Homemade Fly Spray

With three horses I’ve started to feel like all I do during the summer is go to the feed store and buy fly spray. Every time I just stand there with eyes glazed over from all the choices. Water repellant, all-natural, sweat resistant. Biting flies, mosquitoes, gnats, fleas, ticks, black widows, scorpions. Whaaat? Why does my fly spray need to kill black widows and scorpions? I’m pulling my hair out already. With some fly sprays costing upwards of $19.99, I just couldn’t do it anymore. There had to be a better solution. So I searched the trusty internet and found some fantastic fly spray recipes. I have tried two different fly spray recipes and these are my favorite. Today I whipped up a concoction of lemongrass essential oil and citronella essential oil. Not only is it natural, it smells lemony fresh. You can also safely spray it around feeders and water buckets where flies tend to congregate. The lemongrass came from Doterra Esssential Oils and was around $13, and the Citronella Essential Oil I picked up at Hobby Lobby for around $8.00. With these products combined I can make about seven bottles of fly spray for around $3.00 a bottle. That’s a $17.00 savings! If you really want to get thrifty, use an old fly spray bottle to fill.

Here are the recipes:

Lemony Fresh Fly Spray

12 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

12 drops Citronella Essential Oil

Fill with 32 oz. warm water

*For an extra fly repellant power add some apple cider vinegar!


Skin-So-Soft Fly Spray

1 1/2 cups Avon Skin-So-Soft

1 1/2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar

1 1/2 cups Warm Water


Happy fly spraying!

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About Allie
About Allie

Welcome to my blog! My name is Allie and my passion is caring for horses. My days consist of feeding, cleaning, and nurturing my two favorite things: horses and my little girl! I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in equine ownership and life as a business-owning mommy!