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Warning: you may be falling for vinegar cleaning myths — 29 Comments

  1. Well , first I found the article very interesting and helpful , however , once I began reading where it states ” Sould I buy cleaning vinegar ? ”
    No

    Heinz sellas a vinegar thats’ 6% acetic acid instead on 5%. It says you can use it for food . Do you ever use it for food ?

    I found myself more confused trying to understand what was being mentioned , simply speaking it caused me to stop reading any more being I was not understanding any of it .
    perhaps a simple facsimilie of ” Steps ”
    Step
    #1. what it is go for
    Step #2 what it isn’t good for , simply speaking SOMETHING SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND
    I read things like this to ” get away ” from complicated subjects and topics like Technical Analysis , Fundamental Analysis , Macro Economics , Micro Economis , engulphing patterns ( candlesticks ) support & resistance lines , channels , trends , Sectors , Industries etc. etc.
    speaking of which , our economy is currently in my opinion at a ” Top “

  2. Thanks, Joe. I appreciate that kind of comment. I have revised the section you refer to. I hope it’s clearer now.

  3. So great learning about the Do’s and Don’ts of different cleaning products. I’ve made so many mistakes before and would hate to mess up my new granite counter-top or ruin the paint on my walls which I have done before.

  4. Try an experiment. On grapes you purchase at the grocery store, divide into three large ziplock bags, add plain water into one bag. The next add some baking soda and water maybe 2 tablespoons. The next add baking soda and vinegar and 4 oz.water . Close and shake. Pour each into a glass jar.
    And you can compare and see how dirty grapes (and everything else) really are. See for yourself.

  5. Thank you for going into a little detail about the chemical structure of vinegar and soap and why they don’t work together. I used to put vinegar with my laundry detergent when washing my linen to get a fresh scent, but now I know that I”ll need to either prewash or rinse with vinegar and not combine with laundry detergent.

  6. https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-01-12/does-vinegar-really-kill-household-germs/8806878
    US researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that vinegar efficiently killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis — the bacteria that causes tuberculosis — after 30 mins of exposure to a six per cent acetic solution.

    Professor Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases physician at the Australian National University’s medical school, says: “TB is a hard-to-kill bacteria, so the fact that it works against them means most other bacteria will likely be killed by vinegar as well.”

  7. Good article. One point not included—frequently distilled vinegar is made from petroleum rather than fruit fermentation. It is derived from ethanol so not natural at all. It’s quite the sticky wicket as the labeling isn’t clear. Use apple cider vinegar when possible because it is hard to track down the original source without contacting the company directly. Heinz’s distilled vinegar is not from petroleum but the rest are a big question and evidently it isn’t wrong doing not to declare the source on the labeling.

  8. Interesting Karen. But it takes a very long time to kill all the bacteria. No one looking for a household disinfectant will wait that long. Thanks for the information.

  9. That’s what I read. I haven’t tried it. The instructions I found say to spray undiluted distilled vinegar on mold and let it work for an hour without rinsing or scrubbing. When something takes an hour to work, it’s important to give it an hour to work!

  10. Interesting. I seldom buy grapes, because I can’t eat them all before they go bad. Is the purpose of your experiment to show that one method gets grapes cleaner than another, or just that a lot of residue comes off grapes?

  11. I was going to use water, vinegar, and non abrasive cleaner to clean my Solar Panels, but it sounds like after reading this article it would be a bad thing to do. We used vinegar, water, baking soda on Perigo foot. What a mess it made, water spots. Had to use Fabalosa to get floor looking good again. Please what can I use on my slot panels that will get them clean, but also not kill my grass , flowers, when rinse runs off water.

  12. Yes, water is a “chemical.” But it’s not useful to make an example of people who commonly misuse this word when we know the average person really means “dangerous chemicals,” a term this article goes on to use when explaining why vinegar would be good to use for toilet cleaning:

    “It’s slower than a commercial toilet cleaner, but you’re not putting a dangerous chemical in the water supply.”

    The article is confirming that the reason some people are attracted to vinegar as a cleaning solution is in fact correct in some instances. But it does so paragraphs after being dismissive of that mentality. Please consider sticking with the fact that just because vinegar is good for some things doesn’t mean it’s a miracle elixir.

  13. I like to encourage precision in language, even though I know it’s a losing cause. But if it were only a matter of the average person misusing “chemical,” I’d probably let it pass. Too many environmental activists become positively nasty, as if “chemical” meant inherently dangerous. And whatever the propose instead of “chemicals” may have its own environmental problems.

  14. Another good use for vinegar: I live in the Pacific Northwest (Portland, OR area specifically) and the first winter I was here I realized all my towels had started to smell like mildew (never had that problem in Oklahoma and I’d had the same towels for over ten years!). The way to get that smell out and keep them from mildewing is this: run them through a normal wash with normal detergent (I always add OxiClean as well). Then, after they’ve gone through the entire wash and rinse and spin, instead of drying them yet, pour a cup of white vinegar into the washer and run a HOT water load with just the vinegar. Then dry as usual. No more mildew and they don’t smell like vinegar either! 🙂

  15. Thanks, Melissa
    Since borax is antifungal, you’ll probably get the same effect by adding it to your wash water. It will save you time and water. But thanks for pointing out that you can use vinegar without getting that vinegary odor.

  16. Today I washed a dress and noticed a stain. I tried removing it with sunlight soap and then I soaked it for a couple of hours in napisan oxi action powder dissolved in water. When I came back the yellow cotton dress was the she orange. I rinsed but the whole thi b was I evenly stained. I went to bed feeling really cranky about it but then remembered that I had seen a similar reaction before when stain removing with that soap. Some stains would go that orange color. Anyway, I hopped up and went and got the dress out the washing machine and I poured white vinegar over the dress and like magic it changes back to bright yellow like nothing ever happened. Yay vinegar!

  17. Fabulous article! Thanks so much, you definitely addressed the many aspects of this controversial subject very well!!! Very helpful to the masses, undoubtedly, a true service! Keep the great articles coming!!! Don’t stop! God bless you! And for your many answers to commenters, it’s rare for an author to respond to his/her readers! Kudos! -Ben Arnold 😀

  18. To say water is just as effective at cleaning veggies as vinegar is a blatant lie. Even if vinegar killed only 45%, half of clinical test results, of the remaining surface bacteria/viruses it still performs exponentially better than water alone. To say it’s unless because it does not work as well as a purpose built disinfectant is like saying an electric scooter can’t get you from point a to point b because it is not a car…

  19. I pray you get these comments.. but, I’m in a bind.
    Replaced my whole house water system, fed my a well.
    I flushed the system with a pressure washer& unknown to me, soap was in the washer.
    So, soap is now in my pipes and won’t go away..
    I’m wondering is vinegar will neutralize it and allow me to flush it out?
    Thx if you have a sec to help ?

  20. I’m sorry, but I have no idea. It sounds like you need to call a plumber–at least for advice.

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