More and more people are looking for alternatives to commonly used chemicals and environmentally friendly and effective home remedies are becoming increasingly popular. Cloves are a very effective household repellent and can be used in a variety of ways, including planting them in lemon or lime halves, soaking them in an alcohol solution, or using them to make a homemade repellent.

To make a homemade repellent, soak about 20 cloves in vinegar for 3 to 4 days, then drain the solution and pour it into a spray bottle. For even greater effectiveness, mix apple cider vinegar, a small handful of cloves, and a repellent essential oil such as lemon, mint, or lavender and heat the mixture for about ten minutes before filtering and pouring it into a sprayer.

In addition to natural repellents, you can also plant herbs such as lavender, mint, thyme, basil and garlic to create an herbal barrier that repels insects. Finally, a citrus-based tick repellent can be made by boiling citrus pieces in water and straining the mixture to apply to clothing and exposed body parts. With these tips, you can effectively protect your garden from harmful insects in an environmentally friendly way.