How to Make Insect Repellent

Written by amy lukavics
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How to Make Insect Repellent
You can buy bug repellent at the store -- or make it at home. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

There are many chemical-based insect repellents available for purchase in stores, but using a homemade repellent is more natural, smells better and works just as well. Many people do not know that flying insects, including mosquitoes, gnats and midges, are naturally repelled by various herbs and plants. Vanilla extract is highly effective in repelling flying insects and smells pleasant when you spray it on your skin.

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Things you need

  • Vanilla extract
  • Plastic spray bottle

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  1. 1

    Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract to an empty plastic spray bottle.

  2. 2

    Fill the bottle with water, screw on the top and shake well.

  3. 3

    Spray the mixture over your skin. Refrain from rubbing it in and let it air dry instead.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you are using real vanilla extract instead of an imitation extract.

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