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Is Greenerways Organic Bug Repellent Safe for Kids and Dogs?

Our best selling mosquito repellent and bug spray are all natural, USDA Organic, Non GMO, Premium Safe Repellent for kids older than 6 months and pets. And, it’s DEET FREE.

When you spray it to your clothing and skin, it will repel mosquitos, ticks, flies, chiggers, mites, sand flies, and gnats. Rest assured Greenerways Organic is safe on hiking, fishing, hunting, camping gear, and clothing.

We use all organic essential oils - Lemongrass, Cedar and Citronella. These are effective in deterring pests and also have other beneficial properties to our bodies and minds as well.

For example;

  • Lemongrass is known for helping with high blood pressure, and is a popular tool in aromatherapy to help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Cedar oil has a great soothing and calming effect on the mind. It cures inflammation and itching on the skin while relieving tension and anxiety.
  • Citronella has properties known as antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, fungicidal, and is a known insect repellent.
Our products were made by our family, for our family with incredible care and dedication. We were unhappy with the toxic and chemically ridden choices we found when we were pregnant and needed a bug spray, so we set to develop our own formula with the help of Jayme’s grandmother who had been using essential oils her whole life and kept a diary about her formulas. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

What is DEET and Will it Ruin My Clothes?

DEET products have reportedly stained clothes and melted through breathable fabrics that many hikers and campers wear. Phillip Werner did a really interesting experiment for - He had some old, torn up Mountain Hardware Cohesion Pants, and he applied 30% DEET to one area of the outside of the pants and 100% DEET to another area. Both melted through the middle and inside layer of the pants, the 30% DEET spot was more localized than the 100% spot, though. The 100% spot continued to dissolve the pants. Now imagine using this on your skin. Many people complain of DEET leaving dark stains on their clothes. 

Our products are DEET-free, non-toxic, organic and not harmful to your skin, lungs or clothes. They're safe for your children and pets and there is no oily or sticky residue. The essential oils actually nourish your skin, as opposed to the potentially harmful effects of DEET. Seems like a no brainer to us! Look at our products here.

How Do Essential Oils Repel Mosquitoes?

Everyone can agree that pesky insects can really ruin a great day outdoors. No one enjoys finding a tick on their child’s body, on their beloved dog, or scratching relentlessly at swollen bites. The season for outdoor play and recreation is quickly upon us, so let’s talk solutions to these irksome problems.

The use of certain oils work better than others, so our Greenerways Organic formula is made with citronella, lemongrass and cedar oil.

Citronella oil is popularly used as an insect repellent. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a biopesticide with a non-toxic mode of action. Citronella oil can be found in dozens of registered pesticide products, such as sprays, lotions, and candles. It’s sometimes added to sunscreen and flea collars. Due to its antifungal properties, citronella oil is also used to help heal insect bites.

Lemongrass oil can kill bacteria externally, relieve muscle pain and body aches and is especially good for repelling fleas, flies, and mosquitoes. Additionally, it offers antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great essential oil to keep on hand. Its citrusy scent is a lovely bonus, too!

Cedar oil essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antifungal, and astringent properties. According to the EPA, this essential oil can help to naturally repel moths and pests from your home while discouraging the growth of mildew! These impressive characteristics of cedar oil make it useful for such a wide range of common health concerns including skin problems, hair loss, infections, stress and much more.


Greenerways is proud to be all organic, non-toxic, and DEET-free. We are a family company, started by a Mom who was pregnant with her first child and concerned with all the harmful and toxic products on the market. She did extensive research and formulated her own unique formula which works, nourishes skin, and is never sticky or greasy. Try some of our products today.