Summertime Tip: Use Pickle Juice To Soothe A Sunburn

Summertime Tip: Use Pickle Juice To Soothe A Sunburn

Sarah Rae Smith
Jul 26, 2010

A little while back, we asked how you reuse the pickle juice that's left in the end of the jar, and boy did you tell us!

We've also mentioned reusing the brine to repickle stray veggies in your fridge, but this time we're proud to announce another use — sunburns!

We've always been the person at the beach who's slathered head to toe in sunscreen, wearing a hat, a cover up and potentially a neck to ankle union suit to avoid a sunburn. No matter how we attempt to keep the harmful rays away, we always end up a bright shade of pink, even after just a few minutes of sun. We've used every sunburn relief on the books and after we polished off our lone aloe plant, we decided it was time for something else. Naturally, we turned to the pickle jar, who wouldn't?!

With all of our kitchen items and 99% of our food and supplies still packed from a recent move, we've been a little low on some of our usual household remedy supplies. We used the end of our institutional size bottle of white vinegar cleaning our apartment when we moved out and we haven't bothered to replace it yet. It's a good stand in for aloe, but since we didn't have any on hand, we turned to the fridge to see if there was anything to try out.

We've been eating simply and a jar of pickles has been a nightly snack (well a pickle a night, not a jar a day!). Realizing it's mostly vinegar, we dabbed in a rag and blotted it on. The phrase "immediate relief" comes to mind! Not only was it cool, the vinegar in the brine soothed the burn and the smell wasn't super pickle-y either.

So next time you come back inside a little extra-tasty crispy from your outdoor activities, try a bit of pickle juice to get some relief! Do you have a homemade sunburn remedy? Let us know in the comments below!

• Related: DIY Tip: How To Make Dill Pickles

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