Vinegar or Mustard Compress


Courtesy of Dr. Julia Strickler, ND

Using white vinegar compresses or spritzes can take the sting out of sunburns for some people and also offers antimicrobial benefits. 

Super easy

Vinegar or Mustard Compress


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 1 parts white vinegar
  • 1 parts water

Vinegar or Mustard Compress Directions

  1. Dilute standard white vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) in a 1-to-1 ratio with pure water, wet a cloth in the mixture then apply directly to sunburned areas.
  2. Alternatively, spritz the mixture using a spray bottle with a mister setting. Use caution if there are any cuts or open blisters—vinegar STINGS!
  3. Leave the vinegar on for 10 to 15 minutes and then feel free to wash it off to avoid the vinegar smell.
  4. Apply full-strength, regular yellow mustard for the same benefits as the vinegar, but use caution: There can still be a bit of sting if there are open areas of skin. If there are any skin cuts or wounds, using full-strength milk topically in a compress is also an option.

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