly repellents normally are applied to skin or clothing to keep flies and other insects away. Because of this contact with skin or clothing, it is a good idea to try a natural alternative. Vinegar and water is an easy and popular homemade fly repellent.


To create a vinegar and water fly repellent, simply combine distilled or apple cider vinegar and water in equal parts in a spray bottle and spray yourself or pets as needed.


Many people add other ingredients to their vinegar and water repellents. A healthy squirt of dish detergent, Avon's Skin So Soft, garlic and other substances can be added to the concoction. Citronella, camphor and lavender essential oils also make good additions.


Using natural repellents, such as vinegar and water, has many benefits, including being easier on the pocketbook and normally having the items on hand. It also is better for health, and the home and global environment as there is no use of potentially harmful chemicals.

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Annie Kluza has been in the public-relations field since 1998, writing for clients in a number of markets and platforms. An avid traveler, she has published many travel articles, both online and in regional magazines such as "Magazine of Summerlin" and "205 South." Kluza holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications studies, magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.