There are lots of homemade mosquito repellents you can try.

Here are some recipes that you can make to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

The Basic Ingredients

  • Plate
  • Water
  • Dishwashing soap


Put some water on a plate. Squeeze a couple of drops of dishwashing soap. Use a lemon flavor whenever possible.

Just keep this near you. It will repel or kill mosquitoes that come by. This can be used in homes or when you go camping.

Using Catnip and Alcohol

For this repellent, you should combine catnip oil with grain alcohol.

Put this mixture in a spraying bottle. Just spray a small amount in the air to keep the insects away.

Other Homemade Mosquito Repellents

There are several other recipes you can make. Mix equal amounts of Listerine with water (hot or cool). Put them in a spray bottle and shake.

Apply some of it on your arms and legs. Mosquitoes won’t come near you because of the smell. A variation of this is the following.

Get some Listerine, cayenne pepper, and vanilla. Mix them and place them in the general area around you.

This isn’t applied to the skin. If this doesn’t work, gather some dry ice. Set them in your garden.

What makes dry ice work is the carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide draws in mosquitoes. Having dry ice means they’ll be drawn to it rather than towards you.

Baby Oil and Vitamin B Complex

Other homemade mosquito repellents you can try are baby oils and vitamin B complex.

Rub the baby oils around your arms and other body parts that are prone to insect bites. Some people also say taking vitamin B complex can keep the mosquitoes away.

Note: vitamins aside, excessive sugar intake could be another reason mosquitoes are attracted to you. Try to reduce the amount of sugar you consume and see if this works.

Lemongrass and Others

You can also try using fans. These can be used to keep mosquitoes away. Even the lowest settings can drive mosquitoes away.

Another recipe you can try is this one. Get some limes and grate the skin. Set this in a bottle and add half a cup of alcohol.

Leave it there for a couple of days. Before applying this homemade mosquito repellent, put it in the salad oil. Shake and strain before using.

You can also plant rosemary to keep mosquitoes away. This herb has a wonderful scent but mosquitoes don’t like it.

Another plant you can try is Thai lemongrass. You can use this in two ways. Set the pots near the garden seats or other areas you frequent.

You can also peel and crush it against your hands. Use the liquid as skin protection. Never try these if you have skin allergies of any sort.

Do not use any of these mixtures on open wounds or the eyes. Don’t apply any of these repellents to infants and small children. It may harm their skin.

Keep these in mind when using homemade mosquito repellents and you’re going to find one that works for you.