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Vinegar Bath Benefits

Updated April 17, 2017

Apple cider vinegar baths are a good remedy for restoring the body's pH, preventing yeast infections, soothing skin, and softening your bath water. It is important to remember that apple cider vinegar is really the only type that is effective as a spa bath, because it is less acidic than other types of vinegar, with an ideal pH of 5 to 7 and acid content of 5%. On the whole, these remedies have not been scientifically proven to work, but have not been disproved and are affirmed by many home-health-care experts.

Restore the Body's pH

It is suggested that apple cider vinegar causes the body's pH to become more alkaline and, therefore, more balanced, assuming that your pH already is unbalanced toward the acidic part of the pH spectrum. If you feel that your body's pH or hormones are seriously out of balance, it is a good idea to see a doctor rather than relying on this remedy. But to find out at home if your body's pH is unbalanced, buy a pH kit from a local pharmacy; generally, the human body's ideal pH is thought to be between 6.1 and 7.0.

Prevent Vaginal/Yeast Infections

Apple cider vinegar can prevent vaginal infections by balancing the pH in this area of a woman's body by making it slightly more alkaline. However, doctors recommend against using vinegar for douching (cleaning inside the vagina, usually with a vinegar mixture squirted through a tube or nozzle).

Softening Bath Water and Soothing Skin

Vinegar can soften your bath water and make it more gentle on your skin. It soothes and softens the skin, and can be an effective home remedy for skin that is chronically dry.

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A writer since 2006, Lynne Fort has contributed to "The Forest Hills Journal," "The Daily Northwestern" and the "Cape Times." She has served as a general assignment reporter, political blogger and humor columnist. Fort is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.