With all the organic gardening, the state bird in our backyard is the mosquito. We have all different types, and some have the most painful bites we have ever experienced. Not to mention the spiders, gnats, aphids, snakes, stink bugs, water cockroaches (aka giant cockroaches that fly), moths, and so many other friends that gross me out. When I first saw some of the Georgia bugs, I thought they were small dogs or at least wondered why they were so big that they had their own zip code. At night you always turn on a light before entering a room so you don't get surprised by the bugs that might make a cameo.
Nope, Not in My House!
Bugs, You're NOT Welcome In My Home. Thank You Very Much!
The bugs are not welcome and we need to make our homes as unattractive as we possibly can so that they won't want to visit. We also want to make it child friendly and use the least amount of chemicals possible!
Essential Oil Bug Repellent Recipe
When I did my research on essential oils repelling bugs there were certain essential oils that were recommended repeatedly. For instance, anything with menthol effect like peppermint was mentioned so it made me think. When I go outside to water the garden in the heat of the day and rub peppermint essential oil on my body it helps because its cooling like icy hot. If you use too much or put it near your eyes you can hardly see and everything feels on fire. Imagine being as small as a little bug. All that peppermint power would make something that small burn up alive. So here's a great recipe to make your house and perimeter via the washable floors unattractive to the bugs.
As a side note you can mix just the essential oils listed below in a bowl and use cotton swabs to put this mixture around your doors to the outside, problematic areas, or base boards. I highly recommend this if you are leaving to go out of town for any length of time this summer.
What natural DIY recipes do YOU have for floor cleaner or bug repellent? We'd love to hear from you in the comments!
- 1 gallon hot water
- ¼ cup Murphy oil soap
- ¼ cup Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
- 4 drops essential oil - pine or a fir needle - use for sure if you choose the castile soap
- 4 drops essential oil - peppermint
- 4 drops essential oil - lavender
- 4 drops essential oil - orange
- 2 drops essential oil - cedarwood
- 2 drops essential oil - lemongrass
- 2 drops essential oil - tea tree
- Mix soaps and oils together in large bucket.
- Pour in hot water.
- Gently stir and use with mop