Can you replace alcohol with vinegar for disinfection?

can vinegar replace alcohol and kill bacteria and virus?

Everyone will go after useful resource when disaster came. Disinfectants like alcohol and cleaning bleach all sold out now in Hong Kong because of the Wu Han Virus.

Vinegar has been used as a disinfectant for centuries, and it has been confirmed that Organic Acid inside Vinegar do the trick.

Is it possible to replace alcohol with vinegar? Does vinegar kill bacteria and virus, particularly Wu Han Virus?

What is vinegar made of?

The most noticeable Organic Acid in vinegar are Acetic Acid and Propionic Acid. Acetic Acid is produced through the fermentation of Ethanol, which is alcohol(CH3CH2OH + O2 → CH3COOH + H2O).

All vinegar contains 3% to 7% Acetic Acid and 0.1% to 0.5% Propionic Acid.

Does vinegar kill bacteria and fungus?

According to a study from American Society of MicroBiology, the Acetic Acid and Propionic Acid of vinegar is effective in killing most bacteria.

They tested with a vinegar solution with 6% Acetic Acid. After 30 minutes of wait, bacteria on the disinfected surface are killed or greatly reduced, including M. massiliense nontuberculous mycobacteria, a bacteria that shows strong drug resistance.

Apart from killing bacteria, vinegar also kills fungus. Based on an experiment from Journal of Applied Oral Science, soaking and washing denture with vinegar can kill and stop fungus like C. albican, C. lusitaniae and C. parapsilosis from growing.

Vinegar also kill mildew that commonly found in bathroom or kitchen, E. coli and Salmonella.

Does vinegar kill viruses, especially the Wu Han Virus?

Although vinegar can kill pathogens like bacteria and fungus, there is no support for vinegar alone can kill virus, let alone the Wu Han Virus.

Nevertheless, a study has shown that using vinegar with other disinfectants together is effective in killing Human Influenza H1Z1.

It is extremely dangerous to mix different chemicals together without sufficient knowledge in chemistry. If you mix vinegar with bleach together, they react and generate of vapor of Chlorine.

Chlorine gas was excessively used in WWI.

FAQs

Is vinegar a disinfectant?

Yes. The higher the concentration of Acetic Acid in that vinegar, the better its performance in disinfection. The average concentration of Acetic Acid in vinegar is 5%.

Does vinegar kill bacteria?

According to a study from American Society of MicroBiology, the Acetic Acid and Propionic Acid of vinegar is effective in killing most bacteria.

Does vinegar kill fungus?

Based on an experiment from Journal of Applied Oral Science, vinegar can kill and stop fungus like C. albican, C. lusitaniae and C. parapsilosis from growing.

Does vinegar kill virus, especially Wu Han Virus?

There is no support for vinegar alone can kill virus at the moment, not to mention the Wu Han Virus. However, a study has shown that using vinegar with other disinfectants together is effective in killing Human Influenza H1Z1.

How long would disinfection with vinegar take?

According to a study from American Society of MicroBiology, a vinegar with 5% concentration of Acetic Acid takes 30 minutes to finish disinfection. The higher the Acetic Acid concentration, the faster the disinfection.

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