Insect repellent

4 ways to Green Your Insect repellent

The number one eco-concern when it comes to insect repellents is the widespread use of DEET and other chemicals that harm wildlife and may be damaging to human health. Your greenest option is to avoid spray-on insect repellents at all: by dressing so that all skin is covered, and avoiding sweet-smelling fragrances that attract bugs, you eliminate bug-biting targets. You can also use natural repellents, like citronella candles and poison-free traps, to keep bugs at bay outdoors. If you do choose a spray-on repellent, choose one made from plant-based ingredients and essential oils, or make one yourself from these same ingredients.

  1. Dress to avoid mosquito bites and keep insects off your skin

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    By dressing in a way that minimizes the amount of skin you leave exposed and not wearing sweet-smelling perfumes, lotions, and other fragrances, you can avoid insect bites without the use of DEET-containing bug sprays.

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  2. Choose a natural insect repellent

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    Your skin absorbs 60 percent of what you put on it: Safe, natural alternatives to DEET insect repellents and bug sprays cover you with essential oils like citronella, rosemary, lavender, and more, instead of toxic synthetic chemicals.

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  3. Make homemade bug spray

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    Using household ingredients and natural essential oils, you can concoct effective, chemical-free insect repellents in your own home, giving you the ultimate in control over what goes into your bug spray—and therefore onto your skin.

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  4. Use nontoxic pest control devices

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    Keep bugs out of your space with citronella candles, mosquito traps, and other nontoxic repellents, and you won't have to use a drop of bug spray on your skin.

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