Many commercially-made cleaning products are created with hazardous chemicals that can cause respiratory problems, skin irritations and pollute the air in your home. When you make a natural disinfectant cleaner from inexpensive, common household pantry ingredients such as vinegar, borax and water, you can help reduce your chemical exposure and keep your house as clean as store-bought disinfectants.
The claim: Vinegar may work as an effective (and cheap!) household cleaner, says a study published in the onlline journal mBio. Acetic acidthe active ingredient in vinegaris powerful enough to kill the type of drug-resistant bacteria that causes tuberculosis.
The research: When the study team exposed several drug-resistant types of dangerous bacteria to a 6% solution of acetic acid for 30 minutes, the numbers of the bacteria dropped to undetectable levels. The active ingredient in vinegar may have the ability to pass the bacteria membrane, explains study coauthor Howard Takiff, MD, of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research. Once inside the membrane, the vinegar component could raises the pH levels to a point where the bacteria cant survive, Dr. Takiff hypothesizes.
What it means: While most store-bought white vinegars contain 5% acetic acidprobably not enough to eradicate the disease-causing bacteria used in the studythat should still be enough acid to kill many types of household bacteria, …
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