You can make this spray in less than 2 minutes with all ingredients on hand.
¼ cup cheap vodka or witchhazel
30 drops Tea Tree Oil essential oil
20 drops Pine Needle essential oil
20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
30 drops Peppermint essential oil
40 drops Citronella essential oil
20 drops Rosemary essential oil
40 drops Sweet Orange or lemon essential oil
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sunflower lecithin or vegetable glycerin
Pour vodka or witchhazel into a 500 ml (2 cup/16 ounce) spray bottle. Add the essential oils. Add the lecithin. Cap and shake the bottle. The lecithin or glycerin helps the oils mix with the water. Fill the remainder of the bottle with cold water. Cap tightly. Shake well to combine. Shake before each use. Spray over skin, clothing, shoes, socks, or hair. This is safe for humans, dogs, cows, and sheep. Avoid using this with cats or pet rabbits.
If you want to use this for children under 5, half the amount of essential oils in the blend and only use 100 total drops. So instead of 30 drops of tea tree essential oil you’d only use 15 drops. Omit any oils that you or a family member has an allergy or sensitivity to.
These essential oils are effective against mosquitoes, flies, chiggers, and ticks.