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Is Vinegar a good disinfectant for countertops?

Does Vinegar have disinfectant properties?

This is what experts say about cleaning with Vinegar.

Vinegar has become a trendy household cleaner worldwide for its effectiveness in leaving surfaces with a high shine and removing mold, grime, and other specks of dirt.
Although Vinegar has disinfectant properties that can destroy some germs like E. coli and Salmonella, it does not kill 99.9 % of bacteria that cause diseases in humans. This 99.9% killing percentage is what qualifies a substance as a disinfectant. This is the standard set by the Environment Protection Agency or EPA.
The CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of substances like bleach or alcohol to disinfect household surfaces according to an article published in ‘Business Insider
What makes Vinegar so effective in leaving shining surfaces is its high concentration of acid. However, this acid does not possess the strength to kill viruses. 
The best way to clean your countertops would be to spray a commercial disinfectant and then use Vinegar to make them shiny. You could also mix it with baking soda or natural lemon juice to remove dirt or grime and keep the lemon’s fragrance smell in the air.

More Options.

Unfortunately, you won’t find an organic substance capable of eliminating powerful viruses. So, to disinfect around the house, we are going to use men made products.

 Rubbing Alcohol:

The North American term rubbing alcohol is a general term for either isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) or ethyl alcohol (ethanol).
Rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly what makes it suitable to clean electronics like computer keyboards, the mouse, and so on. Also, it will get rid of any unpleasant odor in the house.
It is recommended to use alcohol with less than 10 to 40 percent purify water, though. This means more alcohol, less water, about 70 percent more alcohol to keep its disinfecting power intact.


Ammonium hydroxide or ammonia is a good disinfectant for some pathogens, and like Vinegar, it is not registered as a disinfectant by the EPA. Ammonia is an excellent degreaser perfect for kitchens and floors and to eliminate pets odor. Ammonia is also ideal for bathroom tiles, window cleaning, oven cleaning, concrete stains, carpet, and upholstery stains. And like Vinegar leaves surfaces shining like new.
Ammonia’s downside is its very unpleasant (gas) smell. That is why, when using it for cleaning, it is recommended to mix it with water. A good measure is a mix of 1/4 cup of ammonia with one gallon of water.
For concrete stains, suck a sponge or cloth with the mix, leave it on top of the stain for about 25 minutes and then hose it down.
In glass or windows, spray the mix onto the surface and dry it out with paper towels. 
For stove burners, dip burners in the mixture using a plastic container and leave them soaked for about 10 hours.
Remove them from the mixture and brush them down. You will see how the grease comes out very quickly.
You could also mix Ammonia with Vinegar and try the same procedures, and you may obtain double results.


Sodium hypochlorite or bleach have a wide spectrum of bactericidal properties. Useful for disinfecting almost everything is an indispensable
item in every household. Use in many industrial processes, and it can eliminate bacteria, viruses, algae, mildew, weeds, and more.
Bleach should be handle with care and caution. It could burn your skin or eyes, and its smell comes from the gas produced by the chlorine, which is the active ingredient and any household bleach.

How to use it:

In the case of Vinegar and Ammonia, they work as cleaners. Bleach is not a cleaner but a disinfectant. So, do not expect to make the countertop shine with it. Bleach kills harmful germs and bacteria and sanitizes around the household with its capability to sterilize pretty much everything it touches.
The best way to use it is to clean first and then disinfect. On some surfaces, bleach may ruin the shine you want to get from the Vinegar or Ammonia. So you may have to use the Vinegar again after the bleach to get the glow back.

Baking Soda:

Sodium bicarbonate, this chemical compound that we commonly call baking soda, is another trendy household cleaner with many uses.
You could pour some of it on your countertops and scrub it around it, removing stains and make them shine too.
Because of its consistency, like powder type of compound is excellent to scrub greasy plates and pans. Mix with water can safely remove dirt or wax from fruits. I think by now, we all know that baking soda is handy in eliminating the foul odor. Unlock your bathroom sink or scrub crayon from the walls. Revive a plastic food container by removing stains from it with baking soda and banish mildew from your bathrooms. Shine your jewelry or clean the outside grill. Baking soda does it all, or it looks like it does.
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