Snot Season – Be Gone!

Winter is here and it’s a serious snot fest. Everyone has lingering coughs and colds. I think my family is doing it’s bit to keep Kleenex in business - we’ve gone through at least 10 family size boxes of tissues so far this winter.

When I was younger, every time I had a cold, mum used to half fill a bowl with boiling hot water and then put in a blob of Vicks. I then used to sit over it with a towel over my head, inhaling all of that hot menthol steam.

I can’t remember if it worked. However, I do remember it was hot and sweaty and if I forgot to close my eyes, the vapours would make my eyes sting.

Well with all of the snot at our place lately, this tutorial caught my eye. It’s on the blog ‘Being Frugal By Choice’ and has a fantastic recipe to make homemade Vicks shower disks.


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Now I’ve never heard of Vicks Shower Disks here in Australia – perhaps they’re only available in the U.S.?

I’m intrigued to try this. I wonder if it works.


What tips do you have to get rid of the winter snot and sniffles?




  1. Sore throat? Gargle with apple cider vinegar (which can be diluted if necessary) or, if you're really brave, drink it neat!

    When I was a child, we were given honey and lemon juice in warm water to sip.

  2. I remember having Vicks Vapor rub rubbed on my chest or a little bit under my nose when I went to bed with a cold. That and a hot lemon drink!

  3. Apparently it helps if you put Vicks on the bottom of your feet, then socks on, when you go to bed :)

  4. Ooooh I've heard this. Have you tried it?

  5. I also spent many winters with my head over the Vicks steam bowl. Certainly helps loosen my chest. Actually been doing it today. Going to look these up though.

  6. Smear vicks on a tissue then fold it over and put it in the pillow case of snuffly children. This way it is near their nose without being on their face or near their eyes.
    I generally use two tissues and fold them over so the vicks is sandwiched between two layers of tissue.


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