Now that summer has hit its stride, you’re going to need a good bug repellant. But don’t reach for the DEET just yet – it’s a powerful chemical in many bug sprays that will get the job done, but it has also been linked to serious health problems. Ditch the DEET and repel mosquitoes naturally by making your own DIY citronella candle.
What’s citronella oil? Citronella oil is nontoxic and plant-based. Its strong, lemony scent naturally repels mosquitoes. Combine citronella oil with other natural scents that help keep mosquitoes away (such as lemon eucalyptus or cinnamon essential oils).
Fill a saucepan with water Head over to the stovetop, bringing the saucepan, small measuring cup and wax flakes with you. Fill the saucepan with water and place it on the stove (make sure the measuring cup can fit comfortably inside the saucepan, first).
Pour the wax into the jar. Have the mason jar ready (make sure the chopsticks are still resting on top) for this next step. Turn off the stove, put on an oven mitt and very carefully remove the measuring cup of hot wax from the stove. Next, slowly pour the wax into the mason jar. Tip: Make sure you don’t overfill it. Stop pouring when the wax reaches just below the lip of the jar.