How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

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How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Citronella has a long reputation for repelling mosquitoes and other pests. It works by masking our bodies with a distinctive aroma that bugs hate. The top use for Citronella is as an insect repellent due to its natural non-toxic repellent properties. There are loads of commercially produced citronella products available for home use, but most of the time the candles and oils are mixed with cheap and harmful additives. The good news is that making your own citronella candles is easy and you can have a whole stash of them made within an hour.

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

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Supplies:

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

*Mint and citrus are good bug repellents as well, especially if you are not a fan of the smell of citronella.

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Glue the candle wicks to the bottom center of each tin.

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Pour the soy wax flakes into the candle pouring pot or empty tin. You will need twice as much soy flakes than the volume of your candle tin or jar. For example, if you have a four-ounce tin, you will need eight ounces of wax. Place the candle pouring pot into a larger pot with enough water that will go up the sides of the candle pot. Heat the water (not to a boil) until the wax starts to melt. Use a bamboo skewer to mix the flakes to expedite the melting.

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Once the wax has melted, let it cool down for a few minutes. Then, add in about 30-40 drops of citronella oil to the wax and stir.

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Pour the wax into the tins leaving a 1/4 inch headspace.

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Wrap the excess wick around a bamboo skewer. Rest the skewer on the rim of the tin. Let the wax cool and solidify.

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Once the wax has thoroughly hardened, unwrap the wick from the skewer.

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Trim the wick to just a tad less than 1/2 inch.

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Light the candles and scare away the bugs!

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Debbie Wolfe is a mom of two rambunctious boys, wife, and work-at-home mom from Georgia. When not writing or crafting, she is in the garden or hidden away reading. Debbie is an obsessive crafter, home chef, and gardener. She is a freelance writer and co-author and photographer behind the garden blog, The Prudent Garden. She is also a regular contributor to garden and crafting content for HGTV, DIYNetwork, and Great American Country. Her first title, Do-It-Yourself Garden Projects and Crafts from Skyhorse Publishing will be available February 2019.