In this post, you will discover which vinegar is used for cleaning. Vinegar is an effective natural alternative to your everyday household cleaning products which can be extremely toxic and dangerous.
What is Vinegar?
Have you ever tasted a wine that has turned? Let me save you the trouble, it tastes very sour and similar to a bottle of vinegar that you might find in your pantry.
When making wine, sugar is turned into alcohol through the process of fermentation. When wine is then exposed to oxygen, ethanol is converted into acetic acid and the wine turns into vinegar.
What Is Vinegar?
Vinegar is a substance derived from the fermentation of fruits and grains. It is formed by 5% acetic acid and 95% water.
Although the acidity Heinz Cleaning percentage varies depending on the type of vinegar, we can usually see this percentage on the product label.
There are multiple types of organic and non-organic kinds of vinegar such as white distilled vinegar, wine, champagne, balsamic, sherry, cider or apple, port, etc.
Why is Vinegar Used for Cleaning?
Acetic acid is what makes vinegar acidic. This acidity is what makes vinegar an ideal natural cleaning alternative. It can kill many gems, break down grease, dissolve soap scums and tackle a variety of stains.
The lower the pH level, the more acidic the vinegar is and the better it is for cleaning. Distilled white vinegar is the most acidic vinegar and usually has a pH of around 2.4. It is a strong acid, making it a potent cleaner.
Many stores stock ‘cleaning vinegar‘ which is usually a distilled white vinegar. The difference between the two is the strength.
Ordinary white vinegar usually has 5% acidity content and distilled white cleaning vinegar usually has a 6% acidity content.
What appears to be a small difference, one percent, actually makes the cleaning vinegar a staggering 20% stronger!
So when I get I asked for vinegar recommendations regarding cleaning, I always recommend purchasing the cleaning type as it will be more effective.
Did you know that regular household cleaning supplies are constructed from some of the most powerful bacteria killers around? They are expertly engineered to annihilate nearly every single organism they come into contact with.
Knowing this, it is no surprise that these man-made poisons are extremely harmful to our health and the health of our environment. Many of these products have toxic effects on our bodies, and animal life and plant life once they enter our waterway.
The reality is that there are very few scenarios when these harsh chemicals are needed. Vinegar is a biodegradable, safer option for our environment and own personal health.
Does Vinegar Clean?
I am personally cleaning with vinegar every day. The cupboard under my sink has a variety of homemade vinegar-based cleaning products: all-purpose, window cleaner, dusting spray, wood polish, wood floor cleaner, shower spray, oven cleaner, etc.
Vinegar acidity makes it a very diverse cleaner and a good alternative to bleach. It dissolves mineral deposits, soap marks, grass stains, glues, mildew, wax build-up, removes sticky stains, sweat stains, hard water stains, polishes many metals, cleans brick and stone and deodorizes.
However, be always cautious when using vinegar for the first time. It can be too strong for some types of delicate fabrics and stone surfaces, therefore it may need diluting with water first. I often dilute and test a small area first if I am concerned about how the two materials may react.
Is Vinegar a Disinfectant?
Many people use vinegar as a disinfectant as it kills the majority of bacteria. However, it is not a registered disinfectant and is not approved for this use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This is because it doesn’t kill some dangerous bacteria such as staphylococcus or salmonella.
When I am concerned about dangerous bacteria lurking in my household, I add a little (less than 3%) of hydrogen peroxide (a natural disinfectant or bleach) to my homemade all-purpose cleaner.
I especially like doing this when one of my three kids has the lurgy!
Tip: Cleaning Red Wine Stains on Carpet
Make up a paste using 2 tbsp. Of cleaning vinegar and ¼ cup of baking soda. After blotting up wine with a cloth, rub the paste into the carpet and then allow it time to dry. Then finish by vacuuming up whatever may be leftover.
Baking Soda: I really to use the Arm and Hammer brand as they are well trusted. They also receive an ‘A’ rating with The Environmental Working Group; a fantastic reference guide when choosing natural cleaning products. They have an app called ‘EWG’s Healthy Living’ too.
Cleaning Vinegar: I prefer to use the Heinz All Natural Cleaning Vinegar. They also receive an ‘A’ rating with The Environmental Working Group.
Challenge: Read ‘The Dirt on Cleaning Product Companies’
Read this review about how well five leading cleaning product manufacturers are rated on toxic chemicals and consumer right-to-known issues. It is called ‘The Dirt on Cleaning Product Companies’, by Woman’s Voices for the Earth (WVE).
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