Is vinegar a good disinfectant?

Surely you have used vinegar in the cleaning of the home and is that, is a great natural cleaner and has multiple uses. But is it really a good disinfectant? We clarify it in this post and we reveal its best uses.

One of the best known natural products for cleaning, degreasing, polishing and disinfecting in the home is vinegar. While we cannot deny its great cleaning powers, can we trust it to kill germs in the home?

Using vinegar as a disinfectant

Many times we have read or heard that vinegar has great disinfecting powers. And now, due to the current situation we are living in, there is a lot of news about home remedies to disinfect the house. But we should not trust all the publications we see, as some are even dangerous.

Although it is true that, due to its acidity, vinegar has disinfecting properties, it is not as effective as cleaning products. In fact, it is not endorsed by the scientific community as an antibacterial agent nor is it registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an effective household disinfectant.

In fact, Miguel Ángel Lurueña, doctor in Food Science and Technology and scientific disseminator assures that “vinegar is not effective for disinfecting food or surfaces”.

Uses of vinegar in household cleaning

Oven cleaning vinegar

If you want to clean the oven thoroughly, thanks to the degreasing power of the vinegar you can leave it spotless in less than an hour using this product.

To apply it, you need a spray bottle and create a solution of three parts water to one part vinegar. Once ready, spray it on the walls of the oven, let it work for a few minutes and wipe the grease off.

Vinegar to remove rust stains from clothes

A 100% natural home remedy for removing rust stains from clothes is using vinegar. Apply it to the stained area and cover it with a little salt. Let it dry for a few hours in the sun and rinse to check that the rust has disappeared.

Vinegar to brighten up your wooden furniture

Wood is a widely used material in the furniture of all houses, as they are usually very durable, as long as they are given the right treatment.

So that they stay shiny like the first day, we recommend applying a mixture of vinegar and olive oil with the help of a cotton cloth and letting it dry for an hour.

Vinegar to clean and brighten your jewelry

One of our cheap tricks to clean silver at home is to use a mix of baking soda, vinegar and water. This mix is useful to clean silver and to brighten it.

Mix vinegar with baking soda and water until you get a thick mixture that allows you to wrap your jewelry. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then clean it softly with a toothbrush and rinse it with warm water. Then use a towel to dry your jewelry.

Vinegar to clean your bathroom and kitchen ceramic tiles.

There are many products that you can use to clean your bathroom and ceramic tile, and vinegar is, of course, one of them.

You only have to dilute vinegar in warm water and clean the tiles with the help of a sponge. Once that the stains are gone from your tiles, you can rinse it using water and dry it with a towel.

What products can I use as disinfectants?

Always, and specially now, given the current situation, it is necessary to extreme hygiene and disinfection measures of the spaces. Following the recommendations of the health authorities.

It is important to untrust the multiple pieces of advice and magic formulas that we get from the different social networks. In most cases, those advice are fake and can even turn out to be dangerous for us as they mix strong chemical products.

That way, in Aecetia, as professional cleaning experts, we always use bleach diluted in water, as the OMS recommends. We also use the products recommended by the health authorities Ministry of Health to ensure the maximum efficiency in your home and personal disinfection.

To conclude, we encourage you to read the list of authorized productos to remove virus in Spain and reread it frequently. You can also take a look at our post: Tips to keep your house clean and disinfected.

In this post we explain some general tips like what areas you should clean more often or the specific cleaning of kitchen, bathroom, dishes or clothes.

We really hope that all those tips are useful to you and help you clarify your doubts. We are here to help you!

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