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7 Reasons You Should Start Taking Apple Cider Vinegar Baths

It’s hard to deny that apple cider vinegar is a magical substance that can help with any ailment. Multitask during your evening bath by reaping the benefits of adding apple cider vinegar to your water.

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Soak in vitamins

Apple cider vinegar contains vitamin C and B vitamins, which help to nourish your body’s largest organ, your skin. By soaking in an apple cider vinegar bath your body can absorb the vitamins leaving your skin moisturized and feeling soft. Here are many more health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

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Soothes your sunburn

After you fry your skin spending the whole day in the sun, soak in an apple cider vinegar bath. It will soothe your skin, so you’re in less pain, and help it heal faster. Try these other home remedies to help with sunburns.

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Balance your body’s pH

Since apple cider vinegar is naturally acidic it can work to restore the pH level of your skin (which should be slightly acidic). Not only do the beneficial acids help your skin, but they also have an alkalizing effect, which can help aid digestion. ACV can also help aid in digestion, but make sure you’re not drinking apple cider vinegar like this.

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Get gorgeous locks

Apple cider vinegar is a great hair detox. The acid works to eliminate oil that builds up on your hair. It can also help to reduce dandruff and split ends. After, your hair will feel soft and look shiny. These are the worst things you can do to your hair.

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Soothe the skin

Unlike regular body wash, apple cider vinegar can naturally kill any bacteria or fungus on your skin. It’s especially beneficial to people who suffer from eczema, dry skin, dandruff, and athlete’s foot. Its antibacterial properties can also work to knock out zits. Dab some on your face while in the bath to help with acne.

Apple cider vinegar is also recommended for urinary tract infections. It can kill the yeast or fungus and will keep the area from getting infected. Try these other home remedies for rashes.

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Eliminate body odor

We develop body odor when the bacteria on our skin mixes with sweat or moisture from our body. Apple cider vinegar can kill the bacteria and eliminate the odor. The way your body odor smells can reveal a lot about your health.

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Reduces joint pain

Relax and unwind after a long week filled with back, neck, and knee pain. Apple cider vinegar is known to help with joint pain. Take apple cider vinegar baths regularly to help your creaky knees. Try these other proven treatments for knee pain.

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How to take an apple cider vinegar bath

Fill your tub with warm or hot water and add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Once you are finished, let the apple cider vinegar water dry on your skin. If the smell is too much, rinse off in the shower afterwards.


Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.

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