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Secrets of Apple Cider Vinegar for a Sinus Infection

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Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Sinus Infections.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is our favorite remedy for treating a sinus infection. Millions of people worldwide have discovered this amazing and effective old folk remedy for sinus infections.

The secret is to take apple cider vinegar before the sinus infection occurs, which for most people is at the start of allergies, colds, flu, etc.

We have found that when apple cider vinegar is taken either as a daily tonic or at the first sign of an allergy or cold (i.e., sinus headache, stuffy nose, watery eyes), one can completely stop the histamine response or allergic reaction.

Once you have thinned mucus using apple cider vinegar, you can clobber the sinus infection with one of many remedies. Wild oregano oil is one of our favorites for bacterial infections, but grapefruit seed extract is also very potent.

Whatever remedy you try, remember to keep sipping apple cider vinegar throughout the day for several days and drink lots of water.

Apple Cider Vinegar for a Sinus Infection

While a number of treatment options are available, many options are ineffective for actually remedying a sinus infection. Apple cider vinegar, however, can safely and effectively remedy a sinus infection and a range of other conditions.

How Apple Cider Vinegar Cures a Sinus Infection

Apple cider vinegar contains an array of nutrients including vitamins B1, B2, A, and E, calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients help clear the sinus cavities and treat allergy symptoms. Additionally, ACV thins mucus almost immediately. One of the first things you will notice after drinking apple cider vinegar is that the color of your mucus goes from white or green and thick, to thin and clear. The thinning of mucus is the key to kicking your sinus infection.

ACV Tonic Recipe for Sinus Infections

Apple cider vinegar can be used in a couple of different ways to treat a sinus infection.

  • To form a tonic for internal use, mix 1/8 to 1/4 a cup of apple cider vinegar into 16 ounces of water.
  • Sip the tonic throughout the day.
  • Alternatively, you can gulp up to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water all at once.

ACV Nasal Rinse for Sinus Infections

  • Add 1/2 - 1 tsp teaspoon of organic, raw apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm filtered water. Stir solution until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour some of the mixture into your palm and snort it up one nostril at a time. Use your other hand to plug the free nostril. Do this on the other side.

Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar for Nasal Congestion

While a number of over-the-counter and even home remedies for sinus infection, congestion, and headache are available, many of those remedies only offer temporary relief and do little to actually treat the cause of the condition. Apple cider vinegar steam, on the other hand, is an effective treatment option that helps to cure the sinus infection while relieving pain and making breathing easier.

Steaming with apple cider vinegar is the typical method used to clear the nasal passages. This process allows the vinegar to safely and effectively irrigate the sinuses without irritating the sensitive mucous membranes.


Steaming with apple cider vinegar is a safe, natural cure for sinus congestion. To use the treatment, heat a pot of water until it steams -- be careful not to bring the water to a boil! Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the water and drape a towel over the neck and head with the face over the steaming pot. Breathe in the steam and repeat throughout the day.

How Steaming Works to Cure Sinus Infections

Apple cider vinegar typically contains 5 to 6% acetic acid. This acid keeps bacteria from growing and works to eliminate infection in the sinuses. The natural substance also contains an assortment of vital nutrients that reduce inflammation.

What Kind of Apple Cider Vinegar is Best for Steaming?

Raw organic apple cider vinegar is the best form to use as it contains the most living nutrients. Bragg apple cider vinegar is one of the best options.

The steam and the nutritional contents of apple cider vinegar help to safely and naturally relieve sinus congestion. This treatment can be used regularly to treat sinus infection and to support the recovery of the immune system.

Remember, the key for treating a sinus infection with apple cider vinegar is to catch and treat the infection as early as possible. If you catch the condition early, you'll be able to quickly eradicate the condition and prevent further issue.

Continue reading below for more than 300 success stories from Earth Clinic readers who gave ACV 4 or 5 stars for curing their sinus infections. Tried this remedy? Please share your feedback with us!

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Posted by Terry Way (Winder, GA) on 02/01/2022
5 out of 5 stars

ACV Oh heavens yes, I used to work in the home construction trade here in GA and after a hot hard day's work, I often arrived home with leg cramps and a headache.

Then I was reminded that my grandmother would serve my grandfather and me, a drink she called "Switchel" 3 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey to taste, for 1. it is a great thirst quencher and 2. for it helps replace electrolytes lost to excessive sweating. I started preparing a gal of this each day and the cramps and headaches stoped.

Replied by Blaine
(Stone Mountain, Ga)
5 out of 5 stars

Just took 2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar and some water, Man I feel so much better within 15 minutes. I'm gonna try drinking this 1 a day to ward off sinus problems. Thank you so much!

Replied by Rehema
(Kajiado county)

Can it help to treat dandruff or dry scalp?

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Posted by Margs (Sussex) on 04/03/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I've used apple cider vinegar many times over the years to cure a sinus infection. I am glad to see so many other people have used it too and had success. I put a few drops of organic acv in my neti pot filled with warm, distilled water. I also drink a teaspoon in water a day and two times during allergy season. It is a potent, lifesaving remedy.

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Posted by Margs (Sussex) on 04/03/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I've used apple cider vinegar many times over the years to cure a sinus infection. I am glad to see so many other people have used it too and had success. I put a few drops of organic acv in my neti pot filled with warm, distilled water. I also drink a teaspoon in water a day and two times during allergy season. It is a potent, lifesaving remedy.

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Posted by Raphael C. (Sealy TX) on 02/03/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Use 6 drops ACV to 8 oz water in a Neti pot for sinus infections. Works well.

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Posted by Raphael C. (Sealy TX) on 02/03/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Use 6 drops ACV to 8 oz water in a Neti pot for sinus infections.

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Posted by Drdavid (Arlington, Tx) on 11/21/2018

Follow the instructions!

It is very important that you dilute the ACV! Start off weaker and then slowly progress to stronger concentrations, if desired..

Most people that are commenting with adverse effects of using the ACV are clearly indicating that they are using too strong of a concentration.

Remember that 3 teaspoons equals one tablespoon which equals 15 mL or grams.. 2 tablespoons is 1 oz or approximately 30 ml.. When using a dropper, approximately 100 drops equals 1 teaspoon, or 5 ml.. this means a half a teaspoon is 50 drops.

So to form the nose rinse, the instructions call for 50 drops, or half a teaspoon into 8 oz of water (240 ml).. some people who use the neti pot have stated that this is too strong for them and have only used 4 to 6 drops with success.. so if you will use the neti pot, START with this and SLOWLY add more if you decide that stronger is needed..

The same with drinking.. 1 or 2 tablespoons in 8 oz of water, or more.. that's only 1/2oz to 1oz of ACV in 8oz of water.. I find that adding stevia makes it quite palatable, even tasty.. and if you want to have it bubbly you use plain carbonated water.. check the label to make sure it has nothing but carbonation and water (I use the Kroger generic cans that come in a 12 pack). You can add the ACV to the carbonated water with the stevia, and even add a squirt of lemon/lime juice. Whatever to taste preference..

I hope this helps people to safely formulate their exact concentrations.

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Posted by Reikiabundance (Butler, Nj) on 04/10/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Love this site as well as all the suggestions listed in this thread. For those of you who have issues with the taste of ACV, add a tsp. of honey and mix both with a cup of your favorite tea. The taste of the ACV is almost indiscernible.

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Posted by Sbcmj (Sc) on 02/09/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I came down with the worst sinus infection I've ever had. Pretty sure it was some virus + sinus combination because not only did I have massive sinus pressure / blockage, but I also had minor aches and chills. I have always avoided ACV because it smells like nasty feet.

So long story short I finally caved. I hit up google for recipes for an ACV sinus rinse and found this website. I used the listed tonic as well as the sinus rinse, and by-golly within 24 hours I was 80% better, and within 48 hours I was 100% better. That's the fastest I have ever gotten over a sinus infection. To top it off this was the worst one to date ... ACV really showed its ability to defeat the nasty.

I'm officially a believer now and make drinking the stinky tonic part of my morning routine. As the saying goes "if it tastes bad, then it must be good for you", in this instance its the smell more than the taste but its all the same.

Side note I only did the sinus rinse ONCE! I mixed as stated in the article and added two packets of neilmed saline packets.

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Posted by Anne (Pennsylvania) on 12/27/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Organic ACV, is the best. Feeling bad with my sinus infection, I just drank 1 teaspoon of organic ACV, 1 teaspoon organic wild crafted honey, 1 teaspoon Sri Lanka cinnamon in 8 oz`s warmed distilled H2o. amazing results! This should be an everyday tonic must! ;-)

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Posted by Sandra (Honolulu ) on 11/24/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I can breathe! Thank you to this site I found the way to attack my sinus infection.

Drinking ACV tonic three times a day (2 teaspoonful Apple Cider Vinegar w 8oz water)

Steaming daily (1/2 cup ACV w 1/2 cup water) for ten minutes.

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Posted by Ep0101 (Wisconsin) on 08/03/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Infection... Wonderful!

I tried the rinse for the first time and although I didn't expect it to sting a little, it did clear my sinuses. I also try and drink the ACV tonic daily as I have asthma and allergies! I also know that ACV with the Mother, alkalizes in the body which is a good thing considering most of what we eat is acidic, so ACV has some amazing things that it does and its too bad Dr's don't try natural things first instead of throwing meds that usually creates other problems, but then again, if they tried natural stuff first, they wouldn't make as much money I suppose.

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Posted by Steve G (Nashville, Tn) on 05/23/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I remember my saintly grandmother using Apple Cider Vinegar for several different healing remedies... this year I fought 'the crud', worse than ever - taken everything I could take - even antibiotic, but to no avail... tried apple cider vinegar and I can honestly say, it worked and I feel so much better - I drink it in water and flush nostrils as well... thanks a million for the article and help...

Replied by Taylor

Can I use the apple cider vinegar rinse every day? Is it safe every day? Thanx.


Yes.. It's sufficiently diluted you can use ACV rinse daily.

If you have a problem you are using too strong of a concentration..

Once you are breathing clearly, you don't need to use daily.. just use on a maintenance schedule that you can determine by how quickly symptoms return.. then, you can fine-tune exactly how often you do it by direct observation of your needs.. once breathing/sinuses seems normal, daily, you can attempt to decrease the concentration to a minimum level that works for you..

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Posted by Jason (San Jose, Ca) on 01/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Steaming ACV worked for me! I came down with a bad cold two weeks ago and it turned into a sinus infection - sinus was bloated, mucus was thick and brownish, and pressure around the nose. Netipot and rest didn't make it better and I was getting desperate. Tried steaming vinegar (didn't have ACV) two nights ago and the next day felt a lot better. Did it again yesterday and now I'm almost completely well.

Thanks a lot to those who posted this remedy!

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Posted by Marilyn (Missouri) on 12/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had sinus surgery 3 years ago, and had not had a sinus infection since. On Thanksgiving woke up with a horrible sinus infection. I'd had symptoms for a couple weeks, like achiness, fatigue, Went to dr next day took 10 days of amoxicillin, did not help at all. Saw your article on ACV, could stand the taste, so tried steaming 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup ACV. Wow! End of lst day, I felt much better, but was coughing up and blowing my nose a lot.The next morning I felt like a new woman. I passed this on to my brother, his results were great also.

Replied by Earwax Sg
5 out of 5 stars

Yes it worked for me too. Exact same symptoms going to the end of antibiotics treatment but it didnt cure it so I tried this and it worked just few hours later!

Replied by Denise

Hi, can you explain exactly what you did please. Does steaming involve just breathing in the vapour with head covered with a towel? Thanks so much, Denise

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Posted by Mary G (Appleton, Wi) on 11/30/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have Irritable bowel syndrome (Spastic colon) and I get sinus infections at least once a year.

My doc always prescribes antibiotics for my SI's and every time I take them, I spend too much time in the bathroom. I recently came across your site and tried the ACV for my sinus infection:

I am using three-four drops of ACV, 1/2 tsp of baking soda (to take the edge off of the ACV) and warm water in my neti pot. I do this three times a day and I am planning to do this for five days.

The first day was harsh, but the second day of treatments was less harsh. I am now on my third day of treatments. I am not a 100% better, but I am feeling more better than I did before when I was on antibiotics. This is more effective and faster than antibiotics. I plan to do the ACV health drink after my SI's is over with. Thanks for this helpful information, You saved me a trip to the doctor, lots of bathroom time and some money. Thanks again.

Replied by Kaveh
0 out of 5 stars

What about your sense of smell? I just tried ACV and water saline, I must say I added almost 50% Apple Cider Vinegar and 50%water. And now, I can't smell anything.


If you use 50% ACV, then you burned the nerve endings in your nose that control the sense of smell. That's why the instructions tell you to dilute it.. it has 5% acetic acid.. and instead of using only 2.5 to 5 ml in 8 oz of water, you used the equivalent of 120+ ml per 8oz!!! Of course it burn your smell receptors... Fortunately they will grow back in a couple weeks or so.

Follow the instructions.. And if you decide to go stronger start from the most diluted form and slowly add.. it's not too intelligent to Simply ignore the instructions and go to a crazy ratio with no idea of how it's going to impact you.. Common Sense tells you to start off easy before you go stronger (and certainly not 30 to 60 times stronger!!! )..


With all due respect to David, listing measurements in ML's (milliters) is just pointless here in the USA. It would be better if you'd describe them as a fraction of a teaspoon, or just as drops.

Replied by Mary

My sense of my smell smelled weird during these treatments. It smelled like vinegar most of the time. I am not a medical doctor, so you may want to consult with your doctor on this one.

Replied by Kinney
(North Carolina)

50/50 sounds like too much ACV. Most recommendations I see say 1t. or 1T. ACV to 1 cup of water.

Replied by Pamela S
(Washington State, Usa)

I have also lost my sense of smell (and taste) after using a more dilute version of apple cider vinegar and distilled water. Please share...Did you ever recover your sense of smell? I'm very concerned about this side effect.

Replied by Pamela
(Washington State)

Happy to report that my sense of smell has almost completely returned after about two weeks. Given the experience however, I doubt if I would recommend using apple cider vinegar as a sinus rinse in a neti pot or otherwise.

Replied by Michael
(New Zealand)

Hi Pamela,

As I reported earlier, in a previous post, my wife's tummy pains have mostly disappeared some time ago, largely as a result of going (strictly) gluten free! It is now three months and she is reporting that her sense of smell has returned after years of having no (sense of! ) smell at all! She is now able to smell some of the stronger smells that she had almost forgotten about. She's a happy chappy, as she felt she had been missing out all these years on an important aspect of life.


Replied by Brazjion
(The World)

I think maybe steaming a good dilution is better due to the fact you can stop if it becomes irritating.

Replied by Brazjion
(The World)

I am pretty sure you just used tooooo much ACV. The instructions were 1/2 to 1 TEASPOON of ACV. More is not always better...and just because it is natural....doesnt mean it can be used in excess. Be gentle with yourself and your care....your total sense of smell will return. Blessings

Replied by David

You should not add the baking soda to the ACV to adjust the "harshness." To adjust the harshness, you simply adjust the concentration by increasing the dilution with water. Adding baking soda to the ACV adversely affects its beneficial properties..

Additionally, there is no reason to wait to drink the diluted ACV. In fact, the nose rinse, and the drinking of the ACV work together. People with digestive problems may actually find that it helped us as well..