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A DIY to Try: Bug Repellent Cubes

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Bugs can be such an issue during the summer months but resorting to bug sprays filled with harmful ingredients is something that should be avoided when possible. Today, I’ve got an ingenious DIY that is perfect for repelling insects. This DIY is like a citronella candle but does not require a container or a wick. Making Bug repellent cubes is a fun and easy way to enjoy some patio time without compromising your health!

DIY Bug Repellent Cubes

This recipe is not an original. Unfortunately, I did not come up with it. One of my favorite DIY blogs, Hello Glow posted this recipe and I knew I had to try it!  I have THIS book and THIS book from Hello Glow and I LOVE them.  I highly recommend them if you’re into DIY skin care!  This recipe came from one of the books rather then the website.  

These  bug repellent cubes are genius and living in Oklahoma, I’m always looking for natural ways to ward off bugs. This DIY is a simple concept.  They are made of beeswax and oil and a ton of bug repelling essential oils.  You’ll need an oil warmer like THIS in order for this DIY to work.

First off, let’s get the DEET issue out of the way.  I don’t recommend using it.  There are way too many side effects that are quite frankly, scary.  I know there are certain diseases that come with bug bites that would be way worse than deet but using deet on a regular basis is not optimal.  A few side effects of DEET are slurred speech, confusion, hormone disruption, joint and muscle pain, chronic headaches and allergic reactions, just to name a few. Go HERE to read more.

Check out my DIY Bug Spray recipe. I include a kid-friendly version as well. A spray is an absolute must if you live in a buggy place and my recipe doesn’t make you stink! This spray is meant to be sprayed directly on the skin. 

Related Post: Essential Oil Spider Repellent Spray

Bug Repellent Cubes

DIY Bug Repellent Cubes


  1. Creat a double boiler by filling a medium sauce pan 1/2 way full with water.
  2. Place on the stove top and turn on to medium heat.
  3. Place a glass pyrex cup in the water and add beeswax and coconut oil.
  4. Once thoroughly melted, remove from heat and add essential oils.
  5. Pour into ice cube trays and place in the fridge.
  6. Once thoroughly hardened, pop out of trays and use!!

You might also be interested in my beeswax citronella candle recipe. And don’t forget, you can simply diffuse citronella on your patio to keep bugs at bay!

Leave me a comment if you have a DIY you’d like me to try and post about!!!  Or leave me suggestions on a DIY you’d like to see in the future!!

xx, Jenni


DIY Bug Repellent Cubes

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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

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