“Quit Buggin’!” DIY remedies for natural annoyances

Taken from the CosmoGirl article “quit buggin’!”

Sting/bite cream

What you need: 1 tsp. meat tenderizer, water

What to do: If you have pain, itching, or swelling from bug bites or stings, mix the meat tenderizer in a small dish with 2-3 drops of water to create a paste. Dab the mixture on top of your bite or sting and leave it on for at least 30 minutes, then rinse. Apply this as often as necessary for relief.

Why it works: The meat tenderizer’s enzymes may help draw out the insect venom.

Bug repellent

What you need: 1/2 oz. unscented body lotion, 3 drops each of eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, and citronella oil

What to do: Mix body lotion and all of the oils in a small dish. Then rup it over your entire body before going outside.

Why it works: Eucalyptus, pepperming, and citronella are all natural bug repellents, and they don’t smell gross!

Poison ivy serum

What you need: 1 cup water, 1 cup apple cider vinegar

What to do: First, do not scratch your skin or you’ll spread the rash to other parts of your body. Mix the water and apple cider vinegar in a cup or bowl. Dip dish towel or paper towel in the mixture and dab on the affected areas. Let it dry, and reapply it as often as it takes to relieve the itch.

Why it works: The acids contained in the vinegar will cool the rash, which will help reduce the itching and irritation you feel.

Athlete’s foot

What you need: 1 clove peeled garlic

What to do: cut the garlic in half and rub it over the infected areas of your foot, between and around your toes. Leave on the juices for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly. Do this once a day for a week. Always dry in between your toes after showering and change your socks at least once a day. Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every single day.

Why it works: The oils from raw, fresh garlic will reduce the itch and may even help kill the fungus

Skunk smell remover

What you need: 2 cups hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 tbs. liquid dish washing soap, plastic gloves.

What to do: If your pet’s eyes are red or if it’s bleeding, take it to the vet immediately! Otherwise, if it’s just a stink, mix the ingredients in a bowl, put on plastic gloves, go outside, hose the affected animal down, and pour half the mixture on and scrub like a shampoo. Rinse and dry, then repeat.

Why it works: The soap breaks up the skunk spray to let oxygen in. And the peroxide-baking soda combo produces oxygen, which removes the odor.

Any others you can think of?


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