Posted by Peggy Farber on 5/6/2015

While summer brings thoughts of backyard barbecues and outdoor activities, it is also the time of year when the bugs come out. One of the worst culprits that ruin our summer fun is the mosquito. Applying smelly, sticky bug sprays full of chemicals can make outdoor activities even less enjoyable. Here is an idea for making homemade chemical free mosquito repellent that can also be used to keep away ants and fleas: Ingredients: 1/2 litre of alcohol 100 grams of whole cloves 100 ml of baby oil or similar (almond, sesame, chamomile, lavender, fennel etc) 1. Marinate the cloves in alcohol for four days. 2. Stir the marinade every morning and evening. 3.  After 4 days add the oil of your choice. The repellent is now ready to use. 4. Gently rub a few drops of oil into the skin of the arms and legs. This can also be used on pets to keep fleas away.