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Personal Hygiene: How To Use Vinegar As A Disinfectant 

Personal Hygiene: How To Use Vinegar As A Disinfectant 



ith the random outbreak of diseases around the world, it’s obvious that one has to take extra precautions when it comes to hygiene. If not, one minute you’re jamming to your favorite song and the next, you’re all wired up in a hospital bed. Yes, it’s that dramatic. As hand sanitizers have reached celebrity status, it’s become a little pricier than it used to be prior to the pandemic, and it might be unnecessary to use it when cleaning up the home space.

There are ingredients locked up in the kitchen cabinet that can do wonders in the cleaning department and one of such is vinegar. That’s right, vinegar as a disinfectant is highly effective. They can act as a disinfectant that destroys some bacteria and viruses. That being said, it has not been scientifically proven that vinegar kills the covid-19 virus hence, don’t relent on washing your hands with soap and running water. It’s best used during food preparation and   if there are any adamant spots, vinegar helps wipe them out.

Vinegar as a disinfectant? This should be interesting…


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Usually a 1:1 ratio of water to white vinegar is advised. Pour into a spray bottle for easy usage. Use this solution on sinks, stove tops, windows, walls, cupboards, and floors to avoid easy spread of germs in the home.

Do I have to be careful when using vinegar as a disinfectant?

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Of course. The acetic acid in vinegar helps to wipe out some germs but can also damage some surfaces. Also, be extra careful when using it on surfaces that directly harbor food like refrigerator and cutting boards. You might have to diffuse its effect with soapy water thereafter.

Using vinegar as a disinfectant on surface like aluminum or waxed wood is absolutely a bad idea. Asides from surfaces, vinegar can be used to revive stained pots and pans. Soak them in a mixture of a small cup of vinegar and a gallon of water for 30 minutes, after which you rinse in warm soapy water.

Bonus Tips:

  • If you are in for an entire vinegar house cleaning day, you might have to find an alternative place to wait out the strong smell of vinegar especially if you or anyone around you is sensitive to its very domineering presence.
  • We know it gets exciting and you might want to channel your inner Dexter but please do not mix vinegar with bleach or hydrogen peroxide. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

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