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« on: June 06, 2004 06:19:27 AM »

You have to try this for the summer! This bug repellent works because the ingredients are natural bug repellers. Plus, they don't smell bad like chemical repellers do!

Materials ( To make enough for one person for one time)
 Smiley 1/2 oz. of unscented body lotion
 Smiley 3 drops of eucalyptus oil
 Smiley 3 drops of peppermint oil
 Smiley 3 drops of citronella oil
           Huh You can find these items at a healthfood store. They only cost a few dollars, about $4-$9 would be my guess.
           Huh Double this like a recipie to make more.

Step By Step
1. Mix the body lotion and the drops in a bowl.
2. Lather it on your body before you go outside.

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 Grin You can give this to friends and family as gifts.
 Grin Recycled spray bottles (or new ones from the dollar store) make great containters for this mixture.
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2004 08:10:38 AM »

I bet you could use that recipe with sunblock instead of plain ol' lotion and get a twofer!

I saw a recipe in Esquire (of all random places) for another all natural bug spray, but instead of citronella it uses catnip...

HOW TO REPEL MOSQUITOES
Our expert: Ann Lovejoy, gardening queen and author

The ultimate scourge of any summer cookout? Not your brother-in-law after too much Jim Beam (though that may be horrible enough), but the dreaded mosquito. To show it you mean business, ditch the wussy citronella candles and get your hands on some catnip, as in the herb that sends your tabby into paroxysms of ecstasy. Its active ingredient, nepetalactone essential oil, is ten times more effective than deet, the industrial-strength compound in most repellents. Bonus: If you have an herb-loving cat, it'll be comfortably numb all summer.

Makes about three cups
2 cups catnip, stemmed
3 to 4 cups mild rice vinegar

Rinse catnip, roll lightly with a rolling pin, then place in a quart jar and soak with vinegar. Seal jar and store in a dark cupboard for two weeks, shaking jar lightly every day. Strain into a clean jar, seal, and refrigerate for up to a month unused. To use, spritz on exposed skin and around outdoor dining areas.


Has anyone tried/seen/read about anything like this before?
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2004 02:01:00 PM »

Those both sound interesting but wouldn't the one made with catnip have you smelling like vinager?
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2004 07:44:24 AM »

Those both sound interesting but wouldn't the one made with catnip have you smelling like vinager?

Actually, rice wine vinegar is very mild and slightly sweet, so that shouldn't be an issue.  If you used plain old vinegar, you'd be stinky for sure.  I bet you could substitute witch hazel if you're concerned.  And just infusing oil with the catnip might work well, too.  actually, now that I'm thinking about it, you could make a body spray with catnip to make a cooling bug repellent.  Here's a thread on that topic...

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5711.0
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2004 09:44:11 PM »

All your recipes sound good...gotta try them...I am trying to stay away from store bought chemical ridden bug sprays.  If they are bad enough to kill bugs...I am afraid of the effects they might have to us.
When I go camping I burn stinky incense sticks around the site to insure a bug free zone.
I also bought some citronella essential oil that I sprinkle in candles that I bring along too.     ~M
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2004 05:59:53 PM »

Those both sound interesting but wouldn't the one made with catnip have you smelling like vinager?

Actually, rice wine vinegar is very mild and slightly sweet, so that shouldn't be an issue.  If you used plain old vinegar, you'd be stinky for sure.  I bet you could substitute witch hazel if you're concerned.  And just infusing oil with the catnip might work well, too.  actually, now that I'm thinking about it, you could make a body spray with catnip to make a cooling bug repellent.  Here's a thread on that topic...

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5711.0

Great .. I don't know much about vinager lol. Now that I know that I wanna try this Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2004 09:22:41 PM »

just puting a fabric softener sheet in ur pocket works too i heard. haven't tried it yet, but.... i dunno. i was gonna say sumthing smart but couldn't think of anything. lol. happens all the time. grr. Lips sealed
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2004 05:34:10 AM »

just puting a fabric softener sheet in ur pocket works too i heard. haven't tried it yet, but.... i dunno.
Yes, one of the members on my mom's softball team does that. I don't know if it works, either, but the woman does it every game, so I guess it must do something.
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2004 09:32:35 AM »

just puting a fabric softener sheet in ur pocket works too i heard. haven't tried it yet, but....

That's funny, 'cause I've heard that things like perfume and cologne and smelly hair spray can actually attract mosquitos, and those fabric sheets have that same kind of artificial thing going.  Huh.
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2004 07:31:17 PM »

My Grandma taught me that trick.
The fabric softner sheet trick is mainly for bees, wasps, hornets, and flies. I use this trick (allergies) when I go camping. You put a sheet of Bounce Fabric Softner Sheets (I have never known if its brand specific, but I don't take chances) somewhere on your person and the little buggers veer away from you.
Because I am pregnant and live in a West Nile Virus area (a place where lots of mosquitoes and people get it [in NW PA]) I combined the Bounce sheet with spray on natural mosquito repellent.

I don't know if the dryer sheet will work against mosquitoes, and I'm too chicken to try. I do know that it works against bees, who are always after me... chasing me wherever I go.
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