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The Use of White Vinegar to Cure Yeast Infections

By Beth Lytle ; Updated July 27, 2017

A vaginal yeast infection isn’t always a one-time occurrence for some individuals. If they are recurring, treatment options may not continue to treat the problem, because sometimes overuse or abuse of prescribed and over-the-counter treatments cause an individual’s body to become immune to these treatment options. Contrary to popular belief that only women get yeast infections, both men and women can get yeast infections.

Why Does Vinegar Work?

Yeast grows in areas that are naturally full of moisture. Yeast is a natural part of the body, but sometimes individuals experience an overgrowth of yeast, which turns into an infection. White vinegar is a natural antiseptic, which is why applying it to an infected area can help clear up the infection. White vinegar can also be beneficial in odors commonly associated with yeast infections. White vinegar treats yeast infections because it has a pH level of 5.5, which makes it extremely acidic. For a stronger dose, try organic apple cider vinegar, which has a pH level of 7.5. Organic apple cider vinegar has a higher pH level, making it more acidic than other apple cider vinegar.

How Do You Use It?

There are several different ways you can apply the white or apple cider vinegar to treat an infection. Add 1 to 2 cups of white vinegar to your warm bathwater as you are filling up the tub. Also add 1 cup of Epsom salt to the water. Avoid bubble bath because this can sometimes cause further infection. Sit in the bathtub, soaking the infected areas for at least 15 minutes. Completely and thoroughly dry your entire body, paying close attention to your personal areas, before dressing with a clean, dry towel.

The second method is to mix ½ cup of white vinegar with ½ cup of water in a spray bottle and to wash down the area using the spray bottle and patting it dry with a towel several times a day throughout the day. By putting the solution in a spray bottle, you can use it to spritz off your personal areas after going to the bathroom. Allow the area to dry; do not rinse. Again, make sure you thoroughly dry the areas before redressing.

Using Vinegar Orally

A yeast infection in the mouth is sometimes referred to as oral thrush and is common in infants. A mixture of white vinegar and water (1 to 2 teaspoons of vinegar per 8 ounces of water) makes a mouth solution for an oral yeast infection. You can either sip on the water throughout the day or gargle with the mixture like you would with a mouthwash solution.

Apple cider vinegar will also work if you do not have any white vinegar on hand. Both have antiseptic qualities and are beneficial in treating yeast infections.

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