Bladder Infections
Natural Remedies

ACV for UTI: Natural & Effective Relief

| Modified on Mar 15, 2024

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is renowned as Earth Clinic's top natural remedy for bladder infections. Numerous readers have reported its effectiveness, either as a standalone treatment or combined with other natural supplements, in combating urinary tract infections (UTIs).

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for UTI Relief

Start with apple cider vinegar for prompt UTI treatment as soon as symptoms appear. A typical initial dose is 1-2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water. However, increasing the dose to 2 tablespoons mixed in water several times a day, including at night, is often recommended for bladder infections. Some even opt for a shot of straight ACV followed by water.

Hydration is critical in any UTI treatment, so drink ample water alongside ACV.

Liquid apple cider vinegar is mainly preferred, but apple cider vinegar capsules have also been successful for some.

Enhancing Your ACV Drink

  • Mix ACV with cranberry or blueberry juice – both are beneficial for bladder infections.
  • Incorporate raw honey into your ACV tonic for its antibacterial properties.
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the acidity of the ACV.

Apple Cider Vinegar Bath for UTI

Soaking in a warm bath with 1 cup of ACV for 20 minutes can alleviate acute UTI symptoms. Alternatively, use 1/4 cup in a sitz bath for similar relief.

Effectiveness and Duration

Many experience improvement within hours, while others may take longer, typically noticing improvement on the first day of treatment. Continue using ACV for a few days post-relief to prevent recurrence.

Possible Side Effects

First-time users might experience digestive upset with large, undiluted doses of ACV. Vomiting can occur if taken straight. To minimize side effects, always dilute ACV in water or juice and consider adding a pinch of baking soda. Consuming with food is also advisable.

Remember, ample water intake is crucial during a UTI. Adding vitamin C to your regimen can further aid in treatment.

Continue reading to discover how others have successfully used apple cider vinegar to combat bladder infections. Have you tried it for your UTI? Please share your experience with us!

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Posted by Pamela (Pride, Louisiana) on 08/11/2023

I was in acute pain, unable to urinate. I drank some Apple Cider Vinegar and water, but needed to relieve the immediate issue. So I soaked a toilet tissue with what Ì was drinking and held it directly against that area. Literally the pain was gone within seconds and I was able urinate. Which I did with great gusto.... its 11 hours later, still no pain!

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Posted by RAIN (CALIFORNIA) on 04/09/2023

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I tried 1 tb of ACV in a cup of herbal hot tea. It tasted great and I was amazed at how fast it worked, almost immediately. I followed up with 1 cup in a bath of shallow water.....another home run......! try it it really works.

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Posted by KitCat (Washington ) on 03/25/2023

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This remedy WORKS!!! I woke in the middle of the night with pain when urinating. I immediately knew what it was. I've come to EC many times over the years for help so this is where I turned to first. I was hoping it worked because I had an event to attend. I immediately took 1 TBSP in water. After 15 minutes I felt better. 45 minutes later another dose, then twice more, each 45 minutes apart. I feel mostly normal. Good enough to attend my events. I will continue the ACV for at least 2 weeks. Thank you to everyone for their input.

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Posted by Wendy (Canada) on 03/06/2023

My husband is an avid user of Apple Cider Vinegar and is always trying to get me to use it. I had a wicked uti infection the last couple of days and was miserable. He came upon this site. I tried it and am already feeling the relief. Just a note. If you are taking acv, use a straw because the acidity can damage your teeth. I'm so excited to find this cure.

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Posted by Suzi (Montana) on 10/29/2020

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Yay! ACV absolutely works every time for me and even once for a toothache. I also love what it does for my face😍

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Posted by Rea (Brisbane, Australia) on 09/30/2018

Hi there,

I had the UTI coming on and took ACV. I know it works as I have used before with great success. However it does take awhile to get into your system and I needed to pee now! I had and empty small spray bottle filled equal measure of ACV and water and sprayed, yes sprayed down there and oh the relief was instant. I used it each time I needed the bathroom and no pain. It was quick and easy no sitting around in sitz baths. Simply the best treatment. No pain instant relief!

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Posted by Lesley (Yorkshire ) on 11/20/2017

Started my fifth episode of cystitis in the early hours of Sunday morning and was desperate for help by 9am! Having found many recommendations on this website I tried the apple cider vinegar and got relief almost immediately! Starting with two tablespoons in a large glass of water and then reducing to a couple of teaspoons throughout the day. In all I probably took about six glasses of this mixture, sipping all day. Twenty four hours later my symptoms had completely cleared, but I have continued to sip a weak solution of cider vinegar and water all day today just to make sure the symptoms have gone. I cannot believe this has worked so well. Cranberry and over the counter remedies have not worked in the past and I have always had to resort to antibiotics. I am so grateful. Thank you.

Replied by Sharon

Is it ok too use regular apple cider vinegar if u don't have organic



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Posted by Greg (Los Angeles, California) on 09/15/2017

Was up most of the night with a bladder infection: strong pain, powerful urge to pee every 10 minutes or so with little to show for it, urine clear, pain did not go away even while lying down. In the morning, took 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (even without the mother, works just fine) in a small glass of alkaline water. After 10 minutes the pain began to subside. After half an hour took another tablespoon in water: an hour later, drank another tablespoon straight then washed it down with water. Just took a fourth tablespoon in water but the pain has already disappeared, I'm back to peeing once every 3 hours with no difficulty whatsoever. No drugs, no antibiotics, no echinacea, no painkillers. Can't recommend apple vinegar enough! I'll continue taking it for several days just to make sure but I'm already a happy puppy.

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Posted by Nisey (Amarillo, Tx) on 08/20/2017

I have had chronic uti's off and on for 5 years. I am currently 3 months pregnant and diagnosed with another uti. I was put on 7 days of clindamyin and it did not go away. It actually made it worse. So I decided to try apple cider vinegar twice a day for a few days. Happy to report after just 4 days it is gone. So now I just drink one tablespoon every other day to stay healthy. I honestly can't believe it works.

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Posted by Melissa (Georgia) on 07/16/2016

Apple Cider Vinegar for UTI. IT WORKS!!!!!

I am in the "frequent flyer club" when it comes to UTI's. This is the first time that I have used ACV to cure a UTI.

I woke up one night to go to the bathroom with painful urination and a foul odor in my urine. I knew immediately what it was. I have had so many in my lifetime! I decided to try the cure one of your users put on your website.

I put 1/4 cup of ACV in a glass jar, filled it halfway with juice, and the rest water. It was about a 16 oz jar. I did gag trying to get it all down, but I did. I felt relief within a couple of hours. I still hurt, but the pain had subsided substantially.

The next morning, I mixed another jar with the same proportions, but I poured 1/4 of the jar into another jar of juice and water. This cut the dosage down for the second day. I continued every 6 hours by pouring a fourth of the jar into another jar, diluting it with apple juice and water and drinking it. I didn't notice pain on this day.

The third day, I had a pinching sensation in my bladder. I continued with a reduced solution of 1 TABLEspoon of ACV diluted with apple juice and water in the morning, and 1 TEAspoon of ACV at night.

I am on the fourth day, continuing to use the 1 TABLEspoon in the morning diluted with water and juice, and 1 TEAspoon at night. I feel like the infection is gone, however, I will continue to use this solution for at least 3 more days for good measure.

I am so happy not to have had to go to the DR. for a prescription!

I hope this helps anyone who is struggling with frequent UTI's!

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Posted by Gbruner (Michigan) on 04/07/2016

The last UTI I had was 25 years ago, after giving birth to my daughter and had to be catheterized. Well, as of two days ago, I could tell something wasn't right after going to urinate, the urge to push more and the strong odor, so I knew it was coming, and I'm not one for taking any pills except my vitamins. Well, I waited a day after drinking tons of water and it seemed to get worse, the burning and a little bit of blood, so I read how Apple Cider Vinegar really does work for UTI. So I started taking two teaspoons with 4 oz of water every hour for at least 4 hours before bed time, by the time I went to bed, the bleeding had stopped and my urine was clearing up, today is day 2 of taking the apple cider vinegar and no more pain or urge to push and my urine is really clear, I'm still going to the doctor for a follow up, not going to take any pills. Apple Cider Vinegar does really work within hours of taking it.

Replied by Kristine

I am wondering if regular white vinegar would work as well for bladder infection, etc?

Replied by Lulu
(Austin, Texas)

White vinegar also works. It just doesn't have all the beneficial bacterias contained in raw ACV. I know someone who drank pickle juice in a pinch and was helped by the pickle juice acid as well.

Replied by Gerry
(Soddy Daisy)

Also be careful as there are 2 types of white vinegar, one is petroleum based, the other from grain...

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Posted by Dan (St. Louis ) on 04/03/2016

Apple Cider Vinegar definitely works for UTI. I had bad burning and it was gone in 24 hours or so. But if there is one piece of advice I must add. If u want to avoid the taste of acv, HOLD YOUR NOSE WHEN U DRINK IT. This wipes away the unpleasant taste. My method is to drink two tablespoons. Then chug some tea or juice. Then eat a couple bites of food. ALL WITH MY NOSE HELD SHUT.

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Posted by Caroline S (Midwest, Usa) on 07/07/2015

Cured UTI twice with ACV. Once, right before a beach vacation I felt it coming on. Took 1-2 TB for 48 hours in 8 to 16 oz water for about 72 hours every 4 hours including at 3am. It was gone! Felt great.

Started a UTI feeling after antibiotic rounds. Again, cured using 72 hours of 1-2TB ACV with 8 oz water 3 times per day. I also chugged water. I did add 1 TSP of baking soda on day 1 - but it made me throw up! Ugh. Pure ACV works just fine.

PS - Most recently, I also use echinacea tincture. A few droper fulls into the mixture.

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda is way too much in 8 ounces of water. I put 1/4 teaspoon in a 33-ounce bottle of water with 2 Tablespoons of the organic ACV, and no problems at all, I.e., no throwing up!

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Posted by Kasra (Terhan) on 03/07/2015

My girl friend woke me up one night told me she had:

- sharp, unbearable pain in her urether .

- a blocked urether, she couldn't pee although she felt her bladder was full

- blood clots in her urinate for days when she could pass urine .

She got UTI once before, she went through a long painful antibiotic therapy, and because of this experience she was so scared that it's going to get repeated .

She told me she used a pill called phenazopyridine which alleviates the pain in urinary tract and makes the color of urine reddish , we went to pharmacy and bought it just to buy some time to think and find a remedy, I came to this site and as I knew the benefits of ACV and I seriously believe in its magical results, she started :

- taking ACV diluted with water and sipping on it everyonce in awhile as much as she can

- washing her private parts ( specially the urether ) with higher concentrations of ACV than what she used to drink , let it stay in that condition for 10 minutes and wash herself with water .

she couldn't believe it , just after some hours :

- pain subsided

- she could pass urine ( not very fluently , not her whole bladder got emptied , but yet very much better than before )

She continued the process until she completely cured and reached to a fluent urination with a very clear transparent urine without any feeling of pain at all .

Thank you earth clinic and everybody sharing their priceless experiences and hope for a drug free world .

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Posted by Marciam (Michigan, US) on 01/31/2015

I tried the apple cider vinegar with baking soda. After about a week, my bladder infection was gone. In addition, I used the acv soak which helped relieve the symptoms. Thank you! I don't like the medical treatments because I usually get a yeast infection afterwards.