How To: 9 DIY Home Remedies for Relieving Itchy Mosquito Bites

9 DIY Home Remedies for Relieving Itchy Mosquito Bites

There are few things peskier in the summer than an unexpected mosquito bite swelling up on your arms and legs. Fortunately, there are many ways to heal your body of its annoying itch, ranging from fruit (lemon slices and banana peels) to common household items (baking soda and apple cider vinegar).

So the next time you are bitten by a mosquito, raid your refrigerator, kitchen pantry, or medicine cabinet for a quick and easy DIY remedy that requires no extra trip to the pharmacy. One of these home remedies is sure to do the trick for you. Everyone is different, though, but there are plenty of other do-it-yourself quick itch relief methods, so you should have zero problems calming the irritation.

  1. Lemon slice: Apply directly to the affected area.
  2. Aspirin: Crush tablets and add to water to form an anti-itching paste, then spread on the bite.
  3. Apple cider vinegar: Rub a little directly on the bite.
  4. Peppermint toothpaste: Dab the toothpaste on the bite area and let sit for awhile.
  5. Table salt: After moistening bite area with water, rub the salt on.
  6. Banana peel: Rub the itchy area with the pulpy inside surface of the peel.
  7. Baking soda: Just like with aspirin, add to water to make a paste, then spread on bite area.
  8. Ammonia: Dab a little on and let sit.
  9. Lavender + tea tree oil: Mix together essential oils of both together and apply to itchy area.

None of these work for you? Check out my follow-up illustration for 9 more home remedies for mosquito bites. Also, to avoid future mosquito run-ins before you get bit, check out the article linked below.

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Also great: Hold a burning cigarette close to the bite. (As close as you can stand it, but don't touch the skin!). The heat will dissolve the poison that makes you itch.

wow, never heard that one.

There are actually tools/instruments that work the same way. I thounk you can buy these in outdoor/hiking shops. They are battery driven and heat up a small metal plate that you press on the bite for a couple of seconds. But it's usually easier to find a smoker when you're not at home.
Be warned though; People tend to scream and proclaim you insane or a masochist when they see you do it. Takes a quick explanation that no - you're not planning to press out the cigarette on your skin. :-)

I think i'd fear holding a cigarette near my skin... but that's very interesting about the tools. thanks for the tip.

Ah, there you go: that's one of the intruments I meant,

or something more safe, like getting the end of a battery wet and putting on the bite but I think that only works if venom is involved

or you could just put a metal spoon in hot water and put it directly on the bite. it works for me all the time.

aloe leaves and banana mush also doese the trick.(also helps with acne)

Would this work for ant bites?

I would think so, I don't think they are species-specific for remedying an itchy sensation on your skin. :)

Quick relief: Pinch or slap the itch until it hurts. The pain feels far more relieving than the itch XD

Informative article, precisely what I wanted.

Granted I look silly, but I made a paste out of salt and hot water. The salt helps dry the bite out.. It stings, but I can handle stinging over itching! (I worked an overnight security shift for our local county fair... and apparently I tasted yummy)

Good to know! Thanks for sharing.

use Basil leaves. instant relief and repels mosquitos

I was just messing around with a itchy bug bite and I put toothpaste on it and it went away I never knew it was a real life hack

Vapour rub to prevent bites and toothpaste on the bite after slapping it once or twice works for me.

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