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post #1 of 9 Old 05-07-2013, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question how to make healthy homemade flyspray?!

Does anyone know how to make easy homemade fly spray?
I need it to spray on my milk cow and horses.....
I've heard there is a simple one to make with white vinegar, water, and dishsoap..... anyone hear of that?

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-07-2013, 11:06 AM
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Mine that works well is with 3/4 cup skin so soft, 2 cups white vinegar (I usually do half white half apple cider) and a tablespoon blue dawn. I put it In the bottle then fill the reat with water
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Does the Skin so Soft help cover the vinegar smell? I don't know why, but I really hate the smell of vinegar.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-07-2013, 12:09 PM
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Iv tryed the vinagar dish dawn soap and water mixture doesn't do a darn thing to repel flys. Easier to buy fly spray that works iv never have had success with homemade fly sprays.

Might as well not even spray them the stuff doesn't work.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-07-2013, 12:56 PM
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The best way to keep flies off of your horses is to clean them. During training I start by mixing up Mane -N- Tail with water. After grooming I brush my horse's legs with this and I watch where my horse is being "bugged" and brush there, too. I use SWAT under their eyes and on their ears, which get particularly irritated and take my horse's focus off of ME, their Queen and trainer. Yes, I'll use Repel-X, too when I need to. I like to spray the tail with that.

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Vinegar seems to attract flies, here in the Pacific.

For a TEMPORARY repellant, mix about an ounce of eucalyptus oil, and I think the same of citronella oil, in about 4x the amount of water. My (vegan) teacher would add a little vinegar to help it mix.

Then she'd actually dilute that, use it daily. I had to make mine very strong to work, and the oils aren't cheap. Get them at Natural Health stores.
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-07-2013, 09:51 PM
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I have had a lot of luck with it:) apple cider vinegar does not smell as bad, that's why I use it. But if you don't like that smell either then yes I guess it would smell bad lol
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-08-2013, 08:47 PM
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In an attempt to go more *green* and use less/no harsh chemicals on our horses I've followed this recipe. It works ok. Make sure the oils you use are pure essential oils.

U.S. Forest Service Bug Spray Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil
2 cups vinegar
1 tbs. Eucalyptus oil (found in health food stores)
Optional: few tablespoons of citronella oil.
Shake spray bottle well before spraying on horse, human or dog!

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