Monday, June 23, 2008

Safe Bug Spray for the Whole Family

I have been making bug spray. Mosquito repellent, more specifically. Not quite as odd as making other pesticides like maybe, home-made Raid.

I started making my own because I didn't want to expose my kids to all the toxins in the sprays that stores carry. I didn't think too much about the chemicals I was spraying on my children until I read the label on a Off Skintastic bottle. When I read that you were supposed to immediately wash it off with soap and water upon returning indoors, I suspected that it probably wasn't good for them.

That led to more research on the hazards of DEET and I decided to make my own non-toxic alternative. It's a combination of essential oils so it's safe and it smells nice. I am designing a small ad that will be on here at some point, but for now send me an email if you have an interest in ordering. It's priced at $10 plus3.50 shipping.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Skeeters, eh? How 'bout them there gnats? Will it keep them at bay, too?

Lisa said...

In theory it should work for gnats and biting flies. I haven't noticed any gnats around when I have had it on so I think it keeps them away. I did notice them before making the spray however.

thrice said...

I like the packaging.

S said...

I'll test it out in my garden in the late evening. My legs get chewed up everytime I'm out there trying to do some last minute work.

aep said...

I love it, love it, love it. Spent all day on the trail, reapplied twice....no bug bites!!

TexasLauren77 said...

I found your site via the BlogHer netword, and when I saw the bug repellant picture, you really caught my attention. I live in Austin, TX, and when I take my dogs out after work in the evening, the mosquitos around here have mistaken me for a free blood bank! It's a wonder I don't have west nile or malaria or some other creepy mosquito disease yet! Can you give me a general idea of what kinds of oils are in your spray? Not that I want to duplicate it, I just have allergies to lots of things, and would want to check first! Thanks! :)