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4 Easy Steps On How To Make Your Own Mosquito-repelling Citronella Candles

mosquito-repelling citronella candles

It’s a beautiful, balmy night. You decide to sit out and do a little star gazing. Wonderful… until the mosquitoes find you! Human skin is a myriad jumble of fragrances. The bacteria living on our skin emit more than 200 odour chemicals. Mosquitoes are drawn to those odors.

That’s why they swarm your barbecues and evening porch-sitting, invade your home, whine, and buzz incessantly in your ears.

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11/24/2022 11:20 am GMT

Solution? Make mosquito-repelling citronella candles!

This little DIY project makes use of citronella. From backyard barbecues to public outdoor areas, citronella torch fuel is one of the most effective ways to repel mosquitoes while providing ambient light!

DIY Mason Jar Citronella Oil Candles
Mosquito-repelling citronella candle

What are the materials needed to make your own mosquito-repelling citronella candles?

Just another wonderful use for mason jars, too! But these citronella candles can also be made with any other glass jar with a lid – even your empty coffee or jam jars!

Make some now and add them to your patio or deck! The bonus is that the subtle candlelight adds to the ambience without interfering with your stargazing 🙂


  • Mason Jars (or any glass jars with lid and ring)
  • Citronella Torch Fuel
  • 1/8″ Lamp Wicks
  • Duct Tape (small amount)


  • Nail Punch
  • Phillips Screwdriver or Nail
  • Hammer

How to make your own mosquito-repelling citronella candles?

1. Gather the materials.

Use a Mason jar and a small wick.

2. On the center of the mason jar lid, create a small hole for the wick.

Insert the small wick into the mason jar’s center lid using a small duct tape. You should only have about 1/8 inch of the wick on top or outside the lid. Remove the duct tape when done.

3. Add the citronella

Pour the citronella fuel into the mason jar, don’t overflow.

4. Pull and adjust the wick through the center hole and screw on the lid and ring.

Now you have your own mosquito-repelling citronella candle. Just remember, mosquito-repelling citronella candles should not be left unattended for safety reasons.

Thanks to Marty’s Musings for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

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