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DIY: How to Make Mosquito-Repelling Candles

The gorgeous summer weather offers a little something for everyone, whether you love to garden, go camping, barbecue, host outdoor parties or curl up on your patio furniture with a good book. But nothing ruins a perfect summer night faster than uninvited guests—we’re talking mosquitos, not nosy neighbors!

Fortunately, we’ve discovered the perfect solution. This DIY project has it all: ease, versatility, inexpensive ingredients, tons of charm and a delicious scent that repels mosquitoes like magic.

A Green Way to Keep Bugs at Bay

  1. Gather your ingredients. For this project, you’ll need a mason jar, a small floating candle, citronella essential oil, water, cinnamon sticks, a rosemary sprigs and one lemon.
  2. Slice the lemon widthwise into rounds that are approximately ¼”thick. Cut your rosemary sprigs and cinnamon sticks into 2”-long pieces. This helps to create a beautiful layered look while preventing ingredients from tipping over the candle.
  3. Add your lemon, rosemary and cinnamon stick segments to the jar. Add 20-30 drops of citronella oil to the jar.
  4. Top with hot (not boiling) water, which will coax the lemon, rosemary and cinnamon into releasing their scents into the air.
  5. Add the floating candle to the jar. Light the candle and enjoy!

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