Sorry, Vinegar Can’t Kill Viruses


As the nation’s supply of disinfectants has dwindled over the past months, people have resorted to using various kinds of alternative disinfectants. Vinegar is not one of these.

Many households use vinegar as a surface cleaner because of its acidic composition. Although it has disinfectant properties, it is not nearly as effective as any standard house cleaning agents. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vinegar is not potent enough to effectively disinfect surfaces.

Also Read: 10 Things You Touch Every Day and How to Disinfect Them

While undiluted vinegar showed promise in breaking down bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella, it does not affect viruses such as the common cold virus and especially powerful ones like the novel coronavirus.

Using vinegar will not only leave your home smelling like vinegar, it will also leave you exposed to COVID-19.

The 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and bleach remain as two of the most effective and convenient disinfectant for surfaces.

Also Read: Why You Shouldn’t Use 90 Percent Isopropyl Alcohol as Disinfectant

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