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How To: DIY Cheap & Green All-Bug Spray

DIY Cheap & Green All-Bug Spray

Who likes getting bit by bugs? Swatting flies? Getting gnats out of eyes and off your white summer clothing? No one, and specifically to this blog post, ME! I am a living sugar-watered, sweet-skinned, bug buffet in the summertime. Bugs will come from miles around to bite me, and even wearing expensive bug spray FULL of chemicals, I come home with red welts all over! Enter The Queen of Clean. My hero (after you, Martha). If you don't have any of her books, I suggest the 3-in-1 (shown here) "How the Queen Cleans Everything" by Linda Cobb. Although bug spray isn't exactly cleaning anything, Mrs. Cobb's books are all about easy cleaning and household solutions, and since there is a section about gardens, picnics, and general summertime cleaning fiascoes, there's a small section on homemade bug spray! This is her recipe.
This is the only bug-spray that has ever worked wonders, and not only that, it seems to last longer than regular Off (the high-powered chemical I used to spray on myself!), is safe for my kids, and protects from ALL bugs, not just mosquitoes!
Tools: any-size spray bottle (I used our hair-cutting spray bottle, you can get these at the $1 store)
White Vinegar
This is easy: pour vinegar into spray bottle, when outside, spray liberally over entire body, even face and hair (make sure you shut your eyes, though!:)
Although vinegar stinks, the smell remains for less than 10 seconds, and then there is absolutely no odor, enjoy hours outside without the pests!
Would you rather see pictures of my adorable little girl smiling? Click ME.
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Chimera Crochet said…
Really? You have tried this and it works? I'm definitely game to try it this summer! I hate bugs and chemicals. I already use vinegar on my hair in the shower, so why not coat myself when I go outside?

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