Summer is time to indulge in the great outdoors. Here’s the thing, though. With summer, comes mosquitos, and with mosquitos comes itchy bug bites. Thankfully, though, there’s a solution right in your pantry.
Baking soda can help soothe a mosquito bite; this isn’t just any old home remedy. The Centers for Disease Control recommends it!
We’ve all heard about some DIY bug bite remedy from a family member, but this one has science to back it up. The skin is inflamed and irritated when your mosquito bite starts itching and swelling. A baking soda paste, thanks to the substance’s alkalinity, can help soothe the skin.
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
You can never have too much baking soda.
To use the remedy, you’ll add a few drops of water to baking soda to create a thick paste. Apply it to the bite and let it dry. The itching should subside as a result, and you can wipe it right off once it’s dry.
Baking soda isn’t the only DIY solution you can try, though. Oatmeal is another oft-cited remedy for the itch. Just like with baking soda, you’ll make a paste using water and oatmeal. Apply it to the area, and leave it on for 10 minutes. If you have a multitude of bites, you can also try an oatmeal bath.