Note: The information contained in this document generally refers to table strength vinegar and is not intended to be inclusive and should only be used as a guide.
Vinegar is well recognized as a cleaning agent. It is especially effective in removing inorganic soils and mineral deposits such as hard water films. It is also effective against a broad range of bacteria, destroying or reducing these organisms to acceptable levels.
Solutions containing vinegar reduced the numbers of bacteria by about 90%. The vinegar wash also reduced the numbers of viruses by about 95%. Additionally, vinegar has been found to be effective as a rinse agent in reducing levels of E. coli on various countertop surfaces (e.g., laminate, wood, tile, concrete, stainless steel and granite).
Vinegar’s chemical properties make it a cleaner with several important advantages:
- Biodegradable – a mild organic acid
- Easy to dispense and control
- Safe for stainless steel used by the food industry
- Relatively nontoxic and stable – safer for handlers
- Pleasant “clean” odor