Natural Bug::Tick Spray

Here in the northwoods, I’ve been dreading bug season now that I have little ones.  I can’t stand the thought of having to put harsh chemicals on them everyday just so they can go outside. And my hope is that they will be outside every day!  Little boys, trees, and sunshine!  {aka, mama gets some peace and quiet and a clean house some sewing time.}  As I’ve searched for a bug/tick solution, I’ve seen several easy concoctions that I’m very excited about.  Here’s what we’ve been using around here lately to deter unwanted bloodsucking creatures.
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Vinegar+Water+Essential Oil

Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  You can just use this but you will smell a bit like an Easter egg.  I don’t mind the smell of vinegar, but if you do throw in some of your favorite essential oil.  Eucalyptus, peppermint, or lemongrass are good options since they deter bugs.  The amount of essential oil is up to you.  How strong do you like it?  20 drops?  1 tsp?  You don’t have to be exact!

Witch Hazel+Essential Oil

Pour witch hazel in a spray bottle and add essential oils.  They make citronella oil that you can use, but I would throw in an additional oil like peppermint, eucalyptus, or lemongrass just to hide the citronella smell a bit.  Again, the amount of oils is up to you.  Throw in  a tsp of each, take a sniff and decide if you like it.

log spray

Before the family heads out, give everyone a spray!  And hey, those essential oils just might take you to a happy relaxed place.  No more strung out mama!  {But then again, we are never strung out are we?  **winky winky**}

About Ingrid Barlow

Ingrid Barlow is hard working crafter with 2 little boys.


  1. Thank you THANK YOU! I live in the country and ticks are so freaky. A strange tick even took out my lil pup a couple of years ago. I worry all the time about keeping the creepers off my babies!

  2. Please don’t use essential oils on pets unless told it is okay to do so by a veterinarian. Essential oils can be toxic and cause central nervous problems and liver failure, among other signs. A few drops of some of the oils aren’t always a big deal but it depends on the type of oil and the species.
    -Signed, a veterinary technician trained in toxicology

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