Raising children in the 21st century is no walk in the park. We’re more aware of dangers than ever before, and it seems our collective villages have shrunk until they’re almost non-existent. We worry about child predators, judgmental parents, healthy food, screen time, and dangerous chemicals.
Our environment has changed over the years, and chemicals can be found in everything from the snacks we serve our children to the products we slather on their skin. So it only makes sense that we’re looking for safer alternatives. We search for the right organic foods, and we read labels on our sunscreens, lotions, and insect repellents. We know the dangers and health risks of tick and mosquito bites, but we sometimes feel like we’re being forced to make an impossible choice — dangerous chemicals smeared across our children’s precious skin, or the threat of Lyme disease, Zika virus, and more.
So the idea of baby oil being used as a mosquito repellent seems ideal to us. A safe alternative to the chemicals found in most insect repellents that can also keep mosquitoes — and their accompanying threats of illness — away? Sounds too good to be true.
Does Baby Oil Protect Children Against Mosquitoes?
Baby oil is a popular alternative to mosquito repellents containing DEET. Spend time in any online forum about the subject, and you’ll see parents raving about the effectiveness of baby oil protecting children against mosquito bites. However, perception doesn’t always match scientific reality.
A study from the Notre Dame Environmental Research Center found that, despite anecdotes, baby oil was ineffective at repelling mosquitoes. Citronella candles were also found to be ineffective.
The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources says baby oil can suffocate mosquito larvae and pupae when it is in the water where they live. However, this doesn’t mean adult mosquitoes will also be suffocated by oil when worn on a person.
Another study was done at the University of Florida, testing 17 nationally marketed mosquito repelling products. 15 volunteers put their forearms into cages containing 10 mosquitoes. The brave volunteers wore different repellents. In the study, products that contained DEET repelled mosquitoes better than the other products — up to 302 minutes (that’s about five hours) while Avon Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil failed after only 9-1/2 minutes.
But Is There an Alternative to DEET?
It’s true that DEET is an effective mosquito repellent, but is it the safest? Studies have found that DEET can actually have toxic effects on the central nervous system. Plus, it can also be harmful to the environment, and since it can’t be readily broken down, DEET lingers in the environment long after we’ve washed it off our skin. With Deet, you and your children may enjoy five mosquito-free hours, but what is it doing to the long-term health of your family and the environment?
Deter Insect Repellent is made of natural ingredients and is completely DEET free. Instead, it relies on soybean oil, spearmint oil, geraniol, and geranium oil to repel mosquitoes. And it works. Scientific studies have shown Deter Insect Repellent to be effective at repelling mosquitoes for up to not five, but six, hours. Safe, and more effective than repellents containing DEET, Deter Insect Repellent is a no-brainer. Plus, it’s non-greasy and smells great, with a fresh spearmint scent. Protect your family with the safe and effective insect repellent from Deter. Check it out today.