I pulled out the mosquito dunks and then pull out our mosquito oils, which we use for insect repellent. I even like to make a citronella candle. I really avoid the chemically-based alternatives to buy at the store, but sometimes my special needs son has mosquito bites that blow up to quarter size. I dunno. He’s like his Mama. They love the both of us.
The rain came down in sheets this weekend, with bursts of tropical downpours. In our South Texas climate, this means a low pressure has chosen to sit right on top of us, near us, or off the Gulf of Mexico. It also can mean El Nino decided to pay us a visit. It also means that with all that nice tropical moisture, there are mosquitoes preparing to hatch.
Since it is still cool enough to sit out on the porch, and the mosquitoes are already biting (Did I say it isn’t even summer yet?), I knew we needed to make a candle. It is easy peasy, and my special needs son even had a homeschool science lesson!
How to Make a Citronella Candle
Gather these materials:
- A small glass jar (mine was a little large, but it worked)
- Cotton string
- A weight of some sort, even a small pebble will work
- A clothespin
- 1/2 cup of oil of your choice
- 1/2 cup of beeswax
- A glass measuring jar, or a small saucepan
- 1/2 teaspoon of citronella or Bug Off essential oil
Melt the beeswax and oil together in the jar or saucepan, until the mixture is liquid. Stir as needed. Add the citronella or Bug Off to your liquid and stir. Set aside.
Attach a string to your weight. The string should be long enough to sit on the bottom of the glass jar or container for your candle, and still long enough to be clipped with the clothespin. Dip the weight with the string attached, into the melted wax and position on the bottom of the container. Clip the string on the top of the jar, making it straight and tight.
Stir the wax and pour carefully into the mold without disturbing the string.
Allow it to cool for several hours. Light as needed. (Makes one candle)
How do you make your citronella candles?