How much vinegar to cure a bladder infection?

Updated April 17, 2017

Vinegar has been known as a cleansing agent for bladder infections, or urinary tract infections (UTI). Thes infections are painful and frustrating. Symptoms include the frequent urge to urinate, possibly only passing a few drops while attempting to urinate, pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic area, red coloured or foul smelling urine, and a burning sensation when you do urinate. Vinegar can be used in a few different ways to help cure bladder infections.

Vinegar Bath

You can add a quart of apple cider vinegar to a hot bath to treat your bladder infection. Urinate before using the bath. Soak in the tub for half an hour. The hot water, combined with the apple cider vinegar, will help relieve symptoms of your bladder infection. Take this type of bath every day for at least three days. The vinegar will kill the bacteria on the outside of the urethra and calm the burning sensation. A vinegar bath also has other healing attributes, as it will heal cuts on your skin and detox your body.

Oral Dose of Vinegar

At the first signs of a bladder infection, take two teaspoons of apple cide vinegar every 15 minutes for an hour. You may also dilute the vinegar with water. Drinking plenty of fluids will also help dilute the bacteria in the urine. Your symptoms should start to be relieved within 20 minutes of taking the first dose. Taking a teaspoon of vinegar everyday can also help prevent bladder infections from forming. The vinegar acts as a detoxing agent through your digestive system as well.


If your bladder infection is still persistent after three days, it is time to see a doctor. The bacteria is lingering in your system and could possibly travel to your kidneys. A kidney infection is very serious and can result in hospitalisation. If you go to the doctor, you will take a urine test to determine if you have a bladder infection. If there is suspicion that it has developed into a kidney infection, you will need further testing. The doctor will prescribe you an antibiotic that will need to be finished to ensure that the bacteria are killed.

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Bailey Granger has been a military journalist since 2006. She also has an extensive professional background in computer repair, performing arts and social sciences. Granger holds a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from American Military University and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Bridgewater State College.