Who loves to get bitten by mosquitoes and other insects that take advantage of our blood? No one!
But did you know? Citronella oil is known as an effective insect repellent because of its ability to conceal the scents insects are fond of. And here I show you how to make homemade citronella candles!
- Double boiler
- Any container for the candles
- Pre-waxed wicks
- Glue gun/tape
- Citronella oil
- Other oils for scent (optional)
- Crayons (optional)
- Stick the bottom of the pre-waxed wicks at the containers using a glue gun or a tape. Make sure that it’s at the center.
- Prepare your double boiler, set the heat at medium heat, add the wax, then let it melt. The wax can be in bar form or flaked, it’s just up to you what you want to use.
- It’s now time to add the citronella oil. Pour 1 oz of citronella oil per pound of wax or three drops per container. If you want to add some fragrance, like those other fragrances that also repel bugs (rosemary, oregano, peppermint), you can pour 0.5 oz of it also per pound of wax.
- If you want to add colour, you can also opt to mix crayons into it. If you find the colour too dark or too strong, don’t worry, it will lighten once it cooled down.
- Before you put the wax into the containers, you should first make the containers warm so that the wax will cool evenly and there will be no problem when you pour it too hot. To do that, set the oven at its lowest temperature and put the containers inside for a few seconds or even a minute.
- Cool the wax slightly before you put it into the containers then fix the position of the wick, still at the center. You can secure the position using a stick if you’re having trouble. Let it cool.
- You can also decorate the containers with ribbons or anything you like. Store them where bugs and insects are rampant so that it will be easier for you to light them up whenever they pest around.