I have an all natural bug spray that uses distilled water and a combination of four essential oils, and NOT containing DEET. If I spray it on my body and clothing before climbing will these essential oils weaken the fibers of the climbing ropes?

  • Does your bug spray actually work? This was my introduction to essential oils: Using Essential Oils - Ultra Spiritual Life episode 33 – ShemSeger May 23 '16 at 5:49
  • @Ginji This question is clearly related. But from quickly scanning the answers of this question I do not find (essential) oils addressed. So unless you write up or edit an answer there that clearly addresses this, there is no reason to close this question as duplicate. Closing would lead to this question being unanswered, which would probably deter readers. – imsodin May 23 '16 at 7:11
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    On second thoughts: This is answered in the linked question (voted to close): Oil itself is not a problem. The "essential" part can be almost anything, wikipedia lists one danger as some being flammable at 50degC which a hot abseil device can reach. So I would not take the (admittedly small) risk. Rather use bug deterrent on your clothes where it is anyway much more effective. – imsodin May 23 '16 at 8:56
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    Why would you spray bug spray on a rope?! – gerrit May 23 '16 at 13:25
  • The other questions ask about bug sprays containing deet, which mine don't and I would spray on myself and clothing, and because my clothing would be touching the rope, and my hands may have the bug spray on it, will it weaken the fibers of the rope? – charlene May 23 '16 at 16:32

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