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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.

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