I bet you must have used one of the common mosquito sprays to deal with annoying mosquitos. Some people have also used the homemade mosquito repellent Listerine and claim to have got good results. With mosquitos having complex methods and ways to detect hosts, finding one repellent that keeps you and your family safe from mosquitos can be hard. It’s worth noting that mosquito bites are not just itchy and irritating, but mosquitos spread malaria and West Nile virus. Luckily, the mouthwash brand Listerine has been proven by some to be a great ingredient in homemade mosquito repellent.
The main active ingredient in Listerine is eucalyptol, a derivative of eucalyptus oil, which is commonly used in botanical insect repellents. Various clinical studies have proven that Listerine does repel mosquitos. However, the eucalyptus-based insect repellents contain much higher concentrations of essential oil than that found in Listerine Antiseptic. The low eucalyptol content of Listerine means it’s less powerful in fighting off insects, including mosquitos. That’s why those using it are often forced to reapply the mixture every 1-2 hours.
Ingredients for Homemade Mosquito Repellent Listerine Spray
- 1 part original Listerine (the yellow one)
- 1 part witch hazel
- 2-3 drops of tea tree oil
Preparing Homemade Mosquito Repellent Listerine Spray
- Mix Listerine, witch hazel and tea tree oil in a jar
- Put the mixture in a spray bottle
- Spray over the exposed skin once every 1-2 hours or when needed
- You can also carry the spray bottle with you when travelling
Although the current scientific evidence do not confirm or refute these claims, many claim that Listerine do repel mosquitos. In case you’re looking for a homemade mosquito repellent for outdoor use, make a mixture containing one-third Listerine, one-third beer and one-third Epsom salts. Then add the mixture to a garden spray and use it to spray your lawn, trees and bushes. This will help keep the mosquitos away.