Ahhhh….summertime. The days are longer. The nights are warmer. Family vacations are in full swing and pools across America are filled with little boys in saggy trunks and little girls in frilly suits. It’s also the time when mosquitos rule the skies and wage war against anyone willing to show a little skin around dusk. So what do you do to combat such predators? Buy bug repellent, of course. Unfortunately though a number of commercial bug sprays contain DEET, a known toxic chemical. But what would you say if we told you how to avoid the mosquitos, rid yourself of toxins, and spend less than fifty cents per bottle?


By now, you’re asking yourself, what does this have to do with tiny houses? Isn’t Tiny r(E)volution about tiny houses? Sure it is. Tiny r(E)volution was based (and continues on) on some very strong principles, three of which are:

  • All-natural healthcare
  • Space conservation
  • Responsible budgeting

The TerraShield bug spray adheres to all three.

Every year, approximately one-third of the U.S. population uses insect repellents containing DEET to ward off mosquitoes and other pests. At present, DEET is used in more than 230 products with concentrations up to 100 percent.

However, DEET should be used with caution. When you spray DEET on your skin, it is absorbed through your skin, entering the bloodstream. It is then pumped through your nervous system and has been proven to kill brain cells, which in turn causes neurological damage. If you undergo heavy exposure to DEET, you may experience memory loss, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and shortness of breath. My family is no fan of any those symptoms so this year we are using essential oils to combat those little buggers while staying as healthy as possible and spending as little as possible.

For only $12.67, I was able to order a 15ml bottle of TerraShield. Do the math.  That is slightly more than a can of OFF! and because that 15ml bottle has 250 drops, it works out to less than $0.06 a drop!

To make the actual spray I purchased a 2 oz. glass spray bottle  (doTERRA essential oils are so potent and pure, they draw toxins out of plastics, so it is recommended not to store them in a plastic container), filled it with purified water and added 10 drops of TerraShield essential oil blend to it. That’s it! It took me less than 2 minutes to prepare a bottle of spray, cost less than $0.43, and when not in use takes up less room than my tube of toothpaste. And to top that off the bottle of oil allows me to make just at 25 batches of bug spray without an expiration date.