It gets VERY buggy in Central New York here in the summer time. I feel like every time I step outside at home, I have to apply bug spray because I get attacked by all the different kinds of bugs.

I saw an a DIY "recipe" floating around on Facebook for a homemade insect repellent, and decided to try it for myself. Credit here goes to Insect Cop, I did not create this but definitely plan to keep implementing it in the future.

You will need:

  • One 16 oz. bottle mint-flavored mouthwash
  • 3 cups Epsom salt
  • 3 stale 12 oz. beer

Very interesting combo, nonetheless, but it actually works!

All you need to do is place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together until the Epsom salt is completely dissolved. Then, pour into a spray bottle.

This is a combination you spray on your yard, not on yourself.

You can spray this mouthwash and beer mosquito repellent throughout the yard and it will last about two and a half months before you will need to re-apply.

Insect Cop also says when choosing your ingredients, go for a mint-flavored mouthwash which is also organic. Epsom salts should either be lavender or eucalyptus-scented, or even both if you can find it. When choosing your beer, go for whichever is the cheapest as any beer will work fine in this recipe.

Normally I would consider this alcohol abuse, but since it saved me from getting COMPLETELY mauled by the bugs last night while eating dinner outside, I'll reconsider.