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Mosquito Bites

Now, I’ve spent my whole being an apparent feast for the little buggers, at one point when I was little someone asked my mom if I had chicken pox – (well, I also was horrible about scratching them open too…), my poor mother. 🙂 No matter where I was if there was a mosquito – he’d (or more correctly “she”) would come and bite me – torturing me for the next few days.  Well, it’s no surprise that my kids are the same way. And I guess I’m a bit of a naturalist, so I have a little bit of a problem spraying my kids with poison that’s covered in warnings and has little effect on the actual mosquitoes, but adverse affects on my children instead.  So, thus far, I must say we have just done our best to kill them if we see them and wear suitable clothing if we know we’ll be in an area where there are a lot of them.

Well, recently my aunt – who, along with my mom, always comes up with the neatest little tidbits of information, home remedies and lots of fun recipes and things.  So, one of the things she passed along to me was that Listerine works for repelling mosquitoes.  So, I researched it a little on the net and found that a lot of people have testified to the same thing and I almost feel a little foolish for being behind on that one.

Well, I must say that it does work!  It’s fantastic, it’s has a clean scent, of course.. it’s fairly inexpensive – generic works just great – (the Amber, not blue) and it’s easy to use.  I just fill up a little spray bottle, have my kids stand facing me and then turn around as I spray them from head to  toe.  I don’t have to worry about it getting in their face, hair, clothing or washing their hands before they eat or worry about whether it’s going to make them sick or cause them cancer when they’re older.  If you take a look at the ingredients it makes perfect sense – Eucalyptol, Menthol & Thymol – all potent scents similar to Citronella, but safer to use.

So, if you’re looking for something easy to use to repel those nasty mosquitoes – give it a try.  It’s not perfect – if the kids play in water you may need to re-spray them, or if they’re running around sweating or anything like that. But it works as good, if not better, than any nasty repellent that you could spend a lot more money on.  I’ve read that a lot of people also will spray it around their deck and swimming pool also – it’s safe to spray around food/picnic areas too, and I like to spray it on the stroller or back-pack before going out.

I also read that it’s great for dandruff – in fact that was it’s original purpose, the itch from insect bites, pimples or skin irritation, scabies, shingles.. you name it – if it’s a problem with your skin – Listerine is a good product to try.  I’m not real sure about poison ivy yet, I’ve been a little afraid to try it because anything slightly oily seems to make it spread, but it also has alcohol in it, which that, if nothing else might help… ?