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Pampered Chef: Homemade Herbal Insect Repellent and Kitchen Spritzer

  1. pelamm

    pelamm Member

    I found a recipe for an herbal insect repellent in the most recent Mother Earth News. It says to store it in an opaque bottle. I am wondering if anything in it would mess up the mechanisms of the Kitchen Spritzer? You could slide the spritzer in a bag to provide opaqueness, and have the convenience of being able to spray it rather than rub it on.

    2 TBS citronella essential oil
    2 TBS rosemary essential oil
    2 TBS geranium essential oil
    2 TBS eucalyptus essential oil
    1/2 cup olive oil.

    Directions: Store in a labeled, opaque bottle. Dab the oil on a bandanna, clothing, hat or skin. Keep away from eyes and mouth.

    Any input?


    Paula in TN
    Jun 10, 2005
  2. dawn424383

    dawn424383 Member

    Since all the ingredients are oils, I would think it would be safe for the mechanism, but I wouldn't want to go back to using it for cooking again after it had insect repellant in it! :eek: I don't know the real answer to that question, though. Just my thoughts.
    Jun 10, 2005
  3. pelamm

    pelamm Member

    Oh, no, definately wouldn't use it for cooking after that, but they can buy more than one, right? LOL
    Jun 10, 2005
  4. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    I would think that the spritzer bottle would be considered "opaque".
    Jun 11, 2005
  5. pelamm

    pelamm Member

    Really? I wasn't sure since I don't have a Spritzer, and the pic in the catalog seemed like you could see the liquid really easily. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I consider opaque to be where it won't let light thru to the contents. Kind of like yellow milk jugs vs. white ones, if that makes sense.

    Jun 11, 2005
  6. chefloriray

    chefloriray Guest

    Sorry...dont understand why it has to be an opaque bottle in the first place???
    Jun 11, 2005
  7. pelamm

    pelamm Member

    My guess is to keep light from causing the mixture to "go bad".

    Jun 11, 2005
  8. Ann F

    Ann F Advanced Member Gold Member

    That's right. That's why most of your liquid prescription meds come in amber (light resistant) bottles... Translucent isn't the same as opaque. Ann F. (pharmacist in my "other life" :))
    Jun 11, 2005
  9. chefloriray

    chefloriray Guest

    Got it! Thanks for the info ;)
    Jun 11, 2005
  10. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    The spritzer is like the suds pump. It will let the light through.
  11. Chef Kearns

    Chef Kearns Legacy Member Gold Member

    Will it matter

    You don't plan on having it sit outside are you? It should be fine in your pantry or under your sink. You would take it out when you need it. Even if you take it to the beach or the park or something it won't just sit out in the sun. I think it should be fine. That's my humble opinion.

    I'm going to try it. My brother in law bought a fantastic property out in the middle of nowhere. The bugs are sure there though!!
    Jun 13, 2005
  12. proudmama02

    proudmama02 Member

    Get a large sticker and wrap around spritzer. This way you can also label what is in the bottle. Wouldn't want to have someone grab it by mistake and use it for cooking etc.
    Jul 1, 2005
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