I really dislike using bug spray, whether it is store bought or homemade. Because of this I do end up with mosquito bites. Perhaps once I get all of my mosquito repellant plants planted it will help; but, until then I need to find a way to deal with any bites me and the kids get.
Of course, when bites do occur I am never prepared for them by having any commercial products on hand, so I set out searching for some ways to help the itch of a mosquito bite using items I already have at home. Keep in mind, I have not tried all of these home remedies for mosquito bites so I can’t vouch for them personally, but I will make notes next to the ones I have tried.
As with any remedy, not everything will work for every person. You might have to experiment with more than one to find one that works. Before you try any of these, keep in mind any allergies or sensitivities you have. If you try any of these, make sure you let us know how it works.
1 – Cold Spoon or Ice – Put a spoon in the freezer and then hold it on the bite for as long as you can stand it. (I have tried this and it worked great.)
2 – Vinegar – Dab on straight vinegar using a cotton ball.
3 – Tea Bag – Hold a damp tea bag on the bite. I have read that the tannin in the tea leaves help pull out the bite fluid.
4 – Honey – Top a bite with a small dab of honey, which if full of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
5 – Baking Soda – Make a paste of baking soda and water and place it on the bite. (I have tried this and it worked great.)
6 – Meat Tenderizer – Make a paste by mixing a little bit with water and put it on the bite. (I have not tried this on mosquito bites, but I have used it with success on bee stings.)
7 – Lemon or Lime – Cut a slice of either and place it in the bite, or you can use juice.
8 – Banana Peel – Rub the inside of the banana peel onto the bite
9 – Milk – Dab some milk onto the bite using a cotton ball. Supposedly the protein in the milk helps soothe the skin.
10 – Hand Sanitizer – Pat a little bit of hand sanitizer onto the bite.
11 – Vick’s Vaporub – The menthol in this helps relieve itching.
12 – Tums – Crush a tablet, mix it with a little bit of water, and then put the paste on the bite.
13 – Aspirin – Moisten a plain aspirin and hold it onto the bite.
14 – Witch Hazel – Dab a little witch hazel on your bites.
15 – Rubbing Alcohol – Might help dry out the bite and relieve itching.
16 – Underarm Deodorant – Rub a little bit on your bite.
17 – Noxzema – I read that the eucalyptus oil relieves the itch.
18 – Bar of Soap – Simply rub the bar of soap (either dry or damp) on the bite – do not rinse it off.
19 – Mouthwash – Dab a little mouthwash on the bite. Supposedly it is the peppermint in the mouthwash that helps sooth the bite.
20 – Toothpaste – Use the same way and for the same reason as mouthwash. (I tried this and it worked okay. Took away most of the itch, but was only temporary..)
21 – Toothache Gel – Will numb the area and stop it from sending those itchy signals to your brain.
22 – Clear Nail Polish – Brush a little bit over the bite. Not sure why it would work, but I read that it does! (I tried this and it worked great! Took away the itch for good.)
23 – Mud – If you are outside, simply put a little bit of mud over the bite.
24 – Basil – Crush up a basil leaf or two and rub them on the bites.
25 – Aloe – You can use either aloe gel or break off a small piece of the plant and rub the gel on it.
26 – Essential Oils – I read that tea oil, lavender oil, and peppermint oil or all very effective when it comes to treating bug bites.
27 – Scotch Tape – Cover the bite with a small piece of tape.
28 – Ink Pen – Simply draw a circle around the bite with an ink pen. I know it sounds strange, but some people swear by it!
If you end up trying any of these home remedies, please let us know how they work for you. If there are any other remedies you know about, feel free to share them.