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Does Vicks VapoRub Repel Mosquitos?

A mosquito tries to feed though a pair of jeans.
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Vicks VapoRub is the go-to for many people when it comes to finding relief from congestion. But, there are plenty of other uses for VapoRub that you might not know about—like repelling mosquitos.

According to some, Vicks VapoRub can potentially help keep mosquitos away from your vulnerable skin.

While there’s not a ton of science behind this mosquito-repelling hack, some people swear by it. There’s no denying that Vicks has a strong smell. A few deep breaths can completely clear out your nostrils. But, some bugs don’t appreciate the scent like we do.

Vicks VapoRub contains a substance called Camphor—a common component of many medicines. But, it can also be used as a natural insect repellent.

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If you want to try using VapoRub as a mosquito deterrent (it can help to ward off fleas, too), dab a bit on the exposed areas of your skin before heading outside. Keep in mind that, well, you’re going to smell a bit like menthol. Some people might not mind that, and it might be better smelling than many commercial mosquito repellents, but it’s something to consider before you slather on the Vicks.

While more research needs to be done on Vicks VapoRub as a mosquito repellent, the best way to see if it really works is to try it out for yourself! Spreading a bit of Vicks on yourself won’t cause any harm (as long as you’re not allergic), and it might make for a more enjoyable evening outdoors without the risk of getting bitten.

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Stacey Koziel is a news writer at LifeSavvy. She's worked as a freelance writer for over ten years, focusing on family and lifestyle content. She also has a background in marketing and social media, and is always eager to talk (and write!) about the latest TikTok trends. Read Full Bio »
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