DIY: Mosquito Traps

It’s Week 3 in Mexico and I may have breached 60 mosquito bites since arriving! There are 20+ bites alone on BOTH of my feet, so you can imagine my annoyance when it comes to a bad itch… I’ve used bug spray with DEET, lime juice, Raid mosquito coils, but I’m amping up my protection by making DIY mosquito traps!

DIY Mosquito Traps

Here’s what you’ll need if you decide you want to set some traps for your house or in your backyard:

  • 2L plastic bottle
  • 1 cup of water
  • some strong tape
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (I’ve seen brown and white sugar used)
  • 1 gram of yeast (this apparently can vary and you can experiment since different mosquitoes are attracted to different amounts of CO2)
  • black construction paper or black plastic bags

Steps:

  1. Boil a pot of water. (I made four traps so I boiled about four cups’s worth of water)
  2. While you’re waiting for it to boil, take your 2L bottle and slice it at the top of the label. You can poke a hole with a scissors and then cut the rest through, or take a sharp knife and slice it like a piece of really plasticky cake 😛
  3. Measure 1 cup of hot water and pour it slowly into the bottom half of the bottle, that way you don’t get any hot water splashing everywhere and burning you.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of sugar into the bottle and mix thoroughly.
  5. Wait for the sugar water to cool to at least room temperature!
  6. Add 1 gram into the bottle. DO NOT MIX! It’ll last up to 2 weeks if you don’t mix it.
  7. Take the top half of the bottle, invert it and place it into the bottom half of the bottle, and take your tape to seal the two pieces of the bottle together. This is to give only one entry way into the bottle and not let those annoying zancudos escape!
  8. Take your black construction paper or plastic bag and wrap the outside of the bottle, leaving just the opening exposed. Apparently mosquitoes like dark colors so they’ll be attracted to your trap!

You’ll want to place the mosquito traps somewhere with low foot traffic so you don’t accidentally spill it. Instructions say to keep it away from you, but I kept two in my room on the opposite side of the room where my bed is, since those annoying creatures like to hang out waiting for the moment I least expect them. I also left one by my bathroom sink since I’ve noticed they like to chill there too.

I’ll let you know if it ends up working!! Comment below if you tried this DIY idea before, or if you have other tried and true ways to protect yourself against mosquitoes and also what you do to kill mosquitoes in your home.

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DIY Toothpaste & Deodorant (Same Recipe Base!)

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Hey everyone 🙂 A loooong time ago, I wanted to write a review comparing different kinds of deodorant since I wanted to eventually move away from the ones that are filled with aluminum compounds, parabens, triclosan (FDA labeled this as a pesticide) propylene glycol (also known as “non-toxic” anti-freeze, guys!!), and more, many of which can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions, and have potential links to cancer… Not to scare you guys away from reading, but it’s important to be informed what you put on your body, especially since deodorants get absorbed through your skin and goes into your system! There are a whole bunch of lymph nodes that reside in the vicinity of your underarms, and can become inflamed and swollen from the toxic additives that are in your deodorant.

I’ve been following many zero waste vloggers and bloggers, and quite a few of them have switched to more natural, zero waste alternatives for deodorant, such as making their own! The tubes that your deodorant and toothpaste are packaged in are often made from plastic that can’t be recycled, so if you want to make a more conscious decision to produce less waste, you can consider making your own deodorant and toothpaste! I’ve just made my first mini-batch of both deodorant and toothpaste, and wanted to share my experience with you.

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Ingredients:

  • baking soda
  • coconut oil
  • essential oils (for scent) – the brand I use is Calily
  • Stevia (for toothpaste)

Steps:

  1. Mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part coconut oil into a container. **I had done 1/2 cup of each, but I would recommend using less coconut oil since it just sits at the top and doesn’t mix very well!**
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  2. Add an appropriate amount of essential oil (the scent of your choice) to the baking soda/coconut oil mix.
  3. Since I was making both toothpaste and deodorant, I separated them into two containers since I wanted different scents for each.
  4. I added peppermint essential oil into the toothpaste mix, and tea tree oil into the deodorant mix. **I put in about 6 drops in each set, but if you want to add more or less, that’s up to you! I’m not a fan of mixing scents, but if you’re adventurous, go for it ;)**
  5. (So I didn’t have Stevia…BUT I highly recommend you invest in some for your toothpaste)

When I tried using my toothpaste sans Stevia, I have to admit, my mouth just felt really greasy from the coconut oil, and salty from that strong baking soda flavor! If you can handle that overwhelming taste, then there’s no need to get Stevia, but I am going to hold off on using my mix for brushing my teeth until I get some… 🙂

For the deodorant, many bloggers have mentioned that your body will take some time to detox and get used to not having chemicals block your sweat glands from producing sweat, so I’m being patient and waiting for the magic to happen! It’s important to mention that sweat should not smell bad; it is the bacteria that would cause an unpleasant odor, so make sure you wash your underarms thoroughly and pat dry after you shower, before you put on the deodorant! Another important tip is if you’re going to transition to your own DIY deodorant, it’s best to do it during the fall going into winter, or in the spring before the summer, that way it’s still cool enough that you won’t produce much sweat, and your body gets enough time to adjust!

There are some people who say that baking soda can be really irritating for their skin, but so far I’ve been okay (maybe it’s the coconut oil that protects my skin!)

Be sure to create only small batches since there’s really no sure-fire way of keeping out random bacteria from creeping into your products, and you don’t want to create a whole vat of this mix only for it to be unusable–coconut oil ain’t cheap, y’all!

Hope you all enjoyed reading 🙂

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