This blend is excellent for young children and pets.
2 tablespoons vanilla extract (not the fake stuff)
2 cups water
Combine ingredients in a small spray/ spritz bottle, shake well to combine. To use, apply liberally, avoiding the eyes. This blend works well on Horses and dogs too.
If you're allergic to vanilla and still looking for a solution, check out this other simple homemade herbal spray that is 10x's More Effective than DEET.
What's Your favorite Homemade Spray or Bug Repellent Tip that has worked for your family?