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Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide as Disinfectants

by Ken Adachi <Editor>
October 21, 2006

I originally posted a short article here which touted the advantages of combining hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, however, the person who wrote the article contacted me and asked me to remove the article citing copyright infringement. Judging from her e-mail, you would think she had written War and Peace, but  I never argue with people who take offense with my attempts to help them gain greater exposure. and wider readership.

To summarize her three paragraph article down to a single sentence: You may gain some additional disinfectant qualities from hydrogen peroxide by diluting it with vinegar, a weak acid.

You can use it as a spray on kitchen boards, utensils, etc. You could also use it to wash fruit or similar disinfectant /cleaning chores in the kitchen or bathroom.

(End of article.) Thank you.

Ken Adachi, author

Copyright   2006 by Ken Adachi and, but feel free to copy and repost this short tip at as many web sites as your heart desires. No permisison required. KA


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----- Original Message -----
From: Ellen
To: Editor
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Subject: Please don't add 5% vinegar and 3% peroxide together

Hello, Ken,

Came across your brief note while checking webrefs on home cleaning of medical devices. Combining these two items forms an acid which varies in strength, can cause skin damage, and does not have the same disinfecting effect as the two applied in sequence. Some reliable research has been done on the two in sequence, it does not matter which is used first. The combo is bactericidal for food-born illnesses and a fair viricide to boot, in fact used one after the other, more effective than a plain clorox solution.

Just an FYI.

Ellen Tisdale , RN, MSN, CNM

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