Natural & Safe Alternatives to Roundup / Natural Bug Repellents

In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and other weed killers, as “probably carcinogenic to humans” In July of 2017 the California State Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added glyphosate to its  Prop 65 list of known carcinogens.

Fox 8 Clip on Natural Weed Killers & Natural Bug Repellents

Let’s start taking our health back for ourselves and our kids by using safe and chemical free lawn care! There are alternatives to Roundup, the powerful & dangerous weedkiller. Glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup) herbicides have been linked to various cancers specifically lymphoma, are endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic, and a cause of liver disease. It is also linked to infertility and miscarriages. Global studies show that we are routinely exposed to dangerous levels of glypohsate. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that our children are the most vulnerable to pesticides & we need to take action to protect the future.

Glyohosate is now a generic chemical, in 750 products, with over 650 TONS used in 2013. Glyohosate is now 40 years old. The EPA only conducts safety tests on the “active chemical ingredient “ of products, not the combination of chemicals. A study done by Seralini’s Team reveal the other chemicals in Roundup make Glyohosate 1000 x more toxic!

There have been 85,000 new chemicals brought to the market in the United States without ANY safety studies in the last 100 years. Glyohosate is just ONE of them. Kids and babies are so much more susceptible to the harmful effects from toxins; pound per pound they breathe in more air, and drink more water in proportion to body weight and are growing at a rapid pace. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to exposure to pesticides as well, as they are growing a tiny human. We have to pull together as parents, and do everything we can to reduce our kids toxic burden. One HUGE concern is the amount of Glyohosate being sprayed everywhere.

(Check out a previous blog on what GMO’s are and why we should avoid them)

Natural & Safe Alternative to Roundup

Remember, glyphosate isn’t just in Roundup. It is in hundreds of other brands as well. SO be mindful you are avoiding glyphosate or other harmful herbicides in the products you’re buying, and switch to safer! :)

DIY Weedkiller. Mix 2 cups of epsom salt, 1 gallon of vinegar and 1/4 cup of blue dawn dish soap together. Pour into a spray bottle and spray in the morning on your weeds. That evening or the next day, weeds should be dead! This is so easy, safe and less expensive than any herbicide you’d buy at the store.

Burnout is THE safe alternative to Roundup! This kills weeds and grass. Burnout is PEOPLE & PET safe! A good rule of thumb to know whether or not something is toxic, is to see if you can walk on the area right after you spray. The active ingredients in this are citric acid and clove oil. Burnout says on the label “PEOPLE & PET SAFE”. This is what you want a product to say!

Weed Beater FE kills your weeds and not your grass, and is SAFE to use ! Weed Beater FE is made from naturally occurring Iron (FeHEDTA) and is “PEOPLE & PET SAFE” when used as directed.  It will weaken and kill many broadleaf weeds like Dandelions.  Because it is naturally occurring it is ok to seed the same day you apply it.  

*****It’s not just glyphosate that has a whole list of dangers attached with it. Weed and Feed is not ok to use either! It’s actually said to be 10x more toxic than glyphosate. Switch to something safe. Good Nature (a local organic lawn care service) uses a safe and organic Tuff Turf Lawn Seed and fertilizer.

Natural Bug Repellents

REPEL Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent. MADE WITH OIL OF LEMON EUCALYPTUS: This DEET-free spray is safe for adults and children older than 3.

  • REPELS MOSQUITOES FOR UP TO 6 HOURS:

  • Creates a barrier against mosquitoes, including those that may transmit the Zika, West Nile, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses.

Nantucket Spider Mosquito Repellent. I like this bug spray because they use clove oil instead of soybean oil & a higher concentration of essential oils. You can find it at Whole Foods, Nantucketspider.com, or Amazon. Almost all soy is genetically engineered so I try to avoid non organic soy even if we aren't digesting it. Nantucket Spider contains no DEET & is not greasy or sticky.

  • BROAD SPECTRUM ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL INSECT REPELLENT A higher concentration than most other brands; broad spectrum repels wide range of insects. Ingredients; rosemary, geranium, cedarwood, peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass, clove and citronella.

  • LAB TESTED PROVEN EFFECTIVE TO REPEL Mosquitos (99 per cent effective in independent tests) Flies including Biting Flies, Black Fly, Horse Flies, Black Flies, Deer Flies, Greenhead Flies, No See Ums, and variety of Flying Insects. Does not repel spiders.

  • RECOMMENDED USE Bug spray can be applied as frequently as needed from head to toe. For People. Adults, Children, and Kids. An all natural bug repellent for horses too. Not for cats. Always test a patch of skin for allergy sensitivity before use.

Nantucket Spider Tick Spray. You can also find this at Whole Foods, Nantucketspider.com, or Amazon.

  • LAB TESTED PROVEN EFFECTIVE Against Ticks for Humans and Horses. Repelled 92 per cent of deer ticks in independent laboratory tests. For people including adults, children, and kids. Not for dogs or cats. No DEET, no soy, vegan, kosher, cruelty-free.

  • BROAD SPECTRUM ESSENTIAL OIL TICK REPELLENT. Organic essential oils of clove, geranium, peppermint, cedarwood, spearmint, rosemary and cinnamon, and has an appealing vanilla spice scent. Distilled water, vegetable glycerin and natural vanillin.

DIY Mosquito Spray. If you’re feeling like super mom, make your own spray! Wellness Mama has an awesome DIY spray on her blog.

Badger Anti-Bug Sunscreen. The Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen and Anti-Bug Combo is water resistant for up to 40 minutes and safe for children of all ages! This dual-use product contains a deet-free non-toxic bug repellant that works! 100% natural formula is chemical free and thoroughly moisturizes while it protects.

Citronella Candles. Citronella is well known for keeping mosquitos away. I usually stock up on citronella candles at World Market or Whole Foods. You can also order them here.

Repellent Wrist Bands. These wrist bands provide constant protection and are also waterproof! It’s great for extra protection against mosquitos, and perfect to put on your kids.

Mosquito Barrier Spray. This mosquito spray is over 99% garlic extract. REQUIRES LITTLE USAGE – Just one spraying of all natural, liquid garlic-based Mosquito Barrier will keep mosquitoes from coming by. One application lasts 3-4 weeks.

  • NATURAL PRODUCT – The No-Chemical, No-Poison Answer To Your Mosquito Problem.

  • MADE FROM GARLIC – Mosquitoes can't tolerate garlic - that's why there are no mosquitoes in a garlic field.

  • SAFETY FIRST – Safe for children, pets, and other animals alike - better than traditional chemical pesticides.

B Vitamins. This is not well studied, but some doctors will tell you this information that I find so interesting! It is not effective mosquito repellent by itself, but is definitely worth noting this natural remedy! If you find that you or your kids get bit up pretty bad, especially compared to others, you may be low in B vitamins. Try starting with adding more foods that contain vitamin B first; pasture raised eggs (natures multivitamin if you can tolerate eggs), vegetables, and fish. Biotics B Complex is a good brand if you’re looking to supplement.




Safe Animal Repellent

Repels All. This is people & pet safe and helps keep deer, beavers, raccoons, birds, crows, rabbits, squirrels and more away!