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Repel pesky mosquitos with these delightful DIY candles for your patio.

Updated: Jun 5, 2022


This was our most popular post last summer.

Not only are these candled easy to make, but they can even dress up your outdoor table.

Check out the blog post to learn the science behind how this works.

You can also head to our Instagram page to see a quick video of this recipe.

Ingredients you’ll need for DIY mosquito repelling candles:

· Floating candles

· Glass jars

· 25-30 drops citronella essential oil per jar

· Fresh lemon slices

· Natural food coloring

· Fresh lemongrass, rosemary or basil (optional)

· Water to fill jars

To assemble, add lemon slices to your jar. (I use 3-4 slices in 8-ounce jar.)

If you would like, add fresh lemongrass, rosemary and basil; a little of each for looks and added repellent.

For this recipe, I only used lemon, which works great too.

Next, fill in with water leaving space at the top for a floating candle.

Add citronella and food coloring for aesthetics. I use natural lemon food coloring to get that pretty yellow look.

Place the floating candle on top, light and place on your table.

The best part about these candles is they still work even if the wind blows your candles out.

It is the scent of lemon and citronella in the water that will continue to deter mosquitos.

If you have a large table area, you can also create a huge bowl full of water and all these ingredients.

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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