Treat Skin Problems With Vinegar And Bleach Baths

Bleach and vinegar baths have many uses, from relieving eczema to treating skin disorders such as Epidermolysis bullosa. In fact, the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America recommends bleach and vinegar baths as a way to kill bacteria on the skin of EB patients. Read on to learn which bath to use to treat your skin ailment.

When to Use Bleach Baths

A common household disinfectant, bleach, is widely used to treat infected wounds and alleviate symptoms associated with eczema and other skin conditions. The Mayo Clinic recommends a bath comprised of 1/2 cup household bleach to 40 gallons of warm water. Immerse affected skin in the bath for 10 minutes and rinse off thoroughly.

A bleach bath is also effective as a preliminary treatment for scabs. Bacteria often fester underneath scabs, making them invulnerable to antibiotics. By using a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach to 2 quarts of warm water, you can gently soak off the scabs to prepare the skin for ointment. To help prevent dry flaky skin, take bleach baths no more than thrice weekly.

When to Use Vinegar Baths

Vinegar baths are an excellent treatment for yeast infections and a great way to sterilize the common Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria notorious for shrugging off antibiotics. EB Nurse recommends a 1:12 solution for a 3 percent vinegar mix or a 1:20 solution for a 5 percent vinegar mix. Soak the target areas for 15 minutes.

A similar formulation of apple cider vinegar and warm water can be used to treat sunburn pain. Two cups of apple cider vinegar to a bath will do for a whole body treatment. For spot treatment, dip a sponge or cloth in the mixture and gently apply it to the burned areas. Vinegar baths are also used to treat athlete’s foot and may provide relief for eczema sufferers. For scabs, it’s usually better and less painful to remove them with a bleach bath or apply antibiotic ointment.

An advantage of vinegar baths is that they can be repeated several times per day without the irritating side effects of bleach baths.

Why You Shouldn’t Mix Bleach and Vinegar

While it’s true that acetic acid boosts the cleaning power of bleach, the mix of the two releases toxic

chlorine gas, which can be lethal in concentrated amounts. Vinegar increases the acidity of bleach, making

There are better ways to get more cleaning power without putting your safety on the line. For starters, buy new bleach instead of using bleach that’s been sitting in your bathroom cabinet for months. Chlorine bleach has a limited shelf life and loses effectiveness with time. A brand new bottle of bleach can be several times stronger. To treat pervasive skin conditions, you can alternate between bleach baths and vinegar baths. Just be sure to rinse off thoroughly and give plenty of time between each treatment. To make bleach and vinegar baths more it a more powerful sanitizer, but that isn’t reason enough to mix them.

effective, apply moisturizer or topical medication after treatment. Replenishing lost moisture with the proper skin care product is essential to the healing process.

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+Dr.Cheryl Lee is a board certified dermatologist with 14 pattons and 4 FDA approvals on her eczema cure. Read more at