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Summertime is upon us, so is the great outdoors, AND so are the outdoor annoyances, ugh! We want to go camping and swimming and laking (is that a word?) this summer, without the worry of the unwanted flying things all over our skin.
Some people are naturally prone to attract bugs, and sadly, I am one of those people. And like all wonderful things we pass on to our kids, my kids are also prone. Thankfully, I've learned a few tricks, that help deter those bugs from wanting to land on our skin.
Even with most store-bought bug sprays removing the harmful ingredient DEET, from their products. There are still ingredients, like whatever ingredients hide in the "FRAGRANCE," that are toxic to our skin. Download the "Think Dirty" App and scan your products to see how they rank on the dirty scale. See one example below.
Natural Body Deterrent
Applying certain essential oils to the bottom of your feet everyday has been shown to alter the scent your body gives off so that bugs are no longer attracted to you. Why the bottom of your feet? The bottom of your feet are a pathway to the rest of your body. Covering your feet will send the oils to all the parts of your body. It's a great place to apply oils, especially on kids or people with sensitive skin.
Young Living's Purification blend contains: Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree. It is fantastic for all things ODOR related. Hello stale laundry and stinky husband shoes.
Apply 1 drop of Young Living Purification to the bottom of each foot, each day for 2-3 weeks before going outdoors.
Or, if you're like me, and always think of these things last minute, here is a wonderful spray filled with essential oils that bugs do not like. This spray works best if you reapply often, about every 1-2 hours. Depending on how much bugs love you. :)
Deterrent Spray Recipe:
- 4 oz. Small Spray bottle
- 10 drops Peppermint (where I get my oils)
- 10 Drops Purification blend
- 10 drops Thieves blend
- Pinch of Salt
- Witch Hazel
Add all the essential oils to the spray bottle. Fill half with witch hazel and half with distilled water. Shake well and apply over exposed skin every 1-2 hours while outdoors.
Pre-made Insect Repellent
Or, if you want to skip the DIY route, Young Living recently came out with a Natural Insect Repellent made with Sesame oil, Citronella oil, Lemongrass oil, Rosemary oil, Geranium oil , Spearmint oil, Thyme oil, and Clove oil premixed together.
Made with 100% naturally derived,
- Tested to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas and prevent bug bites
- Repels mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas naturally with 99 percent active ingredients, plus 1 percent vitamin E
- Formulated with essential oils traditionally recommended for their bug-repellent properties
- Formulated without DEET, parabens, fillers, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants
- Rubs easily into skin without a greasy or sticky finish
- Appropriate for use on children
- Vegan friendly
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I have been wanting to try out this recipe for a long time, but never seemed to have the time to do it, #reallife, until the day I completely ran out of dishwasher soap and it was well past store closing hours. I decided to gather up the ingredients in my house and see if I could pull it off.
Thankfully, I had all the ingredients from making my own laundry detergent a month ago and thought maybe dishwashing soap might have similar ingredients? Yay, it does! Almost all the same ingredients and way easy to make. I'm all about easy and homemade (do those contradict each other?). HAHA.
I also love this recipe because it has Thieves cleaner and lemon essential oil in it. Thieves cleaner is a plant-based concentrate that is infused with powerful essential oils. I'm all about keeping pesticides, synthetics and GMO's out of my products, even my essential oils. So, I make sure to only buy my oils from Young Living. BONUS, you could actually leave Thieves cleaner under your sink and not worry if your kid got into. I speak from experience. My 2-year old grabbed the cleaner from under our sink, unscrewed the top and dumped it all over her. Thankfully, it was Thieves cleaner, I didn't need to worry. It was completely free of harmful chemicals. Bonus, it costs less than $1 to fill an entire spray bottle with. What?? I can't find any organic cleaner on the market that cheap! Double Win!!
So, here is the recipe I used, it totally worked and I feel so domesticated now.
- 1 cup of Borax
- 1 cup of Washing Soda
- 1/2 cap full of Thieves Cleaner
- 10 drops of Lemon essential oil
- Almost 1 cup of Vinegar
In a large glass bowl, mix the Borax and Washing Soda together. In a glass measuring cup add Thieves Cleaner and Lemon essential oil. Fill the remainder with vinegar until you have 1 cup of liquid. Add the liquid mixture into the dry mix and whisk together… it will foam a little. Pour into ice cube trays and let them sit out for about two hours. I put them in the fridge until they firmed up. Store in air tight mason jars.
Do not overfill your ice cube trays so they will easily fit in your dishwasher soap tray. Add vinegar to your rinse cycle.