Are you delicious to mosquitoes? I'm not, but my wife is like crack to the little bloodsuckers! We've tried almost everything to keep her from getting eaten alive on a warm summer night. All the store bought serious chemical stuff just seems so bad for you and something more gentle like "Skin So Soft" doesn't seem to do enough. I've heard that if you eat a lot of garlic the smell you emit with keep the mosquitoes off you, but you have to eat a ton of it and you smell like garlic. I've also tried the companies that come out and spray your yard with a chemical that repels bugs. It works, but it's expensive and from what I've been told it's mostly garlic water. So I thought could I make my own?

So I started looking for options. Here's what I've found.


  • One 16 oz. bottle mint-flavored mouthwash
  • 3 cups Epsom salt
  • 3 stale 12 oz. beer

Put it all in a bowl, mix it up and spray it on our lawn. People that use it say it works for a month or two. They also recommend getting lavender Epsom salt if you can find it. Cheap beer works best so don't sacrifice your good stuff.


  • 2 oz. water (normal or distilled)
  • 2 oz. apple cider vinegar
  • 20-55 drops of Bug Off Oil (depending on the level of protection you need)

Mix it up and spray it on your yard every seven weeks or more. Since it's all natural you can spray it on yourself....however you're going to smell like vinegar.


  • 3 oz. vodka (or a combination of witch hazel and distilled water)
  • 20 drops citronella essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops catnip essential oil
  • 5 drops thyme essential oil
  • 3 drops neem oil

This one has more ingredients, but it also has a great smell. Don't get too bogged down in exact measurements and feel free to experiment with different essential oils.

Find out more info here.