Now that summer is upon us, you are likely spending more time outdoors enjoying the sun and warm weather.  Keep in mind that while you're outside enjoying the warmer weather, bugs, especially mosquitoes, are going to be enjoying you.  This can really take the fun out of being outdoors, but you don't have to allow it to.

There are numerous options for keeping mosquitoes and other biting insects at bay, but many of them contain harsh and potentially harmful ingredients.  There are many natural alternatives on the market, yet they may be either too expensive or ineffective.  Here is an overview of some natural mosquito repellents that you can use instead, and you may already own many of these items.


Eucalyptus-based chest rub

Popular cold and cough chest rubs contain cedar leaf oil, which has been used for years to ward off mosquitoes and other insects.  Simply dab your favorite chest rub on any exposed skin, or on your clothes, and you should notice substantially fewer bites.  Be sure to reapply if you're outside for extended periods, as it will wear off after time.   If a few persistent blood-suckers end up biting despite wearing this product, you can use the chest rub directly on the bite to reduce itching and inflammation.


Apple cider vinegar

You have likely heard the many benefits of using apple cider vinegar (acv).  From promoting shiny hair to accelerating weight loss, apple cider vinegar can effectively treat a variety of conditions.  When mixed with certain herbs, acv acts as a very powerful insect repellent that is good for preventing bites from mosquitoes, gnats, and even ticks.  To create a powerful repellent, you should mix a 32 OZ bottle of acv in a lidded glass jar with a mixture of 100 drops of essential oils.  The essential oils can be any combination of the following: rosemary, thyme, dried sage, mint, and lavender.  You will need to leave the mixture in the jar for 2-3 weeks, shaking it regularly.  After the cultivation period, dilute with ½ water and place in a spray bottle.  You may then spray directly onto skin and clothes before going outdoors.


Beer and mouthwash

This natural insect repellent not only wards off mosquitoes, but it deters other annoying insects as well.  Instead of putting it on your skin or clothes, you can mix these ingredients and spray the concoction around the perimeter of your home.  It effectively keeps insects away for up to 3 months.  Simply mix 3 bottles of beer, 2 cups of Epsom salt and a bottle of blue mouth wash.  It may sound like a strange combination that is unlikely to work, but despite sounding strange, we hear it works wonders. 

Mosquitoes and other biting insects can really put a damper on outdoor summer activities.  Fortunately, you can fight back without harsh chemicals, dramatically increasing your chances of actually enjoying spending time outside with the use of one or more of these natural mosquito repellent alternatives.  Over-the-counter insect repellents with heavy chemicals are likely to be more effective, and you may notice that it's necessary to use these natural remedies more frequently to achieve the same or a similar level of protection.  If one remedy is not as effective as you would like, simply try another one.  Chances are you will find an option that will work for keeping biting insects from ruining your summer fun.