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CLEANING WITH VINEGAR


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.


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

∗ Less likely to leave harmful residues

∗ Pleasant “clean” odor

∗ Considered an alternative for use in green cleaning


Where environmental compatibility and toxicity are especially important, vinegar has been used:

∗ To reduce microorganisms in slaughterhouses and poultry plants

∗ To reduce mineral and lime deposits in lavatory pipes

∗ To prevent milkstone buildup in tanks used by the milk industry

∗ To clean vehicles and equipment used in the construction industry

∗ To wash and rinse walls and ceilings in restaurants and food establishments