Protect your home with a non-toxic natural solution that’s effective against pesky insects
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Whether you have sensitive skin or are taking care of young children at home, it's a good option to use bug repellents made with natural ingredients such as essential oils.

You can also keep your home free from various pests using a DEET-free bug spray made with non-toxic ingredients like cedar oil.

As a bonus, natural products like DIY bug repellents and bug sprays are environmentally friendly because they don't contain harmful synthetic chemicals and pesticides. (h/t to

Natural ingredients that help repel bugs

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires most skin-applied insect repellants to be registered for both human safety and effectiveness, the agency has also categorized some natural ingredients as minimum-risk pesticides. Keep in mind that while these ingredients are safe for human use, the EPA does not evaluate them for effectiveness.

If you are a prepper, here are some natural ingredients that you can use to make DIY bug sprays or repellents for your home and yard:

Citrus oils

Citronella and citrus oils like limonene are some of the more popular insect repellents.

According to studies, citronella helps repel mosquitoes and it can also be effective against aphids, fleas, flies and mites. (Related: Here’s why Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil deserves a spot in your survival cache.)

Garlic oil

Research suggests that garlic oil may help with repelling ticks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), garlic oil is a natural tick repellent that is safe for use in yards and gardens.

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Lavender essential oil

Aside from being helpful for relaxation and sleep, lavender essential oil can also help repel mosquitoes.

Unlike other essential oils, lavender is usually considered safe for topical use without diluting it.

Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)

A 2016 review has suggested that the oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) is an effective natural mosquito repellent.

The CDC has also suggested that products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective against mosquitoes.

Don't confuse oil of lemon eucalyptus with lemon eucalyptus essential oil because the latter isn’t effective at repelling mosquitoes.

Thyme essential oil

A 2005 study suggested that thyme essential oil can help repel mosquitoes.

Note that thyme oil isn’t considered safe for use on your skin, so always dilute it in your carrier oil of choice.

DIY bug spray recipe

Remember that not all essential oils are safe for topical use. If you’re planning to use essential oils on your skin, it's best to dilute them with a carrier oil.

When making a bug spray recipe that’s safe on your skin, always use essential oils that are safe and effective for topical application.

Follow the steps below to make an easy and natural mosquito repellent for your skin:

  • A glass spray bottle
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus or lavender essential oil
  • Witch hazel


  1. Mix one part oil of lemon eucalyptus or lavender essential oil with 10 parts witch hazel in the glass spray bottle. For each drop of oil, add 10 drops of witch hazel.
  2. Shake the bottle gently to mix the liquid.
  3. Spray and apply as needed.

Where to get bug spray made with natural ingredients

With summer in full swing, insects and pests will start crawling out of their hiding places. Many of these pesky bugs may invade your home and get in the way of fun summer activities, like swimming or playing with your children in your backyard.

But there’s no need to worry this bug season because the Health Ranger Store has got you covered with Health Ranger’s Bugs Away Spray.

Health Ranger's Bugs Away Spray is formulated with clean, non-toxic ingredients derived from plants found across the U.S., such as citronella, eucalyptus, cedarwood, witch hazel and more.

Health Ranger’s Bugs Away Spray is 100 percent natural and contains absolutely no DEET, artificial fragrances or synthetic chemicals. For your safety, it is also extensively lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology.

If you prefer a bug spray that's safe to use around your home, you can also try Health Ranger Select Bug Defender.

This bug spray is specially formulated to protect your home from pesky insects while being safe to use around kids, adults and even pets. Its key ingredient is cedar oil, a fragrant and pet-friendly oil sourced from Texas cedar, which has natural insect-repelling properties.

Health Ranger Select Bug Defender is made with an all-natural, pet-friendly formula that takes out insects at all stages of life, from eggs to adults. It can also keep away other insects, such as bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, mosquitoes and ticks.

Health Ranger Select Bug Defender is non-China, DEET-free and extensively lab-tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology.

Visit for more articles about non-toxic ways to keep your home free from various pests. Also check out Health Ranger Store and Brighteon Store for more natural products.

Watch the video below to learn more about how Health Ranger Select Bug Defender can help protect your family from pesky bugs.

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