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Don’t you just hate it when you douse yourself in your insect repellent, in hopes to escape the clutches of those relentless mosquitoes this time of year, and all you get is that awful stench, irritation and sticky skin? Yeah, we feel your pain. No one wants to put all of those harsh chemicals on their skin, especially not on their baby’s sensitive skin. Baby skin is far too delicate for all of those harmful ingredients. Instead, try out our DIY mosquito repellent recipe for moms and babies, perfect for fragile and sensitive skin.
The Ultimate DIY Mosquito Repellent:
What You’ll Need:
- ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of parsley leaves
- A large bowl
- A wooden pestle
- A spray bottle
- A funnel
- A strainer
What To Do:
Step 1 – Pour ½ a cup of apple cider vinegar into a large bowl.
Step 2 – Add 1 tablespoon of parsley leaves to the apple cider vinegar.
Step 3 – Take your wooden pestle and crush the parsley leaves to get as much of the nutrients out of them as possible. Your mixture should turn a light green color.
Step 4 – Take your desired spray bottle, and place the funnel above the opening. Then place the strainer atop of the funnel.
Step 5 – Take your mixture and carefully transfer it from the large bowl to the bottle. The funnel will ensure none of your mixture will spill whilst transferring and the strainer will catch the used parsley leaves.
Step 6 – Once you have filled the spray bottle with your mixture, discard of the funnel, strainer and large bowl. Finally, take the lid for your spray bottle and screw it on top. Voila! You now have your very own DIY mosquito repellent, perfect for moms, babies or anyone with sensitive skin.
Benefits to Using DIY Skin Products
1. Be Eco-Friendly
Products you can buy from your local grocery store, made from conventionally produced ingredients, can have a really negative impact on the environment. The manufacturing and production of chemical-heavy health and beauty products releases those chemicals (and much more) into our air and water. Can you imagine the pollution going down your drain at home? Yikes! Ingredients for natural health and beauty products are cultivated and manufactured organically, which means that fewer chemicals are released into our air and water.
2. Avoid Irritants
Artificial colors, fillers and chemicals in skin care products can often cause redness, irritation, and breakouts – especially for those with sensitive skin. Some are even allergic to the chemicals found commonly in conventionally produced products. If you switch from these commercial products to natural makeup, skin care products, and body products, they will start to work with your skin instead of fighting against it.
3. Avoid Nasty Side Effects
Parabens are typically added as a preservative for commercial health, beauty and skin care products, to extend their shelf life. However, you do not want to be putting parabens anywhere near your skin. Parabens are synthetic impostors who mimic your body’s natural hormones. This worries some as this can possibly alter the functions of the body’s endocrine system. Parabens and other synthetic ingredients may help a product do one thing well, however, there could be possible negative side effects that are still being revealed.
Natural health and beauty products use natural preservatives, such as grapefruit seed extract, that won’t harm your body. While some people have allergies to a couple of natural ingredients (like lanolin, which comes from wool) the effects are much more understood than the ones from artificial ingredients.
4. Avoid Long-Term Damage
Many organic products work better than their conventional counterparts as they don’t consist of unnecessary irritants or fillers. Short term these artificial products will make your skin feel great, however over the long-term the harsh chemicals that made your skin feel cleaner and softer may actually cause damage.
5. Save Your Sense of Smell
Artificial scents are made to cover up the smell of other chemicals that are used in traditional health and beauty products. The effect is that you have a chemical to cover up the smell of another chemical, and all of those chemical smells can cause headaches for a lot of people. Natural health and beauty products smell like their natural ingredients, not a concoction of chemicals. Natural health and beauty products fragranced with natural essential oils can even provide aromatherapy.
Other DIY Skin Products You May Enjoy
If you have sensitive skin, or are worried about using commercial products on your baby’s skin, it’s best to DIY and use all-natural ingredients. There are tons of skin products that are easy to DIY, such as DIY body scrub, DIY soap, etc. Check out our articles on how to make your very own DIY body scrub and DIY soap.
We hope you enjoy our DIY mosquito repellent for moms and babies and other natural DIY products.