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THESE DEET-FREE NATURAL BUG REPELLENTS WILL MAKE GOING OUTSIDE WAY MORE FUN

Got 99 problems but a mosquito bite ain't one.

One downside to warmer weather: bug bites. Waking up covered with those itchy red welts is enough to make you wish winter lasted all year (OK, maybe that’s dramatic, but still). Unfortunately, a lot of bug repellents give us that sticky, I-just-doused-myself-in-chemicals feeling.

While many common insect repellents contain DEET, you can avoid this controversial chemical entirely and still get protection from unwanted pests by opting to use natural bug repellents instead.

If you're shopping around for natural bug repellents, you'll want to keep an eye out for ingredients like OLE (oil of lemon eucalyptus), lemongrass, citronella, grapefruit, peppermint, and clove oil. And don't limit yourself to sprays, either. There are plenty of other options, like candles, wipes, stickers, bracelets, and incense sticks.

Made without DEET, these 13 chemical-free, natural bug repellents are safe for every member of your family.

Read the full guide from Latifah Miles and Dana Baardsen on Best Product's website here.

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May 7, 2022

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