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MudBug-Be-Gone: A locally made hand soap that removes tough spices — like Crawfish

  • Joel Rodgers

It’s crawfish season — I say AYEEE!!

And if you touch your eyes after eating crawfish, you’ll be saying a lot more than ayeee.

When washing your hands after eating crawfish, sometimes simple water and soap won’t do, luckily for us – a local business is providing some needed relief.

Nicholas and Elizabeth McElhatten are the owners of King Hardware and Gifts. The husband and wife duo are also the ones behind Mudbug-Be-Gone, a locally made hand soap designed to help clean your crawfish peelin’ hands.

“It’s crawfish season, everyone needs to come grab a battle before you head to a crawfish boil,” says  Elizabeth McElhatten.

The Mudbug-Be-Gone bottle reads ‘After you pinch, pull, and suck… you’re gonna want to shake, pump, and lather.’

“It’s a hand soap that we created to take the smell of burning, crawfish, oils, cooking oils, anything like that – it gets it off your hands,” says Nicholas McElhatten.

Mudbug Be Gone is made from pumice and peppermint essential oils exfoliate and revive the dirtiest of hands leaving them cool and clean. Ideal for use after eating crawfish, handling fish, onion, garlic or anything else that particularly smells.


And since it is crawfish season…

Next week a popular festival returns to Shreveport, and the McElhattens’ soap Mudbug-Be-Gone is a must have.

Mudbug Madness 35 is spicing up Shreveport’s Festival Plaza May 24-27. The four-day festival is a great time featuring live music, family fun, and lots of boiled spicy crawfish.

“If you have cuts on your hands- you know what that’s like when you’re eating crawfish; it gets in there and starts burning. This will actually soothe that, and it will also make it where you can use your hands the rest of the day. If you’re a contact lens wearer and you don’t want to touch your eyes after eating crawfish, use this soap and you won’t have that problem,” says Nicholas McElhatten.

MudBug -Be-Gone removes strong cooking odors and spices from your hands. Cooling peppermint soap with essential oils and pumice. Finally, you can touch your contacts after eating crawfish. Great at removing other strong orders and greases from hands.

King Hardware also offers BBQ-Be-Gone. You can purchase both soaps by clicking here



Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RealShreveport.com in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RealShreveport team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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