Homemade Listerine Fly Spray For Horses

With the warm weather comes those pesky gnats, flies, and irritating bugs, making it time to find a solution, such as homemade Listerine fly spray for horses. Knowing how to make a homemade fly spray is great for when your bottle runs out, or your want a more natural alternative. Here we will look at a popular option.

Will Homemade Fly Spray For Horses Listerine Actually Work

One of the main reasons people choose to use a homemade fly spray on their horses is to reduce the number of harsh chemicals coming into contact with the skin. This isn’t just for the horse, but the people handling the horse. But do these sprays actually work?

The homemade fly spray does work and can effectively help keep your horses comfortable. However, it is important to understand that they do not provide protection for long periods. Unlike chemical fly spray that can kill the insect, homemade versions work as a repellent.

To work a homemade fly spray will require proper application more than once per day. By proper, we mean that the spray must connect with the coat, and not float off into the air as you apply it. The spray also needs a good base.

Will Homemade Fly Spray For Horses Listerine Actually Work

Precautions To Take When Making Homemade Horse Fly Spray With Listerine

Always take precautions when mixing a homemade fly repellent for horses. Many recipes call for essential oils. But just because they are natural, it does not mean that they won’t harm your horse.

The oils can cause skin irritations, coat discoloration, burns, and allergic reactions. Always make sure you use them with the correct dilution to avoid this. And always spot test new ingredients to make sure your horse isn’t allergic.

Allergic reactions can appear as hives, itching, a rash, or some kind of general discomfort. Also, use caution using some types of oils. When out in the sun, these oils can lead to burns.

Homemade Listerine Fly Spray For Horses

Listerine is an inexpensive and usually safe product to use as a fly spray. It is often something you have in the house, and if not, a quick run to the store is all it takes to get it. This makes it a good backup option if you can’t easily get to a tack shop.

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The reason Listerine has a reputation for repelling flies is one of its ingredients: eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil in high enough concentrations is often found an effective bug repellant. However, the concentration in Listerine is too low to achieve good protection.

To create a Listerine fly spray that offers good protection, you will need to combine it with some other ingredients. If you want to try Listerine on your own, keep in mind, it is not very potent, and you will probably have to reapply it often. However, on its own, it is one of the safer options for both humans and horses.

Listerine Fly Spray Recipe For Horses

Here we will share some homemade Listerine fly spray for horses recipes. We have not personally tested these recipes, so advise users to use them at their own risk and do a patch test first.

Baby Oil And Listerine

This is a simple recipe to use on the top of a horse’s tail. Small insects can burrow under the hair, causing irritation. The irritation will lead to itching.

Baby Oil And Listerine

By rubbing the mixture into the tail, you can soothe the itchiness and provide some mild antiseptic effects. To make this repellent, simply dilute the Listerine with equal parts of baby oil. The main precaution to take with this option is the risk of the baby oil causing burns with sun exposure.

Listerine And Vinegar

Another simple homemade fly spray for horses is mixing amber Listerine and apple cider vinegar. This is a super quick and easy remedy. Just mix equal amounts of each ingredient in a spray bottle and apply it to your horse.

3 Ingredient Recipe

The third recipe to share uses Listerine, baby oil, and white vinegar. Add 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 cups of Listerine, and 2 cups of baby oil into a bottle and shake it well. You will probably have to shake this mixture well before each use.

5 Ingredient Recipe 

Our final homemade fly spray is the most complicated, but only in that it uses several ingredients. In a large spray bottle, combine 1 cup of Avon Skin So Soft, 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup Listerine, 1 ounce of citronella (make sure you get the safe kind), and 4 ounces Laser Sheen. Use water to fill the remainder of the space left in your bottle and shake well.


Listerine on its own is probably not the most effective equine fly spray option. However, it is handy for some last-minute short protection. When mixed with other insect repelling ingredients, the protection is better.

Finally, it is a safe choice, just don’t forget to patch test all of your ingredients before covering your horse.

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