Natural oils - and fly spray -mixing

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  1. Mule.girl

    Mule.girl Senior Member

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    I want to make and mix some fly spray with natural oils such as peppermint, lavender, catnip, etc . What do I need to mix it am I right to understand that it has to be "mixed" with another oil or use a witch hazel (heard vodka the cheap kind can be used)? Im really in the dark here is there a "oil" lady/ person who can help me out I found this link, but wiki how always makes me skeptical. How to Make Natural Outdoor Fly Repellent with Essential Oils
     
  2. Alyssa Hughes

    Alyssa Hughes Senior Member+

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    You need to mix the EOs with water, vinegar, or vodka. Look up a diy essential oil fly spray recipe. I am sure you'll find one :D
     
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    Is one better then the other I mean the vinegar, water or vodka? One make it last longer ?
     
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    allhorsenobrain Full Member

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    Vinegar is better as its got some fly repellant ability but you need a surfactant to help it stick to the coat - a lot of people use Avon Skin so Soft and add stuff to that but its no use adding things that don't actually deter flies and I've not noticed them avoiding lavender or peppermint.
     
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    Also adding dish soap is helpful in repelling them IMO.
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Oh, ok. EO means essential oils..Right?
     
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    Yes :D
     
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    It might be helpful - I don't know as I've never tried it because I would never cover my horse in something that's as full as chemicals as dish soap unless I was going to use it to wash the horse and then I'd be rinsing it all off afterwards
     
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    You use about a tablespoon to 16 ozs so it's diluted. It has less chemicals than store bought spray.
     
  10. Victoria24dapple

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    It’s not an oil but I fined that garlic powder helps, but you have to mix it in with feed.
     
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