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Handmade Mosquito Repellent

As Australians, we’re no strangers to the constant buzz of mosquitoes and sandflies during the summer months. While there are plenty of effective repellents available on the market, there may be times when you find yourself in need of a quick homemade solution. Here are some tips on how to make a homemade repellent to offer temporary relief when you can’t get your hands on one of the local’s products. 

Essential Oil

One of the easiest and most effective handmade mosquito repellents is a simple mixture of essential oils. Mix 10-12 drops of essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, or tea tree oil with 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil. Apply the mixture to your skin, being careful to avoid sensitive areas such as the eyes and mouth. 


Another option is to make a repellent spray using vinegar and essential oils. Simply mix equal parts of water and vinegar and add 10-12 drops of essential oils. Shake well and spray onto your skin or clothing. The vinegar will help to repel mosquitoes and sandflies, while the essential oils will provide a pleasant scent. 


If you’re in a pinch and don’t have any essential oils or vinegar on hand, you can try rubbing a freshly cut lemon or lime onto your skin. The citric acid in the fruit will help to repel mosquitoes and sandflies. 

While these handmade mosquito repellent solutions may not be as effective as a commercial repellent, they can provide temporary relief when you’re in a bind. However, it’s important to note that these solutions may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin or allergies. If you’re unsure about using a homemade repellent, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional or seek out a reliable commercial product. 

At The Locals, we understand the importance of effective and safe repellents. Our products are specially formulated to provide long-lasting protection against mosquitoes and sandflies, so you can enjoy the great outdoors without the nuisance of these pesky insects. Check out our shop to get your hands on a repellent that will keep your safe and secured.  

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