Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mosquito Repellent Experiment (Updated 7/5/14!)

It's a must in my backyard to use mosquito repellent.  They are wicked.  I found some natural inspect repellent which worked great but it gave hubby a headache if he got near it.  So I gave it away.  A lot of the natural recipes I have come across have the same combination of ingredients hubby found so offensive so I haven't bothered trying them.

I found a natural mosquito repellent recipe on facebook that simply uses rubbing alcohol, whole cloves and oil and finally got around to making some.  It's in the "steep" stage now and will be ready to try out on Monday.

I cut the original recipe way down because if this doesn't work, it's just a waste of all the ingredients.

1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol in a jar with lid
1/8 cup of whole cloves

Let steep for 4 days, strain, add 1/8 cup mineral oil and pour in spray bottle.

I figured it was a fun, easy, inexpensive experiment to do.  The mosquitoes drive trucks around here so anything is worth a try.

I'll update this post once it's been tested against the bloodsucking fiends!

Update:  The mosquito repellent experiment is a success!  I had nary a skeeter buzzing around, except near my head as usual cause I don't put stuff on my face. I did, however, attract a very curious iridescent green fly hovering and staring at me.  It was weird.  I am definitely pleased with the results!

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