There are a variety of insecticides available to repel mosquitoes, even If I’m not thrilled about spraying synthetics on my plants, let alone my skin. When I need to get rid of these disease-carrying, party-ruining pests, I prefer a natural option. So, how do you deal with a mosquito problem?
What are citronella candles?
Essential oils have traditionally been used to combat invading insects. Ticks are repelled by Eucalyptus. Peppermint oil repels ants, and patchouli repels fleas. Citronella oil, made from a grass related to lemongrass, is perhaps best known for keeping insects away from your party.
It’s a frequent element in bug sprays, and mosquitoes stay away once the aroma is in the air. Citronella candles are an excellent method to keep mosquitoes at bay without having to spray repellent on your guests every few hours. Plus, once dusk falls, they give a little atmosphere to the deck.
Regretfully, many commercially available citronella candles are ineffective. If you look closely, a citronella-scented candle could be synthetically scented, containing none of the natural citronella oil required for the job. If you want the task done well, it may be time to do it yourself once more.
The canisters for these DIY citronella candles can be adorned to match any outdoor design. When buying citronella oil, make sure you get the vital kind, not the tiki-torches-fuel kind. It’s easy to find in health food stores or online, and a few drops in your candles can keep the deck mosquito-free for the entire evening.
These candles also have the following benefits:
- These candles are a cheap and simple way to keep bugs at bay.
- Citronella candles are often appealing in addition to being safe, clean, and harmless.
What you will need to follow this tutorial
- Double boiler or a wax melter and metal mixing bowl
- Mason jars (instead of mason jars, you can also use candle tins if available, and if more convenient)
- Pre-made wicks
- sturdy tape or hot glue
- soy wax (soy wax, paraffin wax, old candles)
- citronella oil (look for essential oil for candle making use 1 oz. per lb. of wax)(wikipedia.org)
- crayons (optional)
While citronella candles will continue to be the most effective, feel free to experiment with various scents. I experimented with adding a couple of additional fragrances to my latest batch of citronella candles to make them smell better to me (while still being effective).
- Mandarin orange
It’s possible that you’ll have to experiment a little to figure out which mixture you prefer, but that’s part of the joy of making your own candles.
Place the wicks in the middle of the can or container. I’ve discovered that using a hot glue gun is the most effective method. Make sure the wick is firmly pressed down (and do this carefully, as the hot glue can burn). If you’re using a larger jar, you can add two or three wicks around the center, spread out.
Assemble your double boiler and add little bits of wax or used candles. Don’t be concerned about wick splinters or other specks in the wax because you won’t notice them in the finished candles.
Heat the wax over medium heat until it is completely melted. This shouldn’t take long. To help it melt evenly, stir it every now and again.
It’s time to add the scent after the wax has melted. 1 oz. of citronella oil per pound of wax, plus 0.5 oz. of extra fragrances per pound to complete the scent. If you only want to use citronella, use 1.5 oz. per pound.
Add an old crayon or two to make a vibrant candle. When adding color, keep in mind that the cooled wax will be considerably paler than the liquid version.
Allow the wax to cool somewhat before pouring into containers. As the wax cools, I can generally move my wicks to the middle gently, but if you’re having difficulties, secure the wicks in place with a chopstick or clothes pin.
Allow your candle to cure for 48 hours before lighting it. Before you light it, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch. Then, once the candle is lighted, let it burn until there is a full, wide pool of wax, before blowing it out. This is how you ensure an even burn throughout the candle’s lifetime.
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