Does Vinegar Kill Viruses Like COVID19?

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As the cases of COVID19 rises all around the world, it has started creating more panic. People have started hoarding supplies, needed or not all the products are running out of stock. The latest product flying off shelves: disinfectants. Consequently, people have started opting for natural cleaners i.e vinegar.

As there are no such studies yet that these might work against COVID19 but experts believe some natural disinfectants may be effective given how they act against similar viruses.

If you are already using or deciding to use vinegar as a disinfectant, Here’s what you need to know about some of the most common natural cleaning products. Also, if they can help protect us against COVID19 and other viruses or not.

Is Vinegar A Disinfectant And Does Vinegar Kill Viruses? Well, Here’s The Thing.

Vinegar is a widely used ingredient in every household. It is sometimes used as a household cleaner because it contains acetic acid which helps in breaking down the dirt and kill some types of germs. However, it is not said to be the best option to kill germs. Unless mixed up with other ingredients. Though vinegar is considered to be a safer alternative to bleach, there is limited data that suggests vinegar may actually be helpful against certain germs and viruses.

It is said, that Vinegar does contain acid and also damages bacteria and viruses but it has not yet proven to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, the ingredient known as acetic acid which is present in this does have some disinfectant properties and can kill some types of germs. Vinegar can be used as a disinfectant if that’s the only option left, here’s how!

How To Use It As A Disinfectant When There’s No Other Option

If you’ve been looking for disinfectants and are unable to find any, you can prepare it at home by using this simple method.


  • Detol
  • Vinegar
  • Water

Combine vinegar with water and detol with a ratio of 1:1:3 equalling parts detol and vinegar with three parts of water.

This combination can be used on:

  • Stovetops
  • Floors
  • Sinks
  • Countertops
  • Walls
  • Cupboards
  • Windows.

The time that it takes to kill the germs is around 30 minutes. The acid that is present in vinegar can sometimes damage some surfaces so try not to use it on:

  • Aluminium
  • Cast iron
  • Waxed wood
  • Natural stone

Along with disinfecting areas, it is important that you make the minimum contact with the people outside and stay at home as much as you can.

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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