Homemade Fly Spray

I have a horse with skin allergies. Every summer is a battle to keep fur on him and to keep him from being itchy. One of the things that has worked well for us is feeding apple cider vinegar and using homemade insect repellents. You can also put apple cider vinegar in water troughs to naturally repel insects. We do this for our dogs and cat to avoid having to use harsh chemical repellents.

Unfortunately, many of the so-called natural insect repellents still have harsh ingredients that either set off an allergic reaction or damage his beautiful black coat. The term “natural” can be deceiving, because companies can claim their product is natural if it contains any naturally occurring compound even if the compound has been altered synthetically.

There are several recipes for homemade repellent products below. I highly recommend experimenting and finding the right one for you and your equines. I personally find that a simple combination of apple cider vinegar, dish soap, and water works the best for us.


Recipe 1
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 cup Avon Skin So Soft
2 tsp eucalyptus oil

Recipe 2
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
20 drops of tea tree oil

Recipe 3
6 caps full of Avon Skin so Soft
1 cup white vinegar
1 squirt of Ivory liquid soap
20 ounces water

Recipe 4
2 cups light mineral oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tsp. pure citronella oil
2 tsp. eucalyptus essential oil
2 tsp. lemon dish soap

Recipe 5
4-7 parts water
1 part citronella oil

Recipe 6
1 quart apple cider vinegar
1 tsp citronella oil

Recipe 7
2 cups white vinegar
1 tbsp eucalyptus oil
1 cup water

Recipe 8
1/2 tsp oil of myrrh
2 cups water
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 tsp citronella oil

Recipe 9
1 cup vinegar
1 cup baby oil
1/4 cup original Pinesol
1 tbsp dish soap
1 tbsp Skin So Soft
1 cup water

Recipe 10
4 oz Avon Skin So Soft
1 oz citronella oil
12 oz vinegar
12 oz water

Recipe 11
1 cup water
1 cup Avon Skin So Soft
2 cups vinegar
1 tbsp eucalyptus oil

Recipe 12
18 oz white vinegar
2 tbsp dish soap

Recipe 13
2 tbsp dish soap
2 cups water
½ cup white vinegar

For a little bonus, here’s how you can make a homemade fly trap!
3 cups Water
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Sugar

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