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DIY Organic Mosquito Repellants

DIY Organic Mosquito Repellants

If there’s one bad thing that those warm days of summer can bring, it’s mosquitoes. There’s nothing worse than having your barbecue or camp out ruined by a hungry horde of those blood-sucking monsters.

But if you’ve ever done any research on the safety of chemical bug repellents, you’ve likely discovered that most repellents contain DEET, which many other countries have banned because they believe it is toxic.

What’s a health-conscious parent or person to do? Do it yourself!

While there are a few healthy DEET-free choices out there in mosquito repellents, such as Yellowbird and Babyganics, they can be expensive for the amount you’re getting. For a little more money invested, you could have a few ingredients that can not only make you many, many batches of safe, organic mosquito repellent, but those ingredients can also be used for many practical and health-boosting purposes.

Essential oils can be very effective in repelling bugs of all types, including mosquitoes. There are many oils that bugs dislike, but the most common and most effective are Lavender, Peppermint, Arborvitae, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Thyme, Clove, Sage, Rosemary, and Cinnamon.

Not only are DIY essential oil sprays very effective against a variety of bothersome bugs, but they can often work better than their toxic counterparts, the DEET-filled chemical sprays.

Below are a few suggestions and DIY recipes. Feel free to experiment, and figure out what works for you.

Budget Friendly Peppermint Bug-Off Spray

In a glass trigger-spray bottle, put 20 drops of peppermint essential oil, then top off with plain water, leaving at least an inch or so of space at the top to allow for shaking. Shake the bottle well each time you apply to re-mix (re-shaking the bottle a little bit after every few sprays).

This is the lowest-cost essential oil mosquito repellent, as it only contains 20 drops of one inexpensive oil, and is safe to spray all over your body and clothes (keep away from the eyes and other orifices). This is great when you need to apply a lot of it to a large group of people, or spray it around the campsite.

Roll-On Mosquito Repellent

This would be easier to carry with you on the go, although it won’t go nearly as far as the spray. In a 10 ml glass roller ball bottle, put in 20 drops of your favorite bug-repelling essential oils (I’d include peppermint and arborvitae for sure, plus any you like the scent of), then top off with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil. Be sure to leave a little room at the top for mixing. Close up the bottle and roll between your hands for one minute to mix. Because the essential oils are mixed with carrier oil and not water, you only need to mix it once.

You could also mix the same blend in larger amounts to fill a small 2 ounce pump-spray bottle, which will fit well into a purse.

With a small investment of time and money, you’ll have everything you need to keep those nasty mosquitoes at bay, and stay healthy while you do it!

Home Improvement tips you must follow to drag big through selling

Building a house is like planting a tree; an asset in the true sense. You spend some quality hours here and in the case of emergency, the option of selling it out is always there. The worth of a fully furnished house can meet anyone’s dream amount. All that you need to ensure about dragging the full out of your house can be accomplished through following home improvement tricks those are quite simple to be accomplished. Check it out!

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Consult a professional:

Something going to return always deserves being consulted with the experts. And, for a demanding aspect like home, you should definitely find some time to sit with a professional. Professionals here mean the architects, electricians, or the financial experts or simply both. Also, be aware that if you’re looking for an apartment, that you can’t make major improvements to your living space!These groups of people being associated with the industry from close can certainly suggest you about the needful changes you should make to drag a really good amount for your asset. They can well tell you about the trending demands among the customers. Yes, don’t forget to sit with an interior designer as well.

Colour:

cropped-home-improvement-brisbane-813582.jpgIt matters the most. You must be aware of the fact that something that looks good gets sold first. Also, the contemporary people mind the fascination part of anything than /along with the qualitative parts. Hence, if your house still wears the same classic paint, then make no delay in offering it with the most trending makeover.

Cut energy costs.

Investments in a house are no doubt big. Any customer interested in your property will love to pay you with your desired amount only when he/she finds many ways of saving costs. The best way of dragging the attentions of these people can be through making them realise that your house is a way more energy efficient than the others. Starting from the aspects like wind flow, ventilation, lightening pattern, drainage system, to the overall locations, everything matters on this regard to delivering a satisfactory outcome. The best suggestion would be to consult the architects.

A pleasant lush around:

The taste is changing. It’s already too much for the modern day humans with the concrete jungle. The growing pollution issues have also worsened things. They certainly look for a home that can offer a true verdant for the best tranquillity of mind. Houses with such green tinge are much more demanding than the commercial ones. Hence, make it fast to offer a blissful surrounding for your house.

Special care for kitchens:

Kitchens have always been the most technical parts of any housing project. If you wish to make your property valuable, then you have to ensure it that the kitchen has been designed in a technical fashion. The reason is simple because the contemporary people (those will pay you big) mind this the most. Make sure you have installed all those hot-off-the-fire equipment within the kitchen. It’s positioning of the window, lightening, water supply, etc., all have to be made in a flawless pattern. Especially, the shelves have to be incorporated in a brilliant way.

Bathrooms and ceilings:

Bathrooms and roofs have always been the favourite destinations for humans in a home. Be careful of asbestos in your ceiling!  If you have a house built before 1980, go to this website to learn more about what you need to do to prevent getting mesothelioma cancer from asbestos. Needless is to mention that the bathroom has to be designed in technical ways with all high-end equipment and proper drainage or air passage system.  Similarly, ensure the roof has been designed according to your locality. If it’s winter, an inclined roof would be much favourable than the flat ones.