Make Your Own Mosquito Wipes

June 26, 2020
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The mosquitos are biting but that doesn't mean you need to isolate yourself from your own back yard! Here is a DIY project that might help taking back your yard.  Make your own mosquito wipes with a few ingredients including a roll of paper towels, citrus and cinnamon essential oils and castor oil. These essential oils are known for being unappealing to mosquitoes (and other pests, including ticks). Plus, castor oil even has some anti-inflammatory effects that can help if you do end up with a bug bite. Besides the essential oils, you'll need distilled water, rubbing alcohol and a round container with lid large enough to hold half of a paper towel roll. After cutting your roll of paper towels in half, you'll need to mix the ingredients and let the paper towels soak it up for at least 10 minutes (make sure you get the cloth-like paper towels for this project). Then, use the wipes whenever you want to repel bugs by pulling one from the center of the roll and rubbing it on your body (be careful to avoid your eyes when using). Depending on how much time you and your family spend outside, one batch of homemade mosquito wipes could last you the entire summer! A container that seals will help prevent them from drying out, but if you go to use one and notice that it’s dry, you can always refresh your wipes by mixing up more DIY bug repellent and letting the towels soak it in. 

Supplies Needed:

  • Roll of cloth-like paper towels
  • Sharp, non-serrated knife
  • Round container with lid large enough to hold half of a paper towel roll
  • Marker (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Liquid measuring cup and measuring spoons
  • 4 oz. distilled water
  • 2 oz. rubbing alcohol
  • 2 oz. castor oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 15 drops cinnamon oil
  • Mixing spoon

Step 1: Cut the Paper Towel Roll in Half
Using the knife, cut the roll of paper towels crosswise so they’ll fit in a sealable container. Depending on the size of your container, you might need to cut a little more than half off so the paper towels will fit; you can check how much you need to cut off by lining up the paper towels with your container, then using a marker or pencil to mark just below where the lid lands (so you remember where to cut). Trim away any rough edges with scissors, and pull the cardboard tube out of the center of the roll.

Step 2: Mix Homemade Mosquito Repellent
In a small mixing bowl, combine distilled water, rubbing alcohol, castor oil, lemon juice, and cinnamon oil. Mix with a spoon to combine.

Step 3: Let Paper Towels Soak Up the Mixture
Pour the mosquito repellent mixture into the container. Then, set the paper towels in the container so they can soak up the repellent. Let them sit for at least 10 minutes before using to give the wipes time to become saturated with the mixture. Then, use the wipes whenever you want to repel bugs by pulling one from the center of the roll and rubbing it on your body (be careful to avoid your eyes when using).

SOURCE: Better Homes & Gardens

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