Summer means backyard playdates, camping trips, and bugs, lots of bugs. I know as moms we want to be sure that the sprays we use to keep those pests at bay will not harm our family in the process. Of course, we want it actually keeping the bugs off our babies and us. And maybe have a pleasant smell? I mean is that too much to ask for in bug protection? Luckily, there are a few brands out there crushing both of those things.
Check out these 10 safe and effective natural bug and mosquito repellents.
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus
While this a very effective and natural spray, it is not recommended for children under three. Smells really good, but will need to reapplied every couple of hours for sure. Especially if getting in and out of the water.
Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus
Has a strong but pleasant smell that fades after about ten minutes. Works really well at protecting against a variety of flying bugs. Coverage seems to work for about four hours and will not stain clothing.
Osana All Natural Mosquito Repellent Soap
All you campers out there, this soap was made for you. Now you can shower before bed and not have to worry about putting more spray on. Perfect to send with the kids on all of their summer camp outs.
Natural Citizen Insect and Bug Repellent
Formulated with earthy smelling natural essential oils. This spray is perfect for a picnic by the lake, giving you up to four hours of protection.
Simba Natural Mosquito Repellent Stickers
If you want a safe, natural alternative to sprays, these guys will do the trick. They stick great to clothing and come off easily when time. Each sticker has 72 hours of coverage. Perfect for sticking on baby’s clothes or bag when going with a relative for a park date. Also great for those babies that go to daycare.
Burt’s Bees Herbal Mosquito Repellent
This spray is closest to homemade as you can get without having to make the repellent yourself. This all-natural spray has a pleasant smell and very effective at getting rid of the bugs.
Babyganics DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellent
I have friends that use this brand, and it seems to work really well. It has a pleasing aroma, and a little goes a long way so a bottle should last a while. When applying to baby spray in your hands then rub it onto their skin.
Murphy’s Mosquito Incense Sticks
If you want to add some hippie ambiance to your backyard gathering and keep unwanted pests away, grab yourself a tube of these incense sticks. Each groovy stick boasts a two hour burn time.
The Honest Company Bug Spray
This is another personal favorite. Although I am pretty sure I didn’t buy it the first time, but rather it was left on my patio, I have been using it ever since. I like the fresh smell, and it seems to protect the kids and me from the flying critters.
Kinven Insect Repellent Braided Bracelet
Okay, these stylish braided bracelets are about as cool as you can get when it comes to bug protection. It also makes them perfect to put on the kids when you send them off to day camp or the park.
There you have it, ten natural bug sprays that will let you enjoy your outside time with your family. Well, until someone gets upset or hurt or hungry or sleepy or…