Vinegar For Insect Bites

We always have bad mosquitoes in Houston; even in the winter. I've tried literally every recipe on this site, with no luck. They bite me even when I'm wearing Off (without Deet). My husband told me a way to make the bites easier to bear - I didn't believe him at first! He said to put white vinegar on the bites. I didn't have white, so I used apple cider vinegar.


I was almost out, so all I had was the "mother" of this vinegar. That's the cloudy mass at the bottom of the bottle of apple cider vinegar. I got this bottle at Whole Foods Market, a very pricey health food store. I noticed that the one I buy at my grocery store has no "mother". I used the mother and applied it with a q-tip and, sure enough, the welts started to go away and so did the itching. The next day all I had was three small marks where the welts were. They also stopped itching completely.

I have used it on my 2 year old Grand-baby who is a redhead and very fair and it worked on her too. Maybe this will help someone out there too - I hope so!

By metroplex from Houston, TX

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July 24, 20100 found this helpful

My husband and 4 year old get huge quarter size welts from mosquito bites, I have found that using oregano oil (found at the health food store) if applied right away will remove the itch for the duration of the bite. He swears by it.

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July 25, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks, going to try this, one bite usually means huge lump and three weeks of itching!


Marg from England.

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September 15, 20170 found this helpful

Not only does the ACV w/ mothers soothe the bite it can also prevent them from biting to begin w/. I live in SW Louisiana & the bugs are BAD so instead of using chemicals we just use a little ACV & spray on our skin. We also use it on my horse to prevent bug bites on her. She's pregnant so I don't want to use any unnecessary chemicals on her. Another home remedy that soothes bug bites is found in meat tenderizer called "papain". Make a paste w/ a little water, rub on the bite, leave for about 10-15 mins then rinse. The enzyme in papain breaks downs the toxins from the bite which will reduce itching and any pain.

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September 27, 20170 found this helpful

I have a great belief in ACV... I'm on vacation in Australia & it was mentioned that here are various of insects due to the tropical weather...


So yeah and it got hold of my blood... Lol... My instinct guided me to use & within seconds I was relieved of the itching... There is quite a few benefits from Apple Cider.....

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September 29, 20170 found this helpful

If you scratch the bite raw or have a small cut or scrape it burns sooo bad if you get any ACV on it.

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