How to Make Natural Mosquito Repellent

Here's how to create an inexpensive mosquito repellent that will keep the bugs at bay and your bank account happy.

Have a problem with mosquitoes in your yard? Mosquitos are an issue for many of us each year. To keep these winged pests at bay, try a DIY homemade mosquito repellent for your yard. Many mosquito repellent recipes can be made with simple ingredients you likely already have at home.

Making a Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Just like you, mosquitoes find certain scents repulsive. Those scents include citronella, peppermint, basil, garlic, lemon balm, lavender, marigold, catnip, rosemary and eucalyptus. When making a homemade mosquito repellent for your yard, keep these scents in mind.

Mouthwash and Beer Mosquito Repellent

InsectCop is a website dedicated to helping people fight mosquitoes in their backyards. The website offers this homemade mosquito spray that it notes has been very efficient at deterring mosquitoes. Just spray it throughout the yard and it will last about two and a half months.


  • One 16-ounce bottle of mint-flavored mouthwash
  • 3 cups Epson salt
  • 3 12-ounce bottles of stale beer (cheap beer works just fine)


  • Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix them together with a spoon until the Epson salt has dissolved completely.
  • Use a funnel to pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

Read up on all the ways mouthwash can be used around the house.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mosquito Repellent

Can vinegar keep mosquitoes away? Yes! Mosquitoes are also repelled by the scent of vinegar, so try spraying this DIY homemade repellent, also from InsectCop, in your yard.


  • 2 ounces of water
  • 2 ounces of apple cider vinegar
  • 20-25 drops of Bug Off Oil (An all-natural oil made with a mix of citronella, peppermint, lemongrass, cedarwood and geranium.)


  • Mix all of the ingredients together and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
  • This apple cider vinegar mosquito repellent is said to keep mosquitoes from coming into your yard for several weeks, but once you notice an increase in the number of pests again, you can re-apply the repellent without hesitation.

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Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.