So, is baking soda for yeast infections a viable treatment? The answer is yes, it certainly can be. However, using too much of this common household product can be toxic to the body. Baking soda rapidly alkalizes the body and this can cause alkalosis (more on this later). As research indicates, you will need about a 10% concentration of baking soda in say water to actually kill Candida cells. About a 5% concentration of this product will stop the growth of the yeast--giving your immune system an easier time when clearing it from your vagina (or other body part)! You can make a douche with baking soda for vaginal therapy, or put a paste on the skin that’s affected by this yeast. Either way, there should be some amelioration to your condition after you allow this substance to work on the yeast overgrowth.
According to the literary publication, Essential Guide to Food Additives, baking soda is produced via the industrial manipulation of limestone and brine via the ammonia soda process; then, it is further refined by repetitious crystallisation. Baking soda is an easy thing to acquire; as it is frequently found in grocery stores across the globe. This substance is relatively safe to ingest and use on the skin--with the caveat that you don’t over do it. We will talk more on baking soda overdoses; and, yes, you can easily overdose on this household product if you take too much. Small children can even absorb enough through their skin to get poisoned. So, you may want to take a look at the rest of this interesting overview on baking soda before you commence using it. And, always ask a professional medical physician before you use large amounts of baking soda, or using it with small kids!
Personally, I would avoid using baking soda as it may require a long duration of contact with the yeast infected area to show any results. Higher concentrations may quicken the time to kill the yeast; but, they may cause you to absorb too much sodium bicarbonate into your body. Occasional baths with baking soda throughout the day should help to relieve vulvar discomfort such as burning and itching. Baking soda baths may also help to calm the painful burning on the penis or other areas of skin that are infected. This style of bath will generally be more for comfort than healing. More on these baths for Candida outbreaks later on in this article!
Research on this Topic
An important study, published in the Saudi Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences [3.1 (2015): 26], found that baking soda (NaHCO3) can effectively kill Candida albicans. The study found that low concentrations of baking soda did not do much to inhibit the development of this yeast. However, when a concentration of 20 grams of baking soda in 200 mL of solvent was introduced to the yeast; after 8 hours of contact all the yeast cells were killed. And, the researchers stated that, after 8 hours of time, this killing power fully manifested.
So, to effectively kill off yeast you may need to use around at least a 10% concentration, and allow it to be in contact with the yeast for at least 8 hours. The study had a focus on use of various household chemicals like baking soda (such as vinegar) for sterilizing dentures. And, the researchers concluded by stating that low concentrations of these chemicals (baking soda included) did not do much to clean dentures--but, higher concentrations of these chemicals, when exposed to the dentures for 8 hours or more, might have a helpful effect.
The next study thoroughly addresses the question “does baking soda work for fungal infections?” This critical research was published in Mycopathologia [175.1 (2013): 153-158]. The study used 70 different fungal strains isolated from patients with nail fungus (onychomycosis) or skin fungal infections. Of these strains, 18 were yeasts; and, of these, Candida genus strains included 6 Candida albicans strains, 6 Candida parapsilosis strains, 2 Candida guilliermondii strains, and finally one Candida zeylanoides strain. The smallest amount the study found to stop the growth of the fungi isolates, known as the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), for 90% of the fungi was referred to as MIC90. The study found that a concentration of baking soda of 10g / L inhibited 80% of the fungal isolates tested; and, of these, 95% of the yeasts were inhibited at this dilution. At a concentration of 100g / L of baking soda, all of the fungal strains tested were totally inhibited. Of the fungi, baking soda appeared to have the best antifungal effect on the yeasts.
The researchers also checked to see if baking soda had more than an inhibitory activity on yeasts--looking for fungicidal ability (seeing if sodium bicarbonate would do more than just stop growth but actually kill the yeasts). The study used 3 Candida albicans isolates and 1 Candida parapsilosis isolate in their check for the fungicidal ability of baking soda. Unfortunately, the experiment showed that after 72 hours there was a recurrence of growth by the yeasts. Thus, baking soda at low concentrations appears to have only a fungistatic (stopping the growth of fungi) ability; not a killing capability. The following chart, taken from the study, shows the grams of baking soda per liter necessary to inhibit the growth of various fungi used in the research. Note that “SB” stands for sodium bicarbonate; and, of course, MIC90 is the level of this chemical compound required to stop the growth of 90% of the strains.
The next study we will investigate also states that baking soda has an inhibitory ability against Candida albicans, Candida lusitaniae, and Candida guilliermondii. The research found that sodium bicarbonate had a weak, delayed ability to inhibit the growth of these yeasts. All of these Candida species’ strains were inhibited by just a 5% concentration of sodium bicarbonate. The researchers also used acetic acid (the acid found in vinegar--more on vinegar therapy here); and, acetic acid was much better than baking soda at stopping a yeast infection. Just a fraction of a percent of acetic acid stopped the growth of the Candida. And, acetic acid seemed to work much faster than baking soda at getting rid of the yeast cells. The following chart was taken from the study and shows the basic 5% concentration of sodium bicarbonate required to inhibit the growth of the corresponding yeasts:
Sodium Bicarbonate, Candida Biofilm, and Yeast Adhesion Ability
This additional study, published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology [105.4 (2008): 986-992], looked at how well baking soda would stop the development of Candida biofilm. The study found that baking soda seemed to do little to halt Candida albicans from creating biofilm. Thus, baking soda is a nearly useless home remedy for getting rid of yeast biofilm. Don’t expect an entrenched vaginal yeast infection’s biofilm to be eradicated by using baking soda.
Another study sought to see how efficacious baking soda would be at stopping Candida albicans from adhering to a surface. This important research was published in the journal Brazilian Oral Research [23.4 (2009): 381-385]. The study used 50 different four mm2 plates to test this yeast’s ability to latch on and grip the surface. After the Candida was allowed to grow on the plates, some of them were washed with a five percent sodium bicarbonate solution.
Also tested in this study, was white vinegar--some of the plates were washed only with white vinegar as well. In all, there were five different chemicals evaluated: sodium bicarbonate (labeled as “group B”), white vinegar (labeled as “group V”), Corega Tabs (labeled as “group C”), digluconate chlorhexidine (labeled as “group P”), and a control fluid: distilled water. The study found that only group B and P demonstrated a significant reduction in Candida albican’s ability to adhere to the plates. The chart below, procured from the study, shows how much reduction of adhesion happened via the use of the various groups. Note that group B, which is baking soda, performed nicely.
Baking Soda Bath for Yeast Infection
A proper baking soda bath for many ailments should probably be done in a sitz bath style. The United States National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health defines a sitz bath as follows: “A warm-water bath taken in a sitting position that covers only the hips and buttocks [source on Cancer.gov].” Another great piece of advice for taking a baking soda bath / sitz bath comes from the University of Iowa Women’s Health Center. According to their brief overview of vulvar skin care guidelines, the health center states the following regarding classic baking soda soaks:
Baking Soda soaks. Soak in lukewarm (not hot) bath water with 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda to help soothe vulvar itching and burning. Soak 1 to 3 times a day for 10 minutes. If you are using a sitz bath, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda.Source article from the University of Iowa Women’s Health Center
It may not be the best idea to try and kill off the yeast with a baking soda bath; as this will likely require having at least a 10% concentration of baking soda in your bath water. As mentioned, a 5% baking soda concentration in your bath should effectively arrest the yeast’s growth. But, it’s going to be up to you how much baking soda you put in your bath. Sodium bicarbonate can absorb through the skin and vaginal interior to some degree. Consequently, make sure you talk to a medical doctor before you use gratuitous amounts of baking soda in a bath. And, certainly before using this household product with an infant or small child; as this may cause a health problem.
Case in point, one study relates the story of an infant whose mother used too much baking soda on her child’s diaper rash. The study was published in the scientific journal Pediatrics [67.6 (1981): 820-822]. The mother apparently put a large amount of sodium bicarbonate powder on her 4 month old infant--in an attempt to clear up diaper rash. The infant developed an acid-base disturbance; which, fortunately was resolved after the baking soda treatment was ceased. So, make sure you do not subject small children to extreme amounts of baking soda. If you want to use a concentration of baking soda that can stop yeast growth--or more--make sure you get the approval of a licensed medical physician before you do anything like this.
In addition to baking soda, try adding in a few essential oils to a sitz bath--such as tea tree oil and thyme oil. Essential oils should help to perfume the bath to some extent and provide an extra degree of antifungal ability to the shallow bath water. You can also use anti-yeast herbs, like chamomile, in your bath as well! For more information making a tea tree oil bath or more on using chamomile for a yeast infection bath you can check out these pages:
- How to use tea tree oil for treating a yeast infection
- Using chamomile for treating a Candida problem
Side Effects of Too Much Baking Soda
The first scientific exposition on the topic of baking soda overdoses we will investigate was published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics [39.1 (2014): 73-77]. The study looked at people who improperly used or ingested baking soda that ended up being reported to the California Poison Control System between the years 2000 and 2012. The study also states the common fact that sodium bicarbonate has very real capability of causing severe toxicity when you swallow extreme amounts. The orange label to the right is from Arm & Hammer baking soda (a very popular brand in the States) and operationalizes how to properly use this useful substance when you want swallow a bit of it (say when you want to calm your acidic stomach that is giving you heartburn). However, many people seem to go overboard with baking soda; and, there are some real dangers that can occur when you get too much in you. One common group of people who overdosed on baking soda, cited by the study, were those who wanted to fool a urine drug test. Another group of people, cited by this research, who overdose occasionally on this household product, are individuals who chronically use antacids.
The caution on using baking soda may seem a bit superfluous; however, the study reported that, of 192 accepted incidents of sodium bicarbonate poisoning (some of these incidents may have been misuse--not including ingestion), 20 people used half-box and 9 people used more than one 8 ounce box of baking soda. So, you can see, some people get out of control in their radical use of this product. One person, examined by this study, consumed an entire box of baking soda to pass a drug test. Another individual ingested more than one whole box to help neutralize their stomach acid. Finally, another individual ate a quarter of a box to induce vomiting. Thus, not everyone stays within the guidelines put forth by Arm & Hammer’s baking soda label!
The following quotation was taken from the study’s conclusion and outlines the general thoughts of the study. Below this quotation is a chart taken from this paper that relates the pathophysiology (i.e., the damage to the body caused by an injury or disease) of improper baking soda use. A very common symptom of too much sodium bicarbonate in the body is alkalosis. Alkalosis is an extreme alkaline state of body tissues or fluids; often this can cause cramps, nausea, unusual muscle movements, general weakness, and loss of the ability to have physical sensations.
Baking soda if misused in excessive amounts can result in serious acid/base and electrolyte imbalance requiring medical treatment. Patients often exceed the doses recommended on the product label, but adverse side effects were also noted when the recommended doses were administered. Those at highest risk include those who chronically self-administered an antacid or those who use a method to ‘beat’ a urine drug test. Other patient populations that should avoid use of baking soda include young children, pregnant women, alcoholics and those who are on diuretics.
Conclusions about this Home Remedy
Baking soda does not seem to have any Candida killing power at low concentrations; rather, it adequately inhibits (stops the growth) yeast cell proliferation at concentrations of around 5%. By halting further cell reproduction, your immune system can have an easier time clearing this invader from your body. Using a stronger concentration, a minimum of 20g baking soda / 200mL solvent (which would be like a 10% baking soda solution--the solvent could be water for instance), should kill Candida. Consequently, it is an acceptable home remedy for yeast infections. Also, sodium bicarbonate did dislodge attached yeast from acrylic resin plates; so, it is likely it will also be able to detach yeast from the skin and mucosal linings (such as the inside of the mouth or vagina). But, the key thing to remember is to not go overboard. Too much exposure to baking soda can cause significant health problems; such as alkalosis. If you plan on drinking some, after you dissolve it in water, just try and stick closely to the package directions (as the orange photo above showed one example of such guidelines).
Linda Allen’s Fast, Safe, Natural Candida Cure (Gone in Just 12 Hours!)
One woman, Linda Allen, struggled frequently with yeast infections. Her problems seemed to all start in her late teen years; about the same time she developed a sinus infection. To solve this problem, Linda made an appointment with a doctor and quickly got a prescription. The doctor’s solution did work amazingly at first. Yet, a while later, Linda came down with another yeast infection. Yet again, Linda made an expensive appointment with her doctor. The physician gave her another prescription; and, like before it cleared her up her infection with ease. But, as you may have guessed, Linda came down with yet another yeast infection about a month later.
This cycle of Candida problems went on for a while in Linda’s life. In all, Linda suffered with Candida health problems (as many women and men unfortunately do) for close to 12 whole years! Those who knew Linda wondered if she was sicker than she was letting on, or was she just a hypochondriac? This poor woman’s money was also being exhausted with all the medical bills she was paying. Linda found herself living in a cramped apartment and feeling physically miserable. Thankfully, Linda’s life changed for the best when she finally made an appointment with a naturopathic practitioner (a naturopath is an individual who focuses on natural medicines for the healing physical ailments).
The naturopath quickly pointed out that Linda was suffering from a systemic Candida infection. This was causing her outrageous health problems. Linda now knew, that if she could fully eliminate this yeast from her body, she would be back to her healthy, happy self. And, so began nearly a decade long quest to understand Candida and how to effectively cure herself. Linda tried a vast array of alternative treatments and spent a small fortune in the process. In addition, Linda consumed medical texts that could offer her some insight into properly addressing her situation. When she could, Linda spoke with medical experts about Candida and gleaned important information from these talks. It took a while, but finally Linda did develop a radical approach to getting rid of Candida--permanently. She then spent a year refining her therapy before giving it a try on herself. When she did, Linda found that her health began to dramatically improve. She wasn’t getting yeast infections anymore; and, for the first time in a long time, she was feeling wonderful. Eventually, after a long time of enjoying her newfound vitality, Linda decided she had done it! She had permanently ended the misery Candida had been causing in her life. She was healthy again.
After her breakthrough, Linda went on to publish a book that describes exactly how to replicate her success and fully recover from systemic Candida health issues. Also, she explains exactly how to get rid of a regular yeast infection in just 12 hours time--guaranteed. Since writing her book in 2004, over 100,000 people from around the world have used Linda’s book to permanently end their yeast related health problems. Using Linda’s approach, you won’t ever have to spend a small fortune routinely buying over the counter or prescription yeast infection treatments. And, Linda shows you how to do it with safe, natural ingredients that are no sweat to find--plus much more.
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