It is Dengue Season once again, and one of our major concerns is not the non-availability of repellents, but where to get repellents that are effective and safe enough for babies and very young kids to use.
I have compiled some homemade mosquito and bug repellent solutions that you may want to try making in your own home. All you have to do is follow the recipes, and buy a couple of those little atomizers or even those home sprayers. Please note that I held off on recipes that call for essential oils since it is not really that affordable and available in our country.
Also you may want to exercise some caution in using on your infants as it would be a lot better if it is just sprayed on their clothes, stroller or bedding instead of directly spraying on their skin.
Here are some Natural DIY Baby-Safe Insect Repellent Sprays:
1. Super Strong But Natural Insect Repellant. WellnessMama.Com shared this recipe (which according to her is stinky at first application but will eventually smell better as the strong odor evaporates) made of Apple Cider Vinegar, Dried Herbs, and Rubbing Alcohol. Here is the link to the Procedure.
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2. Lemon Based-Insect Repellant – GMANews.Com shared this very easy-to-make spray recipe which you however have to spray every hour. It only costs P15.00 to make especially if you have old atomizers/spray bottles to use.Check out the procedure here.
3. Effective Baby Oil-Based, Filipino Invented and Home Tested Repellent Spray – This insect repellent spray shared by Casa Veneracion just uses ingredients that may already be available in your home: Baby Oil, Cloves, and Rubbing Alcohol. Four days to make but definitely worth it. Check out the instructions here.
Again, it is better to just SPRAY ON TO YOUR BABY’S CLOTHES instead of spraying directly onto their skin. The vinegar or rubbing alcohol may still irritate their skin.
Anyway, if going the DIY route is not for you, let me share with you a frugal way of getting an all-natural insect repellent that is safe for kids. This on-liter natural mosquito repellent is on sale via Lazada. Originally at P2500, it is now selling at half the price! Just use your old spray bottles or atomizers! Get it here. If you are not keen to the idea of spraying anti-mosquitoes even on clothes, then might as well get something like this.
So there you have it, apart from the usual advice of keeping surroundings clean, and throwing stagnant water away you may also want to try planning some herbs. Yes, if you have a pocket garden, a balcony, or even small spaces in your house where a pot or plant box could sit then plant these to help you get rid of mosquitoes: Citronella, Basil and Rosemary, Marigold, and Mint.
Stay healthy and safe mommies!
Here’s a video on a DIY natural mosquito repellent:
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