Hello! Are you all still out there or have you all melted?!
What incredible weather it’s been. Hot, hot, hot. Spending a lot of time outside, especially in the evenings.
However, it would appear that this year I am extra tasty than usual. Or maybe there are just more mozzies around! However, last night after the 8th consecutive bite, I was getting a little annoyed. It was beginning to interrupt my calm, evening wine drinking. And that was a step too far. So off I went to find the insect spray. All gone. Then I remembered that the last one I bought I didn’t like very much. It was a bit stingy on the skin, smelt awful and was laden with chemicals. So I thought quickly about how to make my own.
Deet, which is in most anti-bug sprays is ok in small doses for us humans, but in larger quantities it’s been shown to cause some health issues. As you know, I’m all for finding a more natural alternative if I can. I did a bit of googling about what mozzies don’t like. Turns out, they hate vinegar. Both the taste, and the smell.
I’ve always got vinegar on stock, but I felt like my aged modena balsamic was not the appropriate one for the task! Luckily, I’m a fan of apple cider vinegar for MANY reasons, so I went for that. I used equal parts water and ACV and popped it into a spray bottle. But I didn’t fancy smelling like a bag of chips! So I added some essential oils that I had on stock, which were lavender (mozzies hate that too), tea tree (a super antiseptic), clove oil & eucalyptus. Much nicer!
It worked brilliantly! And not only did it keep the tricky little bitey things away, it also helped stop the itching of my existing bites. Winner!
Let me know if you try it out, or if you have any alternative treatments which work. You could add any type of essential oil that you like the smell of, obviously citronella would also be a great one, and lavender would also be relaxing!
Now I can carry on enjoying those lovely warm summer evenings in the knowledge that my wine drinking time is now uninterrupted!
Happy summer eves!