By Jessie Leventhal

Bug bites? We’ve all been there and felt the pain…many times (damn crawlers!). No matter how much bug repellent we coat our bodies with, those sneaky creatures still manage to devour our skin. We have tried all kinds of sprays, towelettes and nets to keep the bugs out of our site, but sometimes even those preventative measures can’t withstand the pesky little devils. Because we’ve been defeated time and time again, we know exactly how to care for our itchy, red, swollen bug bites…all with products straight from our kitchens and medicine cabinets! And, well, luck for you, we’re sharing!

7 Home Remedies For Bug Bites

Ice. A cool ice cube does more than numb us to feeling the itch. Rather, ice helps to numb the area, reduce the swelling and ease the itching of the bite. Get the most out of this easy DIY remedy by applying ice as soon as you notice the bite, in order to minimize the symptoms.

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Salt & Baking Soda. Mix together equal parts of baking soda and salt before adding enough water to create a thick paste. Apply it to the bite to relieve the itchy feeling and the red coloring of the bite.

Vitamin E. If you have a well-stocked vitamin cabinet, you likely have a Vitamin E capsule somewhere in there and, well, if you don’t you may want to pick some up next time you’re at the drugstore. Just puncture the capsule and apply the oil directly to the bug bite to moisturize the skin, improve scar tissue and, ultimately, fade the mosquito bite scar.

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Toothpaste. Who would have thought, but toothpaste actually takes the itch out! Just smooth regular flavored toothpaste all over bitten area and let it dry.

Meat Tenderizer. This is an age-old bee sting remedy but the fact is that it works on most types of bug bites! Mix powdered meat tenderizer with water to form a thick paste and cover the bug bit and irritated area for 10 minutes or so. It will neutralize the poison, relieve the itch and swelling and make your bite feel, well, tender, in just minutes!

Banana Peel. Rub the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite to take the itch out by reducing the inflammation and irritation! Leave that bit of residue on to allow the banana peel to work its anti-itching magic!

Aspirin. Another medicine cabinet remedy, but this one is all about stopping the itch! Just wet an aspirin tablet and rub it on the bite to relieve the “I’m about the scratch off my (insert afflicted body part here)” feeling stat – and reduce swelling too!

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