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Natural Remedies for a Bladder Infection (UTI)

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

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Posted by Mona (Oakland, Ca) on 07/09/2016
4 out of 5 stars

I am suffering from recurrent UTIs, probably the aftermath of some antibiotics I have had to use not too long ago after surgery.

Anyways, I had felt some mild burning since a few days already, but only today the pain and need to pee every two minutes, hit me plus tinges of blood when wiping - it was not looking good, and I knew I needed to do something ASAP to try and eliminate the infection, or else it would be off to the ER.

First thing I did, was, heating up some water and pouring it in a small cooking pan, and adding some ACV (I did not measure it - just poured some in). Then, I wrapped my lower body in a big towel and sat over the pot on the floor, to allow the ACV/water steam to penetrate my nether regions. I do not have a tub, so this was the next best thing to a sitzbath. I felt relief almost immediately, though the urge to pee still remained. Hence, after the steam procedure, I took a small teaspoon of organic baking soda, and mixed it in a glass of water and drank this. Now, 30 min later, I feel so much better!!!

I prepped myself another glass of the water and baking soda mix, and will keep it next to my bed to sip on should I wake during the night.

I have not given this treatment 5 stars yet, as I still have to see how I will feel in the morning, but if I continue to feel better (and I will def repeat the steam procedure and water/ baking soda drinks for a bit), then this is an amazing home remedy. Thank you all for sharing!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Gale (Clifton, Nj) on 03/21/2015
5 out of 5 stars

After experiencing sleepless nights owing to UTI urgent bathroom visits even after days of antibios - found baking soda in water and organic apple cider vinegar in water suggestions. First I tried them separately because couldn't imagine them together. Two tbls. ACV in 8 oz water. One tsp. baking soda in 8 oz water. Each 2x a day. Bladder cramping stopped after a few hours after waking and each subsequent slept longer without bathroom visits. Finally, tried 1/2tsp. baking soda in 2 tbls. ACV(organic) in 8 oz. water and was delighted to find it was not salty or vinegary but like an unsweetened mildly carbonated soda. I was planning on using Stevia if necessary but it wasn't needed at all.

I don't know about arthritis, constipation, or blood pressure but the UTI is under control. I was literally losing my mind from lack of sleep and discomfort even with 10 days of antibios. It was the BS and ACV in water 2-3x a day that made the difference. First, separately and now together. I intend to continue this as part of my diet forever.

Amazing! Thanks.

Replied by Nplife
(Ohio, US)

Hello, I am new to this site but I was just researching UTI and accidently came across this site, and wanted to offer some advice. There is a natural way to treat UTIs that is supported by evidence based research; it is call D-mannose. It is a sugar that binds to bacteria and is eliminated through the urine. It has been show to significantly reduce UTIs. It is safe enough to use daily and helps to prevent reoccurrence. Hope it helps.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Norm (Asheville, Nc) on 12/23/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I'm a 67 year old male who had ignored a urinary tract discomfort until it woke me up at 2:30 with acute pain. I read about the apple cider vinegar and baking soda cure, and went for it with 2 Tbs. of vinegar and the touch of baking soda. Back in bed it felt as if my whole body were being alkalized. After continuing with the treatment for 3 days, all the symptoms have gone, and I am grateful to this site for it's simple, effective wisdom.

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Posted by Sasha (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 12/10/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda cleared my UTI infection. I had two urine tests done before I started taking it and it showed that I had a UTI. Went here on earth clinic to search up remedies and started taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 1/4 baking soda in a full glass of water. I did this 2 times a day after meals... I wanted to do it 3 times but I didnt want to drink after 6 pm (because I would be urinating all night). I did this remedy for 4 days. I went to another doctor to take a urine test and they called me to tell me that my test came back negative! Which means my urine was normal! Oh my god, I was so happy!! So it really does work! I'll keep you updated because I still had an appointment so see a Urologist so i'm going to double check one more time with him which is good. So please, try this remedy - it is AMAZING. Thank you earth clinic!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Tupelohonee (Tupelo, Ms) on 02/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for this site! I don't take any prescription medicines unless absolutely necessary (pain med for tooth extraction - only needed it for one day), so I really didn't want to have to do antibiotics for a bladder infection. I was having painful urination, and there was mild discomfort before and afterward.

I tried the baking soda in the morning and noticed that my frequency cut down first, from an hour to two hours between bathroom visits. By that afternoon the discomfort that stayed with me after a "visit" had diminished. I took another dose in the afternoon, and this morning there are no symptoms at all! I can imagine the acidity in my system came from too many desserts. I'd also had a shot of ACV mixed with lemon juice, water, and Stevia after something sweet yesterday, to keep my blood sugar from rising. I hadn't been doing that for a while.

Today, I'll continue both, since I've seen sites since then that said to mix the two. I'll rinse with water afterwards, (to protect tooth enamel), and skip two days after 5 days, as suggested on one of these sites. I need to make sure my ph level is more alkaline.

Thanks, Earth Clinic, for having such a great place to go for natural remedies. I'm adding you to my favorites bar!!

Replied by Molly
5 out of 5 stars

I never usually write comments on websites.. BUT in this case I just wanted to write a huge thank you to everyone who has put their advice on about UTIs. It has been such a help with my battle, both emotionally and practically to know that others are also going through the same thing. So thank you for all the tips. For those just starting with their UTI: I would suggest if taking antibiotics, to firstly make SO sure you are also taking probiotics. In conjunction, I used a combination of diluted hydrogen peroxide in baths, and as a wash (check label for dilution required), apple cider vinegar in diluted water daily, drunk lots of water, (did not drink cranberry juice due to high sugar levels, ) cutting out all caffeine and cut down significantly on sugar, took probiotics - the ones specifically designed for women. I also made sure not to use any shower gels etc? There is hope! It has got much better and am waiting to go get final check with the doctor. Good luck everyone. Also as one final note, although the doctor will be helpful in prescribing an antibiotic - they do not seem particularly interested in recommending alternative solutions.. so don't be surprised if they ignore anything that you quote that is not 'prescription medicine'!!! Stay strong!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Jenk40 (Seattle, Wa, USA) on 08/28/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Warning: ACV and Baking Soda for UTI. I woke up and realized I was getting a UTI this morning so I came to EC site to find out what I could do without having to use antibiotics. I saw all the positive responses for ACV so I tried that. I put 2 tbsp into to 2 cups of water and drank it down. 20 minutes later I was still in pain so tried again; 2 tbsp ACV in 2 cups water. 40 minutes went by, nothing. Then read that some had needed to add baking soda to the mix. So I put another tbsp of ACV and mixed with 1 tbsp baking soda. In less than 15 minutes the pain had subsided. However, shortly after started having watery diarrhea. I had read in another persons post that people who are experiencing stomach problems should be careful with the ACV/baking soda mixture because it can act as a laxative, but for some reason didn't pay attention. Well, my stomach has been touchy lately and this definitely made it worse. It helps with the infection, but may cause other problems. I don't recommend this cure to someone with stomach issues.

Replied by Jenk40
(Seattle, Wa, USA)

I have a question for Ted. I took 1 tbsp ACV and 1 tbsp baking soda together for UTI and it has caused watery diarrhea now for over 24 hours. Can you please recommend anything that will help?

Replied by Cena
(Glendale, Az)

To the person who commented saying they drank a whole tablespoon of baking soda, that's probably what messed you up. The recommended dose is one TEASPOON baking soda per one CUP of water. I lowered it myself to an 1/8 of a teaspoon and 2 tablespoons of ACV in the tallest glass I had full of filtered water. I did this twice a day and it cured me of my bloody urine within 24 hours and I barley notice anything anymore when I pee. I think one more day and i'll be good as new. Thank God for this site!

Replied by Bilja

FYI, not probably, but for sure it was 1 TBSP Baking soda causing it. When reading this part of your post, immediately thought "wooo that's too much baking soda", didn't have to read the rest, knew right away what happened :)


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Margaret (Ucluelet, British Columbia Canada) on 02/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I looked up your site after a bladder infection came on quite suddenly late in the day. I havn't had many of them so my first response would be to immediately get in a doctors visit especially since there was blood in my urine.This couldn't happen until the following morning but having to work I needed something right away. I remembered reading about baking soda helping but then I read all of the successes from your site about acv.I had some on hand and I followed the advise from one of your postings to start off flushing the bladder and voiding by drinking large quantites of water- 8 oz. or more and after an hour or so I started with the acv. I used two tablespoons in about 8OZ. of water and did this almost on the half hour. After about four hours I was still experiencing painful urination and blood but the urgency was easing up some. It was getting close to bed time and I decided to try some baking soda - two teaspoons in 8oz. of water. Within half an hour the urgency was definitly subsiding. Before bed I took on more dose of acv and took two anti- inflamatories. I slept on the couch so my husband could sleep. Amazingly I only had to get up twice to urinate and the pain was definitly better with much less blood.I was able to sleep and in the morming - much to my grateful relief I had no pain and the blood was gone. I took another dose of baking soda and after about a half hour took another dose of acv. I called to cancell my doctors appt. I made it through my day at work even though I wasn't drinking as much water as I probably should have because I couldn,t take all the bathroom braeks- I didn't have the urge to go. Today I am home flushing my system some more and feeling very good. I will continue with the acv . I took the baking soda this morning and will take another dose this evening. I am so impressed with my recovery and the power of this remedy. I will be using acv for its tonic and curative effects daily in my life.

Replied by Linda
(Los Angeles, California)

Yes! This seems to work!! Its only been three days, but I'm feeling back to normal, and I had another one my SEVERE UTI episodes, to where I thought I would need Cipro again as my usual herbal remedy techniques including just staright apple cider vinegar, were not working at all. It felt the way it did before I got a kidney infection, so this was an advanced bladder infection. What I did::

I've been drinking a TON of fluids, constantly. Fruit juice and ice with dilited purrified water, TEA, water, Apple cider vinegar staight, 1/4th of a cup first thing UPON rising in the morning on an EMPTY STOMACH, (very inportant). Most people cannot do this, and it is, indeed, highly unpleasant, especially if you have stomach/heartburn problems/issues, but this has worked for me and UTI's in the past, but I pretend in my mind that Im drinking at the bar and taking a shot of some crazy strong alcohol, lol!

Then twice a day, I fill a large glass of water, and two capfuls or more, apple cider vinegar, than 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and drink throughtout the day. The first day, (while you are in extreme and uncomfortable pain) I just chugged it. Once in the morn, fixed another concotion, nursed it thru-out the day, (along with other fluids, juice tea, etc) then chugged another concoction before goin to bed.

I'm gonna continue this for another week, altho I feel completely symptom free. I'm not chugging anymore, I'm just gonna nurture 2 glasses of this thru-out the day, (morning evening) I am so glad to be pain free, my God. I feel like Im going to die, it gets so bad, I was crying!

Also, becuz I'm fighting a cold, Ive been taking goldenseal tincture, and Grapefruit seed extract in empty gel caps twice daily aswell. Ive read before, both these herbs do indeed help with UTI's =, so they may be helping aswell. I feel a dropperful of goldenseal tincture in a gel cap in the morn, and about 6-10 drops grapefruit seed extract in another cap and take that in the morn, and do again both in the evening...

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Harriet (Milton, GA, USA) on 01/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Baking soda and ACV cured my chronic Urinary Tract Infections. I was desperate to find relief one weekend, when I didn't want to go to "Urgent Care" which costs three times as much as a regular co-pay, so I consulted Earth Clinic. I took 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda (the organic kind from Bob's Red Mill with no aluminum) mixed with a tablespoon of ACV four times the first day, then 3 times the second day, twice the third day and it was completely gone!! Thank you for this amazing site!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Dominique (Seattle, Washington, USA) on 11/07/2008

Re acidic level of urine in helping finding the status of UTI. My pharmacist told me thet it should be acidic 6 or below. I was surprised that he felt ok with the vinegar but not the baking soda which in his opinion could cause acid reflex. I would love some feedback on this. I just bought some strips to measure the acid/alkaline levels in my urine and sure would like to a second, 3rd or more opinion in this matter
Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Replied by Leilani
(Seattle, WA)
5 out of 5 stars

I woke up with what felt like a bladder infection. These are my journal notes:

Day 1:

These used to be a massive reoccuring problem. Unfortunately I have been neglectful of the things that keep them at bay for me [which include regular vitamin c and good water intake.] So, I'm trying an at home remedy today and if it persists, I swear I'll take the uristat [pain drugs] and go to the doc for some antibiotics. We'll see how it goes... So far, this is my plan for the day: no sugars, less carbs, more water, vitamin C, and drinking a shot of plain unfiltered organic ACV [apple cider vinegar] in a big glass of water every other big glass of water. Drinking teas with no soy milk no sugar or honey that are natural as well. *fingers crossed*

This morning: deep bladder ache feeling [stitch in side kind of pain]. Frequent urge to urinate and barely no flow when I did. Ache increased when urinating and afterwards. No back pain [whacked myself just to be sure.] Also realizing I ate a ton of sugar last week when I had a cold virus including - cough drops, sipping honey stuff constantly, etc.= Self- diagnosed UTI. Haven't had one in years...

The home-remedy regime:

One 16 oz. glass of water, 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 1 tsp. baking soda
Followed over time by 2 16 oz. glasses of water

Then 1 cup of herb tea.
Additionally no sugars or extra carbs today - just eating chicken soup I made this weekend.

So far I've done the above twice today.

Other things I've done today:
+ 1x a day 1 tsp sea salt in warm water 6 oz or so
+ taking ester C - 500 mg at every meal

By the end of the day:

Very mild, deep pressure pain in bladder. Urinating large quantities and reasonably often every 30-60 minutes. No pain with urination.

I'd be interested in getting some cranberry extract or capsules and oregano oil as well in the home remedy options. Oh, well there's a bright side to all this. Two things: one I'll probably loose more weight as result of this.

Day 2:

So I did my thing yesterday as I outlined 4x total yesterday with the baking soda & ACV. [ack that s*** tastes bad].

Wrapped up the day yesterday with a hot bath with yet more baking soda and ACV. Yes, I didn't just drink it I bathed in it. It's actually kinda nice for a bath. And lastly, I took a ester C every time I woke last night to get up to pee because believe me I had to get up a couple times.

Today, I started the day with more ACV & baking soda. uck! And tea and water. I'll try to down the ACV & baking soda mixture three times today with lots of water as well. Continuing with the very minimal carbs and no sugars.

How do I feel: pretty much fine. No urgency. No discomfort when urinating or after. Very very mild awareness of my bladder which could be infection related or could because I still am peeing every 30-60 minutes since I'm drinking so many fluids. Oddly, yesterday I was wired after all that water & ACV.I slept in a little today. I'm hopeful at this point that I'm kicking this and it's going away. *fingers crossed*

Day 3:

I tried to exercise a little [light of my normal routinge = pushups and a number of situps, squats, etc.] That and the dose of apple cider vinegar & baking soda this morning made my tummy unhappy. But other than that, I now seem to be feeling generally ok. I had a little sugar today in my tea [as in sweetened rice milk] and had Vietnamese feast including rice noodles and table sauce which includes sugar. I feel a little hyper from all the good food but my tummy has stopped hurting [all that damn apple cider vinegar] and carbs taste good! I still had a couple esterC's today with lots of water today. Generally, I'm feeling mostly ok and not so damn scatter brained as yesterday [two days no carbs & sugar makes me dumb.] I seem to be going to the bathroom like a normal highly hydrated person and eating pretty ok. *fingers crossed*

Day 4:

I'm feeling even better today. Eating normally but less sugar over-all. Still taking ester C and doing 2-3 doses of ACV & baking soda a day. Mygoddess real food tastes good. Oh, and I realized I could sweeten the home remedy with stevia. doh. It's still nasty but not nausea-making. I'm thinking I'm through the woods but just being careful.

Over Day 4-6 drank unsweetened cranberry juice with stevia.

After Day 4 on...

Continuing to drink good amounts of water, take normal doses of Ester C, and taking at least one shot of ACV [2 tsp.s] every morning followed by big glass of water. Stopped ACV & Baking soda combination.

After Day 4 symptoms, seem to have gone. It's been a week since my first symptoms. And I feel normal and good. I've lost some weight which is a nice side benefit. Hope this helps someone else; it's nice to have to take antibiotics and throw off the whole system.

Thank you for this website!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Martha (Chantilly, VA) on 10/27/2008
5 out of 5 stars

ACV cured my UTI. I have had UTIs before so recognized the symptoms. 9 PM Saturday two wks before this post, started having minor symptoms. By Sunday night, knew for sure it was a UTI. Started drinking lots of water, which I should have done earlier. By 4 AM, pain was terrible and couldn't sleep so logged on the Internet and found your website. I tried the ACV with a little baking soda. I used 6 tbsp ACV the first dose and then 3tbsp ~every 6 hours with water. I consumed 10 oz over 48 hour period. The pain was gone within 2 hours of the first dose. I also started having back pain about the same time I got the UTI. Two days no coffee, very little sleep intense back pain, I thought maybe the UTI had moved into my kidneys. I went to the doctor on the 3rd day, doctor confirmed no UTI. And he said I could have coffee - life had meaning again. The back pain turned out to be unrelated from physical activity I had done on the weekend. More importantly, doctor confirmed UTI was gone after 3 days of vinegar. Since then, I've continued to consume ACV - just a few teaspoons to my diet each day. Add a little stievia and water with the unfiltered ACV, add a little baking soda and it makes a fizzy drink. Not bad. Thank you for your website.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Zel (Liberty , MO) on 10/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I had a very uncomtable UTI today. I used apple cider mixed with water and baking soda. In less than hour after taking it and drinking a lot of water the pain was gone and I did not have to go every few minutes. This really works I have suffered from UTI for years and this is the first home remedy I have tried that worked.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Kelly (Sacramento, CA) on 09/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I am 27 year old female. I have Fibromyalgia and a few other illnesses. I had a really bad UTI four years ago. I called my doctor and was put on antibiotic. It went away for a while but came back as a raging kidney infection. I had to go to the hospital and had a 103 fever. So two weeks ago when i started to have the UTI symptoms i wasn't happy. I called my doctor right away and had him prescribe antibiotic. I have had ill health since i was a kid and been on antibiotics on and off so I need a VERY strong one for them to work. This one didn't. The symptoms started coming back and even worse then before. I found this website and wanted to try the apple cider vinegar remedy. I took two tablespoons of it in a glass of water with some honey for taste. It made a difference but i was still miserable. So i decided to try it again and add a tablespoon of baking soda with it. And within a hour all my symptoms were gone! I am also taking cramberry liquid tabs and other herbs. I have kept taking it for a few days. Three to four times a day, and more you hurt the more you take. If i started to feel the symptoms again I would take another dose. Today I am stopping and will see what happens and if they come back but so far so good. The only warning I have is that if you have any stomach problems be really careful with the vinegar and baking soda. It can tear you up and be a laxative. It does clean out your sinus' and makes you have to urinate more which is great. I am so glad i found this site and THANK YOU to everyone that has posted. It is gross but So worth the result!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by John (Medford, Oregon) on 05/28/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Since birth I have been a medical case that doctors have now concluded that they don't know what to do with me thus being handed around in an effort to get rid of me. In the end all that is prescribed are drugs that leave you in a state of lifelong vegetation and perhaps enough chemicals to embalm. It is ever more clear that a patient must conduct their own unbound exhaustive study. The amount of available and changing research is so infinite that I have been updating my personal doctor, who has no ability to focus on just one patient.
Yet after years of study I fell on this most simple remedy:
ACV and Baking Soda.
Bladder infection is an unmistakable experience that needs little diagnosis that you get slammed with.
Mixing ACV and BS is best not taken individually. You've seen those elementary classroom demonstrations of a volcano?
Anyways, every few hours I had a glass of the nasty stuff along with water...And, no week-long side effects requiring unproductive hours on the couch! Within 12 hours I was cured. All Gone!!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Betsy (Capetown, South Africa) on 05/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

apple cider vinegar and bladder infections:
30 years of infections off and on, been on antibiotics so long that I can't have much immune system left. urologist doesn't know. I have had 10 bladder stretches, have to cath rise every time as bladder does not want to empty properly any more, was ready to have my bladder diverted as quality of life is just horrible. tried all kinds of remedies over the years but nothing helps had a full blown infection continiously until I found your site i tried apple cider vinegar with bicarb [baking soda] . i take it 4 x a day and i have been clear for the first time since the beg of 2007 i have been antibiot and it is now a 8 days later i test my urine 2 a day and i am completely clear it is unbelieveble I am exstatic i am so pleased I found your site .thank u thank u thank u !!!!!!!!!!!!!
regards Betsy

Replied by Whilly
(Cache Creek, BC Canada)

to betsy from capetown. wonder if you will get this message. sounds like you have bladder prolapse and possibly uterus prolapse - meaning they are falling out. sometimes feels like bladder infection. as the bladder falls (eventually out) it pulls urethra. you have to pee all the time and unless you drink huge amounts of water all you get is a trickle = your bladder doesn't empty all the way. the more water, the less discomfort, but you should see a gynaecologist. and be sure he/she checks you while standing and pushing like you were carrying something. they can miss this problem if they only check you lying down and making a cough or two. then, one day, out of the blue you have a good chance your bladder will start coming out of you. seriously, this is true. i had problems for years. had surgery 2 months ago and feel great other than i now have a bladder infection. could have been the cateter or the meds or just happen. take care hope this gets to you.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Sandy (Orlando, FL) on 02/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I have had a recurring Urinary Tract infection so far 3 times in the past 6 months, to which my Dr has prescribed antibiotics. I felt it coming on and as my Dr was out of town was unable to get my prescription refilled for antibiotics. As I was in a great deal of pain (for 3 days and popping AZO tabs like mints) I was searching the internet for a natural remedy and came across this website. I did the vinegar and baking soda remedy and within a few hours the pain was completely gone and has not returned. I didn't have ACV on hand so I did it with just plain white vinegar (2T), baking soda (1t) and water and added a few drops of cayenne pepper. I am so happy!!! Yesterday I was coming home from a trip a feeling myself coming down with Flu Sx (achy, sore throat, and weak). I took some Advil to get thru the long car trip home. When I got home I was exhausted and went right to bed. When I woke up I felt horrible as I could barely swallow, my ears, and face (sinuses) hurt, as well as achy joints all over. I was eager to try the ACV and baking soda (added cayenne and echinacea drops too) cure and took the first drink at about 3 am. It is now 2pm the next day I have taken about 5 glassfuls and I feel 100% better. I still have very mild tired feeling but all other sx are completely gone. Its amazing

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