The Science Behind Cleaning with Vinegar

 

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I have heard about and read about how cleaning with vinegar is a natural option but never have I seen where someone cited actual research. My curiosity led me to do some research on the scientific proof of how effective cleaning with vinegar really is.

The internet is great because there are plenty of people out there willing to share their tips and tricks for every topic that you could think of. The internet is also great because you can educate yourself on subjects that have been researched and written about in scholarly journals.

Through research, I found a great four page fact sheet outlining the effectiveness of common household products on sanitizing food preparation surfaces. The chart below is included in the fact sheet along with additional tips regarding cleaning with these products.

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STEPS FOR USING VINEGAR OR HYDROGEN PEROXIDE TO SANITIZE

Option 1:

  1. Heat either 4 oz (1/2 cup) white distilled vinegar OR hydrogen peroxide in a sauce pan to 150°F or 66°C. (Handle CAREFULLY when heating as the liquids will be warm but not hot.)
  2. Using a funnel pour the warm solution into a spray bottle.
  3. Immediately spray on kitchen surfaces, counter tops, sink, refrigerator interior, faucets.
  4. Let sit for 1 minute then wipe with a clean paper towel.

Important: Both products when heated will produce an odor. This odor is not harmful to you. Test sanitizer in an unseen place to be sure hydrogen peroxide will not discolor or fade the surface.

Option 2:

  1. Use either 4 oz (1/2 C) white distilled vinegar OR hydrogen peroxide
  2. Using a funnel, pour room temperature solution into spray bottle.
  3. Spray onto kitchen surfaces, counter tops, refrigerator interior, and faucets.
  4. To be effective solution MUST sit for 10 minutes then wipe with a clean paper towel.

Warning: Never mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar together.

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I did not include everything from the four page fact sheet. With that in mind, I encourage you to check it out when you have time. I found the information extremely useful.

Check it out: Cleaning & Sanitizing the Kitchen Using Inexpensive Household Food-safe Products

 

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