Have you been spending more time outdoors or do you plan to? I wholeheartedly believe in outdoor time. I try to do at least one or two fun things with the kids each week and we keep a loose “routine.” We swim, visit the bookstore, go to the park, or visit with friends or family.
We get in physical activity everyday. I walk or jog while the kids ride their bikes or scooters. My mother in law recently moved in with us and now the kids ALSO join her when she goes for her walks. (My mother in law is a teeny bit competitive and doesn’t like it when I have more steps than she does. I get in more steps now just to keep her on her toes lol.)
But, the heat is ridiculous in Florida so we go in the early evening hours. But then we deal with something almost as bad…bugs.
One of the worst things about living in Florida are the bugs! It doesn’t seem to matter how much bug spray we use or what time of day we go outside, inevitably a mosquito, ant, or gnat gets one of us.
I buy a bunch of hydrocortisone itch cream tubes every time we go to the dollar store but I can never seem to find one when I need it. I used to use it for eczema spots (before I started making my own body butter) and now I only search for it when there is an itchy bug bite to contend with.
Our reliance on the store bought cream is a little pricey (even though it’s only a dollar a tube) because we always lose them and buy more.
As part of my move toward a more natural home, I decided that the itch cream would be my next easy replacement. But rather than make a cream, I wanted a more portable solution.
So I came up with these simple homemade itch wipes. I love the ease of using disposable wipes. I especially like the thriftiness of making homemade wipes!
How to make bug bite wipes
Little ramekin sized plastic container or ziplock bag (I got a pack of the ramekins at the Dollar Tree.)
5-6 cotton rounds
2 Tbs witch hazel
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops frankincense essential oil
Homemade Itch Wipe Directions:
In the container, add two tablespoons of witch hazel. Witch hazel is an astringent that also soothes the skin. I use it on razor burn too!
Add cotton rounds to soak up liquid.
I added a label because I “found” these cool fabric sticker sheets when I was decluttering. Plus, my kids can read now…so I label everything.
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Are your kids are mosquito magnets too?
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