Imagine yourself in a far off place, lush with trees and nice sunny weather. You are renting a vacation home with a beautiful backyard. You are enjoying eating outside every night, listening to the birds sing and the cicadas hum. Then suddenly you feel it, the buzzing around your ear then OUCH! you’ve been bitten on the neck by a mosquito. You grumble some profanities under your breath so your kids don’t hear them. Then a few minutes later you get bitten on the back of the ankle right under your ankle bone. Grrr…. you say. Then your four year old runs over and says it itches so much and you see she has five bites all up and down her legs then you look over to your two year old and see she is being bitten on the forehead right at that moment and then it’s all over. Everyone inside!
The kids are now whiny and cranky and itchy. You try the organic all natural anti-itch cream and it does nothing and they wipe it off right away. Then you try a whole slew of other natural remedies but nothing. Finally as a last resort you use an old fashioned trick: baking soda paste. It works like magic.
Alright, enough writing in second person… We are experiencing so many mosquitoes here it’s like the girls have chicken pox. Even with diligent spraying of our witch-hazel and citronella spray they get through. Always in the one moment where one of the girls dashes outside before I can spray them. We have had to stay inside all the time due to the mosquitoes.
After many trials we’ve found that a simple paste of baking soda and water will kill the itch or sting in about a minute or less. I’ve tried it on all four family member and it works. It’s good for bee and wasp stings as well; we’ve had those too this summer.
Here’s how you make it:
In a small bowl put two big tablespoons of baking soda. Slowly add in about a teaspoon of water. You want the mixture to be pasty and not runny. It should stick to the spoon. Then take the paste and put a dab of it on the bite and leave it until the itching or pain stops. Then simply wash off with water.