Did you know that vinegar is 100% biodegradable, edible, and non-toxic? Organically distilled white vinegar (ODWVinegar) is about 5% acetic acid (occurring naturally). ODWVinegar kills bacteria and viruses, by chemically changing the proteins and fats that make up these nasties and destroying their cell structures. In America, the FDA will not certify any vinegar as antibacterial, antimicrobial, or antifungal regardless of the wealth of information to substantiate that they should. Then again, if the FDA actually did this it would be devastating to the billion dollar cleaning industry. We wouldn't want that, would we?
When US researchers tested commercial cleaning products against alternatives like vinegar they discovered that vinegar killed a range of household pathogens. Science also tells us, for example, that vinegar will kill off the flu virus.
As part of research aimed at preparing us for a flu pandemic, UK researchers found that malt vinegar, much like bleach and washing up liquid, can rapidly inactivate the flu virus. More recently, US researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that vinegar efficiently killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis — the bacteria that causes tuberculosis — after 30 minutes of exposure to a six percent acetic solution.
Profession Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases physician at the Australian National University's medical school, says: "TB is a hard-to-kill bacteria, so the fact that it works against them means most other bacteria will likely be killed by vinegar as well."