Travel Size Bug Spray {made with essential oil}

If you’ve been using essential oils for as long as I have, you’ve built up quite a stockpile of empty essential oil bottles.  I don’t like to waste anything, so I put them to good use.

 

I’ve turned those little bottles into all kinds of useful things: hand sanitizer, sleep spray, roller bottles, mattress refresher, homemade Febreeze, a car diffuser, and so much more. I’ve shared over 30 ideas & recipes for using empty essential oil bottles here.

 

And today, I’m sharing another of my favorite ways to use those awesome empty essential oil bottles — travel size bug spray!

 

It’s perfect for tucking in your purse.  Keep one in the car so it’s always handy.  Put one in every family member’s outdoor bag or backpack.  Use it for travel (at 15ml it’s well within TSA limits for liquids).  It’s the perfect on-the-go bug spray.

 

Use these homemade bug sprays to keep away all kinds of annoying pests — mosquitoes, flies, ticks, flies, gnats, spiders, no-see-ums, and more.

 

 

travel size bug spray from oneessentialcommunity.com -- four 15ml bottles of essential oil turned into travel size bug spray

 

 

How to Make Travel Size Bug Spray with Essential Oils

step 1:  remove drop reducer from 15ml essential oil bottle

tip:  A tool like the one in the photo below is really handy for removing the orifice reducers at the top of essential oil bottles.

tip:  This one came included with my 15ml spray tops I used to make the travel bug sprays, but you can also buy them separately.

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using essential oil bottle opener tool to remove drop reducer orifice from lemongrass essential oil bottle

 

 

step 2:  add about 1/4 teaspoon of a carrier oil

tip:  I like to use fractionated coconut oil for this because it’s clear, odorless, and absorbs quickly into skin.  Other carrier oils you could use instead include olive oil, apricot kernel oil, almond oil, or rosehip seed oil, among others.

tip:  if applying bug spray to clothes, you may to omit carrier oil so that it doesn’t stain clothes.

 

step 3:  8-10 drops of essential oil

tip:  You can use a single essential oil like lemon eucalyptus, cedarwood, or citronella, or make up a simple blend of a few essential oils to combat multiple types of pests from mosquitoes to flies to no-see-ums and ticks.  Find my favorite bug-repelling essential oil combinations below.

 

step 4: swirl the oils around in the bottle to help them mix

step 5:  fill the 15ml bottle with witch hazel

tip:  be sure to leave a little space at top so room to add spray top.  If you fill all the way to top of bottle and they add spray top, it will overflow.

 

step 6:  add a spray top

tip:  Be sure to get a spray top that’s specially made to fit 15ml essential oil bottles, otherwise it likely won’t fit properly on your bottle.

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adding spray top to 15ml bottle of Young Living cedarwood essential oil to turn it into homemade bug spray in convenient travel size

 

four 15ml essential oil bottles turned into travel size bug spray by adding spray tops - Young Living cedarwood with orange spray top, doTERRA lemongrass with yellow spray top, Plant Therapy lemon eucalyptus with green spray top added, and Pant Therapy citronella with coordinating green spray top added

 

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step 7 (optional):   add a label

get free printable label here

tip:  You can print this label on full-sheet label paper or do what I do and print the label on regular printer paper and attach it to the spray bottle with packing tape.  It’s cheap and easy to do.  Plus, I find that the labels stay on better using packing tape than with regular label paper, and the packing tape protects the label really well, which keeps the labels looking great for a long time.

 

three 15ml essential oil bottles turned into travel bug spray by adding spray tops -- this post includes link to free printable labels for the homemade bug spray

 

 

Best Essential Oils to Keep Bugs Away

Do you have an almost empty bottle of essential oil?  Turn it into a travel bug spray.  Lemon Eucalyptus and citronella work best, but there are a lot of good options for essential oils to keep bugs away this summer.  See the list below for ideas.  Just add about 1/4 teaspoon of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil to the almost empty bottle, swirl the oil around to mix with the essential oil, then top off with witch hazel.  That’s it.  You’ve just made bug spray.

  • lemon eucalyptus
  • citronella
  • lemongrass
  • cedarwood
  • lavender
  • geranium
  • rosemary
  • eucalyptus
  • peppermint
  • spearmint
  • sweet orange

Read more about these bug-repelling essential oils here to learn which bugs they’re best at repelling.  Plus find lots of recipes for using each oil to keep away spiders out of your home, ants out of the kitchen, how to make moth balls, how to keep flies away, how to get rid of fruit flies, and much more.

 

Essential Oil Recipes for Travel Size Bug Spray

There are 12 variations of travel bug spray blends below.  Choose the one that you like best for your bug spray.

Use in the travel size bug spray recipe above (1/4 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil, 8-10 drops essential oil, then fil 15ml bottle with witch hazel)

  • 2 drops geranium + 3 drops lavender + 1 drop patchouli + 2 drops lemongrass + 2 drops citronella
  • 3 drops lemongrass + 3 drops eucalyptus + 4 drops citronella
  • 4 drops lavender + 4 drops lemongrass + 2 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops rosemary + 4 drops cedarwood + 2 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops lavender + 2 drops basil + 2 drops rosemary + 3 drops spearmint
  • 3 drops eucalyptus + 4 drops lavender + 3 drops lemongrass
  • 5 drops lavender + 5 drops citronella
  • 4 drops lavender + 2 drops geranium+ 4 drops cedarwood
  • 6 drops lemon eucalyptus + 4 drops lavender
  • 5 drops geranium + 5 drops spearmint
  • 2 drops geranium + 3 drops citronella + 1 drop patchouli + 2 drops lemon eucalyptus + 2 drops spearmint
  • 3 drops citronella + 4 drops lemon eucalyptus + 1 drops patchouli + 2 drops lavender

 

 

Tips for Using

  • oils and water don’t mix, so be sure to shake the bug spray before you use it
  • avoid spraying on face
  • avoid touching eyes and mouth if you have bug spray on your fingers
  • apply as often as you need it

 

 

More Great Ways to Use Essential Oils to Keep Bugs Away

 

 

supplies for making homemade bug srpay -- essential oil, witch hazel, fractionated coconut oil, spray tops, and free printable labels

 

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