8 hours ago
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
No Fly Zone
For many of you, fly season is just gearing up; but for those of us in the swamp of Florida, it has been upon us for months. My fellow boarders and I have tried every commercially available fly spray under the (very hot) sun and couldn't find one that worked for more than five minutes (nope, not even Endure or Ultrashield). So, we began experimenting with making our own; we started with the following recipe:
1 cup water
4 ounces Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 ounce Eucalyptus oil
1 ounce Citronella oil
Surprisingly, it has worked better than any of the other sprays. And, it's actually good for the skin/coat -- the apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal and the Skin So Soft adds moisture. However, I wasn't content to stop there, so I read the labels of some of the natural fly sprays and decided to add a few drops of each of the following to our mix:
It smells amazing, makes the coat sparkle, and most importantly it actually repels bugs. And honestly, it's kind of fun to sit in the barn aisle with various bottles, oils, measuring cups, etc., conjuring up the anti-bug brew. I haven't added eye of newt yet, but I will if it repels bugs!
In my next mix, I just might add a few new oils, such as:
Do any of you make your own fly spray? If so, what's your recipe? Or do you find that one of the commercial mixes works for you?