Never Use Baking Soda and Vinegar for Cleaning
In this video, I wanted to explain why you should never use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning.
Although we use both vinegar and baking soda in our natural cleaning products you should never mix the two together.
I didn’t want to go all high school chemistry teacher on you, but there is a lot of misinformation on the internet about using the two together. I have even seen some writing about how you can use the “scrubbing bubbles” action of mixing the two for cleaning.
What happens when you mix baking soda (a base) with vinegar (a weak acid) does not create “scrubbing bubbles”.
Instead, what causes the bubbles in the release of CO2 (carbon dioxide) gas that is released in the reaction. So I believe it is safe to say that the CO2 gas released does not have any cleaning power.
What you are left with at the point where all the CO2 gas is released from the reaction is water and sodium acetate.
This solution is a weak salt solution at best. It has no cleaning properties whatsoever.
For instance, would you try and mix table salt and water and use it to clean your stove or sink? Well, this solution is similar in that it is virtually worthless as a cleaning solution.
I also cover in the video something else you should never mix when making homemade cleaning solutions.
You should never mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together. The result is peracetic acid, which can be caustic and burn you if the solution is strong enough.
So just to recap, never mix baking soda and vinegar for cleaning. The result is that you have removed the cleaning properties of both products and wasted your money.
Never mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide because the resulting peracetic acid is caustic and can be harmful to your health.
Although we do use all three of these in our natural green cleaning products we make at home, you need to be careful not to waste money or worse yet, create a harmful substance.
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