Can Vinegar Be Used As a Disinfectant?

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The fact that vinegar is widely used in making and preserving pickles is excellent proof of the disinfecting properties of vinegar. Michael Mullen, spokesperson for the Heinz Company, uses several studies to prove that only 5 percent vinegar has properties enough to destroy 80 percent of viruses, 82 percent of mold and 99 percent of bacteria. This is why vinegar is a common household product used for cleaning infection-prone surfaces like kitchen stoves, toilets, sinks and floors.

Disinfect Toilet Bowl with Vinegar

  • Pour 3 cups of white distilled vinegar into the toilet bowl, let it sit for half an hour and then flush it out. This not only will disinfect the toilet bowl, but also will deodorize it. Pour a cup of diluted white distilled vinegar in the toilet bowl, let it sit overnight and then scrub it with a toilet brush. This will cut off any tough stains on the toilet bowl and leave it sparkling. Pour a cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and let it work for 5 minutes. Run a bucket of hot water into the bowl to break any clots inside. Finally, pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl once a week to regularly disinfect the toilet bowl.

Disinfect Bathroom with Vinegar

  • Pour full strength white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it all over the bathroom to kill the germs around. Follow this by wiping the surface with a clean cloth. Mix 1 tsp. of baking soda, 1 tbsp. of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup water in a spray bottle and spray it into the bathroom to freshen the air.

Disinfect Kitchen with Vinegar

  • If you have chrome sink fixtures and lime has built up on them, mix 2 tbsp. salt and 1 tsp. vinegar to make a paste for cleaning the fixtures. Moreover, you can clean the kitchen countertops with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Alternatively, mix a half cup of vinegar and a half cup of water in a bowl and heat it inside the microwave oven. This not only will loosen the baked-on food, but also will deodorize it.

Disinfect Floor with Vinegar

  • Adding a cup of vinegar into your mop water will keep your floor germ-free. If tough stains have built up on the floor, then pouring vinegar on them and then rubbing them will surely help. Mopping the floor with a solution of vinegar and water will also add shine to the floor.

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