also try fabric softener dryer sheets, esp. downy. rub it on the clothes you want to use and also dry your clothes with those sheets. it helps as well as the bug repellents. we have rubbed it on our legs arms and necks and feet w/out any side affects.
also citronella oil is good too.
I've heard vanilla, tea tree oil, Avon Skin so soft, vinegar....
I think the theory behind all of those scnets is that is messed with mosquitos ability ability to sense the CO2 in your breath that attradcts them to you.
personally, I don't think DEET is evil if used appropriately. I found the following article that gives some info on DEET and Kids as well as some natural alternatives CDC finds effective (that I didn't know before...)
Actually, I just got back from the DR...Punta Cana. I took down 2 bottles of "Off" spray since everyone told me that i would need it.... we didn't need it at all. There were absolutely no bugs, no sand fleas, nothing. Just some cute little lizards.
we did the fireworks at the lake yesterday evening. no bites on any of us. before we went out there we had used the bounce (outdoor fresh) dryer sheets w/the laundry. so whatever is in it really does work. aint too sure but it's probably a safe bet to say that any of the dryer sheets would work, even ones w/febreeze. be sure not to wear a whole bunch of colognes or perfumes.