Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kitchen Tip: Bug Bites

Haven't you just been loving all the fun Summer weather? We've been spending quite a few hours every day outside soaking it all up before it ends.

But one of the downsides of all that time outside is the darn mosquitoes. They like to bite me and my family like crazy. My poor daughter doesn't ever seem to notice them crawling on her so her little legs get quite bitten up.

Instead of going out and stocking up on anti-itch cream, I hit up my kitchen and bathroom cabinets whenever we have a bug bite or two that needs some attention.

Not kidding, this stuff works. All you have to do is shmear a bit of toothpaste directly on your bug bite and the itching immediately starts to lessen and continues to until the toothpaste is dry. The only downside to this remedy is that it can be a bit sticky but the perk is that even if you're traveling, you're bound to have some toothpaste on hand.

Baking Soda
For me, this is a messier option but still effective. Just grab some baking soda and mix it together with a smidge of water to create a really thick paste. Then just apply it to the bug bite. Once it hardens, you can wipe it off. For really bad bug bites I sometimes need to repeat the process by adding more paste to it.

Here's to itch-free playing in the yard!


  1. I had a bad allergic reaction a few weeks ago and had a hives rash all over my arms and neck. I took a bath in oatmeal and baking soda, and then made a paste out of baking soda and water and just rubbed it all over my arms and neck. It really works. The downside was that I didn't want to get out of the tub. ☺

  2. Every now and then I use a bit of rubbing alcohol to take away the sting. I've used toothpaste too and it works!


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