Scabies: Home Treatment With Vinegar And Baking Soda

Scabies Home Treatment With Vinegar And Baking Soda

Does vinegar or baking soda kill scabies?


Vinegar is one of the oldest remedies used to treat scabies. It works whether you apply it directly to your skin or add it to your bath. But why?

Basically, vinegar is an acidic substance. When you apply it to your skin, it lowers the pH level, making an unlivable environment for the scabies mites. Baking soda works in the opposite way by raising the pH to an alkaline level, but the result is the same.

 If the scabies are exposed to an acidic or alkaline environment for a prolonged period of time, they will not be able to withstand the harshness, and eventually die.

How do you use vinegar and baking soda to kill scabies?

There are two ways that you can use baking soda and vinegar to kill scabies. The first way is simply to rub vinegar strait onto your rash, which will lower the pH level and start to kill off the scabies. If you want to use baking soda instead, it works just as well as vinegar. You just make a thick paste by mixing it with a few drops of water or lemon juice and then rub that onto your rash. Lastly, you can take a bath, and add either baking soda or vinegar.

Rub raw apple cider vinegar on your rash

vinegar treatment for scabies

When you apply it directly to your skin, apple cider vinegar can help you fight off scabies in multiple ways. Because of its acidic nature, vinegar will be able to kill off the scabies, as well as, clear your pores of waste, left behind, after the mites have used your skin as a giant toilet. Vinegar also has anti-septic and anti-microbial properties that will prevent the infection of any open sores. Lastly, it will fortify your skins natural “acid” barrier that is responsible for keeping out the bad organisms out and keeping the good ones in.

Will drinking apple cider vinegar kill scabies?

Drinking apple cider vinegar is thought by many people, to be an effective way to kill a wide variety of human parasites. Though it is probably great at ridding your body of intestinal parasites, like pin-worms and tapeworms, drinking ACV has no effect on killing scabies. But that does not mean you shouldn’t do it. It can still help to reduce your skins allergic reaction by lowering your bodies systemic inflammation, as well as providing probiotics, minerals, and enzymes that will help your skin heal even faster.

Rub baking soda on your rash

baking soda paste

Rubbing a paste of baking soda on your skin will help to reduce the itching and rash caused by the scabies. It has an alkaline PH of 9, which is high enough to kill the mites, but not high enough to hurt your skin. 

I have heard people say, that putting baking soda directly onto your skin will disrupt the natural acidic barrier that your skin uses to ward off bad organisms. This is actually true, but only temperately. Once the scabies infestation is killed off, your skin will naturally return to its normal pH of 5.5. You can even help this process along by rubbing some vinegar on your skin afterwards, which will restore your skins natural pH faster.

 After hearing that, you may just want to use vinegar instead of baking soda in the first place. However, while vinegar is better for your skin, baking soda is the faster way to kill off scabies, because it alters the pH level much more than vinegar does. That being said, either one you choose to use, is still going to be much safer and cheaper than the insecticides your doctor will prescribe you. 

Take a bath in vinegar or baking soda

bath for scabies

Taking a vinegar or baking soda bath is a popular home treatment for everything, from sunburns to athlete’s foot. But I have personally found that it works wonders for soothing the skin, when your dealing with a scabies infestation. In the case of taking a bath vs applying vinegar or baking soda directly, the bath water will dilute the alkaline or acidic properties of what ever you add. So, if you don’t notice much relief while taking your bath, try adding another cup or two. Another thing I love about taking a bath, is that you can add in all of your other home remedies at the same time. 

4 more things you can add to your bath

 1. Sulfur Soap

As one of the oldest treatments around, sulfur has been a remedy used to kill scabies, for hundreds of years. For some reason or other, scabies mites are not fond of sulfur and do not survive long when exposed to it. The standard soap to use is 10% sulfur with no chemical additives. As a bonus, it is really great at reliving the itchiness caused by scabies. 

 2. Sea Salt

Adding a cup of sea salt to your bath will help relieve your itching as well as killing the scabies. Scabies, like many human parasites cannot live in an environment where there is to much salt. Salt will penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin, where the female mites live and lay there eggs. When the concentration of salt rises to high enough level, the scabies will start to die off. Here is an article I wrote all about how to use salt to kill scabies. 

 3. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt won’t kill scabies, but it is great for your skin. It can help heal the rashes and sores that are caused by scabies. The magnesium that you will get from it will sooth your skin and help reduce the pain. 

 4. Essential Oils

Many essential oils are potent insecticides that are useful in killing mites. The best essential oils to use for scabies, include Tea Tree Oil, Clove Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and Neem Oil, but any essential oils you have on hand will help you get rid of scabies. Just add a few drops of your favorite oil to your bath and enjoy. 

Household items you can use to kill scabies

Hydrogen Peroxide 

If you have hydrogen peroxide laying around your house, I recommend it as one of the cheapest and safest treatments for scabies. When I dealt with scabies myself, using hydrogen peroxide gave me the great relief compared to other remedies I I’d tried. It also doesn’t have any side effects like some other commonly used treatments. To use it, you can simply rub it directly on your rash or add it to your bath.


Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol 

Many people have reported great relief after putting rubbing alcohol on their scabies rash. It’s certainly true that alcohol will quickly kill any scabies crawling around on the surface of your skin. The down side to rubbing alcohol is that it evaporates rapidly and does not penetrate into the deeper layers. Also, If you use it repeatedly on the same area, it can dry out your skin and make it even more irritated. 



Taking a bath in bleach is a commonly used treatment for killing scabies, and its fairly effective. However, I would not recommend using bleach because it is an extremely corrosive chemical that can cause damage to your skin, eyes, and lungs. Furthermore, it has not been shown to be any more effective than much safer, natural remedies. Bleach should primarily be used as a cleaning product to disinfect contaminated items in your house. If you do decide to use bleach directly on your skin, be sure to dilute it heavily with water and keep it far away from you eyes.


Borax or sodium borate, is often used in combination with hydrogen peroxide to kill scabies. Although it works, and is just as effective, it can also be very harsh on your skin, and is not as safe to use as hydrogen peroxide. But, if your dog or cat ever get scabies, a mixture of two parts borax and one part hydrogen peroxide is a go to treatment.


Good Luck

PS: I hope these remedies help you get rid of those nasty buggers once and for all.

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