Make Homemade Insect Repellent for Babies

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Babies are so delicate. We do not want to let them be attacked by biting insects. Nonetheless, we do not want them to be exposed to harmful chemicals from insect repellent sprays that are available on the market. We need mild sprays to repel those insects, without those chemicals that might cause harm to our babies.

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We can make homemade insect repellents out of essential oils. The spray, made of essential oils, is safe even for babies. But we have to make sure not to put in too much of the essential oils, because it could also cause an allergic reaction or burning sensation on the delicate skin of your baby.

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You should, as with any product, check with your baby's pediatrician to see if this homemade spray is safe for your baby.

Before applying this spray, try it out first on one small part of the baby's skin and see how the skin reacts.

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Homemade Insect Repellent for Babies

The essential oils needed to make insect repellent for babies are the same essential oils we make use of to make insect repellent spray for adults. The essential oils that we can use are citronella oil, lemongrass, eucalyptus, lemon and cedar essential oils. We also need a carrier, like alcohol or oil but the alcohol might be too strong on a baby's skin, so we have to use oil instead, like witch hazel oil and grapeseed oil.

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Ingredients:

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    35 drops citronella essential oils
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    20 drops eucalyptus essential oils
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    15 drops lemon essential oils
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    15 drops lemongrass essential oils
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    15 drops cedar essential oils
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    1 ounce witch hazel
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    1 ounce grape seed oil
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Procedure:

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    In a spray bottle, combine all the ingredients.
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    Shake well before use.
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    Spray on arms and feet.
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Insect Repellent

Another homemade bug spray recipe makes use of mixed essential oils, four thieves oil or neem oil, and mixed in vodka and apple cider vinegar.

Ingredients:

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    1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
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    1/8 cup vodka or witch hazel
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    1/8 cup water
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    80 drops of mixed essential oils, four thieves oil or neem oil
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Procedure:

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    Mix all the ingredients on a bowl or directly in a spray bottle.
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    Shake it well then spray on the skin.
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    You need to reapply it every one to two hours.
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Procedure How to Invent a Insect Repelant

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    Mosquitoes repellent are designed to be a disturbance to mosquitoes.
    They have properties that makes the mosquito repel. They can be in the form of lotions but mostly sold as aerosol. If the essential oil is mix with water the essential oil will break so you need to reapply the oil repellent into your skin. But applying essential oil must not be overdone because it will irritate the skin.
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    There is a way on how repellent repel mosquitoes.
    Because the method of mosquitoes is that they use their antennae to locate warm-blooded animals. The antennae has chemical receptors. This chemical receptors sense where the lactic acid is, which warm-blooded animals emit. If you use repellent that contains DEET, the lactic acid will evaporate.
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Materials:

  • 1/3 cup witch hazel or cheap vodka
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 5 drops of citronella or eucalyptus essential oil
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  • Funnel
  • Spray bottle

Preparation Time: Few minutes

Steps:

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    Put the funnel into the bottle and pour the liquid ingredients.
    Shake it. And you now have a bug repellent. A precaution is that this solution is not waterproof.
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Mosquito Repellent with Coconut Oil

  • 4 tbsp. of melted coconut oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint oil
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  • 10 drops citronella oil
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  • 10 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass oil
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  • 10 drops lavender oil[ [[Image:Lavender.png|center|300px]]
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    Once the coconut oil became liquid, pour the essential oils.
    You can adjust the essential oils but the important part is the lemongrass oils and citronella oil. The proportion should be 50 drops per 4 tablespoon. Coconut oil contains spf of 4 to 6. So the repellent can also prevent sunburn but the desirable amount is the higher spf.
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Mosquito Repellent

For the materials you will need:

  • Bay leaves,
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    rosemary,
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    eucalyptus, and lavender
  • Double boiler pan
  • Vegetable oil

Procedure:

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    Boil the ingredients in a double boiler pan with vegetable oil.
    You boil these for 30 minutes. Do not overcook. Cover the double boiler pan.
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    Put the herbs in a cheesecloth.
    Squeeze it to extract the essential oils.
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    You may add other ingredients that will put aroma to the repellent.
    These products may be eucalyptus oil or citrus fruits.
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Benefits of Homemade Mosquito Repellent

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    Easy to produce.
    The method of making the mosquito repellent is easy to do and takes few minutes. It is not a complicated cooking method.
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    Safe to use.
    Even it is not processed it still safe. Ingredients are natural and procedure done was for safe use. It has no side effect. Unlike the chemical ingredients that has some side effects.
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    The ingredients and procedure is affordable.
    You can pick the herbs in your garden. The ingredients are also few so you don't have to spend a lot. There is not required expensive ingredients and equipments. You can get the materials from the kitchen.
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Herbs for Specific Insects

  • If you get herbs as repellent there are specific herbs that works best on a certain insect. These are as follows:
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    Fleas citronella, orange, tea tree oil, lemongrass
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    Mosquitoes thyme, lemon eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint
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    Ticks juniper, grapefruit, rose geranium
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  • Along with the specific essential oils, you may add soybean oil, vanilla extract, neem oil, and vodka.

Procedure:

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    Pour 2 ounces of boiled water in a 4 oz spray bottle.
    Then add 50 to 75 drops of essential oils. The essential oils should be under 15% in ratio to the boiled water. For moisturizing effect you may add jojoba oil. When you fill the bottle do not fill it completely because you need to shake the bottle.
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Essential Oil Insect Repellent Spray

  • 1.5 ounces witch vodka or hazel
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
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  • 2 ounces boiled or distilled water
  • 30 drops citronella essential oil
  • 1 tsp. of jojoba oil
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    (optional, if you add this only put 1 ounce of witch hazel or vodka)
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    Mix 50 - 75 drops of essential oils to the vodka or witch hazel.
    Pour this into a dark bottle and shake well. Avoid letting this solution get into your eyes. Reapply every 2 hrs. or when needed. Keep away from sunlight or other forms of heat. You can also spray this to your pets.
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    If you've been bitten by insect treatment would be:
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    Rub apple cider vinegar to the bite.
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    Apply ice cube to the bite.
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    Apply lemon slice to the bitten area.
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    A slice of onion will remove the pain in the bitten area of the insect.
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Bug Repellent for Baby Roses

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    Spray insecticidal soap to the plant.
    This will kill the spider mites. And a fungicidal solution will remove powdery mildew. When you spray insecticidal soap, apply it at cool temperature because when it is evaporated it is no longer effective.
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    Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap, cayenne pepper and 1 quart of water.
    Don't dilute before you spray to plants.
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    Spray cold water on the leaves to remove aphids.
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    To get rid of white-flies, mix rubbing alcohol, 1 tbsp.
    of liquid soap, water in a spray bottle. Spray this to the foliage of the plant.
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    Mix water and dish-washing detergent and then spray or wipe this to the leaves of baby roses.
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    A naturally occurring insect like lady beetles will eat aphids.
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    You may use soapy emulsion, alcohol spray, or horticultural oil.
    Although horticultural oil is not applied to other plants like black walnut trees and to plants with blue foliage like blue hosta. This will make the plant green instead of their original blue color. When the plant is near to become wilted you must water it first before spraying horticultural oil. To make the horticultural oil more effective, you must mix baking soda to it. If you add oil to the horticultural oil the percentage must be the recommended amount because too much content will damage the leaves. Spray even the corners and hidden parts of the leaf because the insects may hide there.
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    The best time to spray is at cool time.
    The temperature is at 40 degrees to 90 degrees. And it is not windy. But when the plant is infested with many insect then water the plant to remove them then spray only at the right time.
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    Oils and soaps are good in sucking spider mites, scale, and aphids.
    But is not effective in adult chewing insects like beetles and caterpillars. Soaps react physically and not chemically to insects. Soaps disrupts the membranes. And oils protects the plant from contamination of diseases caused by fungus.
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Tip:

  • Use lavender, lemon, sweet orange, or tea tree oils, as these are most commonly safe for babies. (Bear in mind that even the ones which are the least likely to cause an allergic reaction can still do so.)
  • Do not make use of peppermint oil.
  • Instead of spraying, we can also cover the baby's skin. Clothes with long sleeves or long pants and blankets can be used to protect babies.
  • We can also make use of mosquito net to protect them while they are asleep.
  • Do not just rely on sprays to keep off insects.
  • Always inquire with your baby's pediatrician about what is safe for your baby.

Warnings

  • Before you make use of any spray or rub and use it over an infant's entire body, it is always best to use an allergy test.
  • Take a small amount of the spray or lotion and rub it on the baby's hand or inside their elbow.
  • Wait 24 hours to be sure that there are no red marks or raised bumps before you use the lotion on your baby.

Questions and Answers

What is the best baby food to buy?

I'm looking for ideas on the best baby food for my kiddo.

The best things you can feed your baby will always be fresh vegetables and home cooked foods. For kids who have graduated from puree to finger food, tofu, zucchini, peaches, and other soft foods are ideal.

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You can include cereals and fruits in your child's meal, but should avoid citrus fruits such as oranges and pineapples when babies are first starting out. The acids in these fruits can cause tummy problems for them, and some ethnicities are more likely to be allergic to these fruits. Berries should also be avoided, as they are a more common allergen than fruits such as apples and bananas.

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If you want to buy a pre-made baby food, look for brands that use only fresh ingredients with no added sugar or preservatives.

For a more complete list of what you should feed your baby, please read our article on how to introduce your baby to solid foods, which not only has some great suggestions on what to feed, but also discusses how to get your baby started on these foods.

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She is allergic to coconut and pineapple and has a very sensitive skin?

Oil blend that is safe for infants

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I am from Myanmar (Burma). I want to try to make homemade mosquito repellent for my preschool kids?

My question is can I mix baby oil and lemongrass oil?

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Its listed to include eucalyptus but I don't think that is safe for babies?

Eucalyptus isn't safe for infants? Correct? This recipe includes it. I have tried: Eucalyptus is dangerous for infants so why is it in this recipe, it will alter their breathing?

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I have a 9 month old. I wanted to make a mosquito repellent for our trip to Belize, and want to know the ingredients best to use?

I want to make a mosquito repellent for our trip to Belize, and want to know the ingredients best to use?

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How to make easy insect repellent?

We are infested with fruit flies and insects in Mumbai (India) due to weather..

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Can concoct help as a mosquito repellent?

He keeps getting bit by mosquitoes repeatedly so of course this means he has no way of getting insect repellent. I was trying to think of something he could mix together from the items at hand or what he may be allowed to get from commissary. Thank you.. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: Mosquitoes

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How to create an insect repellent safe for infant?

I have a few essential oils like lavender, peppermint, lemon but I don't have witch hazel oil. Can I use them to create insect repellent with water only?

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Mosquito repellent- home made, I've a daughter of 1.5 years, I need a repellent which is very natural, and no chemical should be mixed in it?

I've a daughter of 1.5 years, I need a repellent which is very natural, and no chemical should be mixed in it. I'm from India

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