Homemade Bug Spray

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Ashley Maurer www.cobornsblog.com
Ashley Maurer

Summer is finally here! Which means so are the bugs… and anybody that knows me, knows that I strongly dislike bugs! This year I decided to try making my own bug spray using essential oils, and I must say, I’m impressed! It really does work well and smells way better than commercial bug sprays.

After doing my fair share of research I discovered there really is no right or wrong way to make bug spray with essential oils! There are so many recipes out there and I’m sure they all work great so it really comes down to personal preference. I decided to use both jojoba oil and witch hazel in mine since both are good for your skin! Why not moisturize while fighting away those pesky bugs?

I would smell the oil blend as I went, adding a little more of one thing or another until I felt like I had a good balance of all the oil smells. Depending on the brand of oils used (you can find Aura Cacia oils in your local Coborn’s Natural Foods Department) as well as the type of Witch Hazel this may vary. So use the recipe as a guide line and adjust as needed.

Homemade Bug Spray
  • 1 - 2 Oz. Dark Glass Spray Bottle
  • 1 Oz. Witch Hazel
  • ½ Oz. Jojoba Oil
  • 30 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 30 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Lemon Grass Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  1. Combine all ingredients into glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake well and apply, avoiding face.
  3. Reapply as needed.

Once you have it all mixed in the spray bottle, it’s ready to use! Just make sure to shake it well before each use, avoid spraying it on the face and re-apply as often as needed.

Just in case you forget your bug spray and come home with some bug bites, you can also make an itch relief roller ball with the jojoba, lavender and tea tree oils used to make the bug spray. I would suggest filling half the roller ball with jojoba oil to dilute the oils just in case anyone has sensitive skin. Then do 1/4 lavender and 1/4 Tea Tree oils to fill the rest of the way. Shake before each use. Although many oils are safe to use during pregnancy, make sure to consult you doctor first before using products with essentials oils.

Hopefully using homemade bug spray works as well for you as it does for me! I know this will help me enjoy summer so much more. Have a fun and bug-free summer!

Ashley Maurer
Coborn’s Inc. Graphic Designer

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Spray

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Spray #DIY - www.cobornsblog.com

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How to make DIY Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Spray with Essential Oils - www.cobornsblog.comWhen I started making my own natural products for around my home, one of the hardest things for me to give up was my bleach-filled bathroom cleaner.  I knew how many germs gathered in the bathroom and I wanted to make sure that every time I cleaned it, they were GONE.   With this homemade cleaner, I feel just as confident that the germs are gone and it is great for sinks, toilets and showers and, the best part, no harmful chemicals! No more need to wear thick gloves or leave the bathroom window open and only clean when the kids are clear of the area due to toxic fumes.  In fact, now the kids can HELP with cleaning the bathroom!

Get it at Coborn’s

For this blog I used Veriditas Essential Oils from Coborn’s. Veriditas are Certified Organic and Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, conveniently sold at your local grocery store. In fact, I purchased all of the items for this blog at Coborn’s. From the Veriditas Essential Oils to the Empty Spray Bottle. You will typically find all of these items in the Natural Foods Department, however some Coborn’s stores have their natural and organic items integrated throughout the grocery store, so just ask an employee if you need some help. The distilled water is by the bottled water and I found the spray bottle by the brooms and other cleaners.

Helpful Hints

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You can also Click Here and print a label for your bottle. Simply open the file and print on Avery 42395 labels and stick to your bottle, or if you want to be crafty, you can cut around the shape to make it really cute.

In the recipe below it calls for 15 drops orange and 15 drops lemon. I actually use 8 drops of each. It is really your own preference, do what smells best to you.

Also note that depending on the size of your spray bottle, you may be able to double this recipe for twice as much cleaner!

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Spray
  • 2 Cups Distilled Water
  • 1 T. Super Washing Soda
  • 3 T. Liquid Castile Soap
  • 15 Drops Veriditas Good Samaritan Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Orange and/or Lemon Essential Oil
  • Empty Spray Bottle
  1. Pour distilled water into a large bowl
  2. Add Super Washing Soda.
  3. Quickly stir together to dissolve Super Washing Soda.
  4. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Pour mixture into an empty spray bottle.
  6. Shake before each use.

Happy Cleaning!

Coborn’s, Inc. Senior Administrative Assistant

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Hand Sanitizer that is safe enough for my family

CleanSmart Hand Sanitizer - Locally made, alcohol-free hand sanitizer. www.cobornsblog.com

Have You Ever Thought About Hand Sanitizer? Me neither. We have always sold hand sanitizer in our Natural Foods Departments but, to be honest, I have never really used it. I’ve heard conflicting reports about the benefits but mostly I think it was because it wasn’t something I really gave much thought. I am fortunate enough to rarely catch a cold but I do know that keeping our hands clean is a very important step in keeping everyone healthy!

A typical eight ounce bottle of hand sanitizer is the equivalent of five shots of liquor!  - www.cobornsblog.comEnter the folks from CleanSmart. They came to call one day and I learned everything I ever wanted to know about hand sanitizers. Did you know all the other ones contain alcohol?! A typical eight ounce bottle of hand sanitizer is the equivalent of five shots of liquor! Who in the world wants to be spraying that on their baby’s hands, because baby’s hands always end up in their mouths at some point! Some childcare centers have stopped using hand sanitizers due to the danger of alcohol as well as its incredible drying effects.

CleanSmart Hand Sanitizer was featured on Twin Cities Live! www.cobornsblog.comCleanSmart contains Hypochlorous, which is produced by our own bodies to fight viruses and bacteria. It is the only non-toxic germ killer that destroys viruses, bacteria and pathogens. It kills icky stuff like listeria, salmonella, mold and mildew! And it is safe to use everywhere! Recently, CleanSmart was featured on a local news broadcast. The reporter was spraying it on her face near her eyes and mouth with no ill effects. Of course, I won’t recommend trying that at home but it certainly proved a point!

You can spray it on toys and high chairs without worries. I recently sprayed it in my son’s hockey goalie gloves to kill the germs and it also got rid of the stinky smell, which is pretty amazing!

Since CleanSmart does not contain alcohol, it is non-drying. In addition, it is naturally moisturizing. Although this is not one of its published uses, I have been trying it on my son’s eczema as well since the science indicates it could be beneficial, and I have seen some improvement. Perhaps it was a coincidence but at least I know it is safe to experiment!

To make a great product even better, it is made right here in Minnesota! Keeping our dollars local benefits everyone. Look for household cleaning products coming in the spring of this year as well. I expect to see much innovation from this great local company and look forward to a great partnership in promoting this safe and exciting product!

Look for CleanSmart in the Natural Foods Department at your favorite local Coborn’s store!

– Rhonda
Coborn’s Natural Foods Category Manager

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