Is Vinegar Antibacterial?

Is Vinegar Antibacterial?

Acetic acid is the main component of vinegar that can aid in removing grime, dirt, and debris. It also has the capacity to reduce and eliminate certain virus strains such as the infamous E. coli, Salmonella, and Mono. However, the variety of virus strains acetic acid can kill depends, and there are still a large range of viruses that cannot be killed by acetic acid. Professionals claim that although vinegar, because of its acetic acid component has antibacterial properties, many commercial sanitizers and disinfectants are a lot more effective and work more efficiently than vinegar.

Vinegar Smells

Vinegar may also not be your choice of disinfectant or hand wash, because you will quickly realize the tangy, zesty, sour smell of even a small amount of vinegar will spread all over the place you released it. This smelly condiment should rather be used on top of foods such as salads, as it would potentially aid in purifying sections of the salad where it comes into contact with. Eventually, in your stomach, it will mix with the entire salad. This would potentially positively benefit your health. However, for more industrial usage, vinegar is not recommended due to its weak antibacterial properties as well as its smelly, funky odor.

Vinegar Smells Omedi

i still want to use vinegar

If you must use vinegar for whatever reason, we won’t stop you. We recommend you buy and use “white vinegar” from any brand. Usually, this vinegar is 4-7% acetic acid, and cost-effective. For a bit more money, cider and wine vinegar have a guaranteed higher base acetic acid content of 5-6%. Whether it is to wipe down your fridge or tabletop, vinegar is not recommended due to its starchy nature that will attract many fungi, bacteria, and insects to nourish themselves upon the film of vinegar residue left on the surfaces you just cleaned.

What we recommend

From a professional standpoint for sake of effectiveness, bleach will work a lot better as a disinfectant, deodorizer, and cleaner. If you are serious about removing contamination from your kitchen, cupboard, etc. then you will have better outcomes using a solution such as bleach instead of vinegar. An important note, please do not mix bleach with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, as this can create toxic vapors.

If you are simply looking for a household product that will disinfect your hands, we recommend using soap and water. We have a whole article explaining the effectiveness of soap here.

If you were looking for a portable way to disinfect your hands without the use of water, we at OMEDI have something way better than vinegar. We have developed a before seen antibacterial lotion that keeps your hands protected from viruses for hours while keeping them shiny and moisturized.