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De-Bugging: 6 Natural Repellents to Keep the Bugs Away

* Seven natural insect repellents to keep the bugs at bay
* All are produced from natural ingredients and are 100% DEET free
* Includes traditional sprays as well as a handy wristband option

Not all insect sprays were created equal. While they all do a good job at keeping us bug-free, the bigger question is: How are they capable of doing so?

This is usually where the chemical DEET is mentioned. DEET is famous for its unmatched ability to repel mosquitoes, but its reputation is also muddied with the idea that the chemical is actually bad for your health and the environment. There’s no definitive answers, but it’s often better and safer to air on the side of caution.

Below we have put together a list of seven alternatives to DEET bug sprays. Each is made from natural ingredients for use without any worries. It’s safe for the whole family, too.

1. Mosquito Repellent Bracelet

A liquid-free alternative to sprays, these mosquito repellent bracelets are ideal for longer lasting exposure. With seven bracelets included in the pack, you’ll be able to protect the whole family for up to a week or keep yourself covered for months. The durable bands are fully adjustable to fit comfortably on both adults and children. Alternatively, you can attach one to your backpack or stroller to create an umbrella of protection.

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2. Bug Mace

Offering up to seven hours of continuous protection, Bug Mace means business. Using a powerful and completely organic formula, this effective repellent is great for kids and adults alike. And you’ll find that the non-sticky, non-greasy solution dries in a second to prevent any unwanted application.

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3. Mosquito Repellent Patches

Derived from 100% plant-based ingredients, these easy-to-use patches apply to any type of clothing or furniture, backpacks, strollers, etc.. They’re easy to remove too. Use them on the deck or stick one on your collar while you go for a hike. They’re hypoallergenic, non-toxic and won’t stain.

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4. Greenerways

One of a few sprays to be 100% certified by USDA, this organic, non-GMO insect repellent has been lab-tested and proven effective against every mosquito type. So it’s great for those heading to multiple locations. The fresh, citrusy spray is also safe for use on clothes.



5. Honest

Using organic essential oils, Honest Bug Spray repels insects without the use of any harsh chemicals. This DEET-free hypoallergenic formula has been certified as both organic and vegan. To further help the environment, the spray also comes in a fully recyclable, aluminum bottle.

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6. The Yellow Bird

This herbal bug spray contains a mix of high-grade essential oils to leave you smelling pleasant while repelling pesky insects. It’s also made with only natural ingredients and contains no harsh chemicals, so it’s great for helping your family and pets enjoy the outside world without worrying about itchy bites.

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