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  2. Rich

    The reason vinegar and baking soda does clean is not because of the end result, but because of the chemical reaction. It only is effective while the chemical reaction is happening, so it is short lived.

    Aside from extreme cases like bleach, cleansers don’t work because they are corrosive but because they improve the rinseability of the surface they are cleaning. The excitation of the vinegar and baking soda releases kinetic energy and heat, rapidly, which can help loosen other substances, making them easier to rinse away.

    It is still effective for things like clearing drains as a result, where direct mechanical scrubbing isn’t feasible, but I wouldn’t think it would make a good fabric softener.

  3. Laura

    I prepare 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar with one quarter tsp of baking soda mixed with one cup of water and I drink it to neutralize my stomach acidity. It tastes great ! It’s so refreshing and it works !

  4. Hannah

    I used to use baking soda, vinegar, etc., etc., then I found industrial hydrogen peroxide. There’s nothing like it when it comes to cleaning mildew and mold…and I do mean nothing even comes close. So short of replacing grout because of mold/mildew problems, get this product. One draw back though. It’s hard to ship because it’s considered to be a hazard. Not that it will explode or anything, but it is very strong and will burn your skin if it happens to get onto your skin…not to mention your eyes. BUT aside from that, it is not toxic at all and leaves everything sparkling. If left out without being contained, it becomes inert. You have to be careful, but it’s worth it in my opinion. I haven’t tried it on poison ivy yet…that’s my next adventure.

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  1. […] is a base while vinegar is an acid, their chemical reaction produces an ineffective solution of water with a tiny amount of salt in it. This mixture does not clean your drain or […]

  2. […] is a base while vinegar is an acid, their chemical reaction produces an ineffective solution of water with a tiny amount of salt in it. This mixture does not clean your drain or […]

  3. […] Why: Baking soda is basic, vinegar is acidic. When you put them together you get mostly water and sodium acetate. But really just mostly water. […]

  4. […] and you end up with sodium acetate and water, which is not an effective cleaner. Read more about it here and […]

  5. […] Why: Baking soda is basic, vinegar is acidic. When you put them together you get mostly water and sodium acetate. But really just mostly water. […]

  6. […] acetato de sodio y agua, que no son limpiadores efectivos. Lee más al respecto aquí y […]

  7. […] Claro, el burbujeo parece tener un efecto limpiador, pero el bicarbonato de sodio neutraliza la acidez del vinagre — y obtendrás acetato de sodio y agua, que no son limpiadores efectivos. Lee más al respecto aquí y aquí. […]

  8. […] Claro, el burbujeo parece tener un efecto limpiador, pero el bicarbonato de sodio neutraliza la acidez del vinagre — y obtendrás acetato de sodio y agua, que no son limpiadores efectivos. Lee más al respecto aquí y aquí. […]



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