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How to make insect repellant

Learn how to make insect repellant.
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No matter where you are or what time of the year it is, mosquitoes will always be a bane to our existence. Catering to a niche market is an added advantage; an example would be INDIGObaby, an online baby boutique whose top-selling product is the baby-friendly Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me insect repellant. “We added lavender to our formulation to mask the citronella, which can be quite foul-smelling,” says Denise Gonzalez, co-founder of INDIGObaby.

Materials needed:

Oils including citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and other scents that naturally repel insects, P72 to P361, per 100ml. Available from chemical stores.

Spritz bottles, P29 to 40 each


Olive or vegetable oil, P69 to P200 (1 liter)

Getting started:

1. Carefully measure 10 to 25 drops of any essential oil of your choice (feel free to combine oils to create a unique scent), and pour it
into the spritz bottle.

2. Combine 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Shake the mixture to blend.


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