Non-toxic mosquito repellents for summer nights

When the mosquitos are cramping your style this summer and covering your kiddos in chemicals isn’t your thing, it’s time to seek out more natural options. While DEET is technically still legal according to the EPA, there is a long list of precautions to be aware of. These non-toxic mosquito repellent ideas are good alternatives to help keep your family bug-free for the rest of the summer!

Plant a container garden

Turn your yard into a lush, mosquito-free oasis with a mosquito repellent container garden. Filled with insect repelling lemongrass, citronella, mint and lavender, this option will keep your yard smelling beautiful while keeping those bugs away.

All-natural mosquito repellent stickers

Hit up Amazon Prime and order a package of toddler-friendly mosquito repellent stickers that will arrive before the upcoming weekend’s adventures. Made with citronella and lemon extract, these stickers will keep the bites at bay while your littles enjoy the great outdoors.

DIY chemical-free bug spray

Take matters into your own hands with DIY chemical-free bug spray. Made from essential oils (a combo of geranium, citronella, lemon, lavender and rosemary), you won’t feel bad about spraying your children with this. With this spray, your biggest worry will be getting your kids to stand still long enough to be sprayed down.

Shake it off

Before you host your next BBQ, give this all-natural powder for your yard a try. My family recently discovered it and we were amazed by how well it worked. Plus, I felt good about my son and his buddies running around in the grass since it’s made with citronella, garlic, cedar and lemon oil.


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This story originally published on July 11, 2018. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

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