Vinegar Kills Bacteria, Mold and Germs

Vinegar is a mainstay of the old folk recipes for cleaning, and with good reason. The vim of the vinegar is that it kills bacteria, mold and germs.

Heinz company spokesperson Michael Mullen references numerous studies to show that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegar—the kind you can buy in the supermarket—kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). He noted that Heinz can’t claim on their packaging that vinegar is a disinfectant since the company has not registered it as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency. However, it seems to be common knowledge in the industry that vinegar is powerfully antibacterial. Even the CBS news show “48 Hours” had a special years ago with Heloise reporting on tests from The Good Housekeeping Institute that showed this.

Just like antibiotics, common disinfectants found in sponges and household sprays may contribute to drug resistant bacteria, according to researchers of drug resistance at Tufts New England Medical Center. Furthermore, research at the Government Accounting Office shows that many commercial disinfectants are ineffective to begin with, just like antibiotics.

Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board, and in your bathroom, and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don’t even rinse, but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.


Yvette Sloan
Yvette Sloan4 months ago

Vinegar is great

Kim J.
Kim J.6 months ago

wow i just know


Michel Jr Julien
Michel Jr Julien1 years ago

Thank you for sharing with us.Really great article
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Lady Kaira
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.2 years ago

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.2 years ago

Now this is in actual fact cooperative. It’s very openhanded of you to share this with us.
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Erin H.
Erin H.2 years ago

Interesting article, thank you

Frances T.
Frances T.2 years ago

The government accountability office deals with how the government spends the money it receives, not consumer product issues.

Nimue P.

I know :)

Amy Ingalls
Amy Ingalls2 years ago

I also spray my cutting board with vinegar and let it air dry. Works great!