Natural Mosquito Repellant

Doesn't that picture just make you itch?

Three of us neighborhood moms were sitting at a neighbor's house and were griping about the mosquitoes that kept attacking us mercilessly. One friend was showing off the massive bite that her 3yr old had been sporting for several days.

One neighbor asks why we didn't just put vinegar on. Um...What? I looked at her like she was crazy too.

Apparently both vinegar and lemon juice repel mosquitoes.

Honestly. I didn't believe her. Despite all of her wonderful advice, I though maybe she was starting to go crazy. I'd tried EVERYTHING to no avail in the past! I was in the process of trying out the new Off Clip on that they gave me. I found it works well...if. I'll discuss that later, though.

Despite my disbelief, I went ahead and doused just my arms (which had mosquitoes swarming) in the vinegar, but I left my legs and feet exposed. (I had to do some sort of testing here.) My arms didn't see another mosquito for the rest of the day. My legs and feet? Let's just say I'm itching...a LOT!

Today, I put vinegar on all the kids and myself. So far, we've remained bite-free all day.

I've not tried the lemon juice, but she said it works as well.

For ease of use, put the vinegar in a spray bottle and just spray it on. That's what we did today!

I know what you're thinking. Why on EARTH would I voluntarily walk around smelling like vinegar? You won't. Once vinegar dries, it is odorless. I have been using it as a rinse on my hair for months and my hair doesn't smell like vinegar. I also had a friend smell my arm today. She confirmed that I didn't smell like anything; let alone vinegar.

Don't you love learning a new, healthier, MUCH cheaper and simpler way of doing things?



Cynthia said...

Is that apple cidar vinegar or white vinegar?

Luke Holzmann said...

That is great to know... though I hope vinegar dries quickly because I hate the smell...


Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Cynthia-I used white vinegar. I don't know if ACV would work as well or not. I've heard lemon juice also works.

Luke-It does dry quickly. :-)


Amber @ Classic Housewife said...

Peppermint oil and cinnamon oil work, too (For a few years I've been using a green brand of repellent that uses those two together and I've seen some other brands coming out with a safe spray that uses one or the other or both.)
I bet you could mix up your own with some essential oils and vinegar and spray it on so it smells more pleasant during the spraying process. Of course, you'd smell like cinnamon for a while. ;)

all in the family said...

My cleaner for the house is 3/4 vingegar, the rest water and tea tree oil drops (esp the kitchen). I will spray it on me now for a repellant! Thanks

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

I don't see smelling like cinnamon as a bad thing, Amber!

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Southern Belle,

Glad you found it useful!