We’re excited to announce the addition of a new product to our lineup! You can now purchase Vinegar – White 20% – NON-GMO (K1000) and Vinegar – White 20% – Organic (K1010) from Jedwards International. Since there are so many different types of vinegars and concentrations, let’s break down what kind of vinegar this specific product is!
Vinegar is made from fermenting either sugars or ethanol, also known as grain alcohol. The word has its roots in Old French, vyn egre, which translates to “sour wine”. Since alcohol production is an old human tradition, it’s highly possible vinegar making may be just as old; there is even evidence to suggest it was produced used by Babylonians and Ancient Egyptians.
There are a variety of vinegars made from the sugar of different products. Our product is a white vinegar, naturally fermented from grain alcohol. Acetic acid is naturally produced from a special type of bacteria that is responsible for the fermentation process, aptly named acetic acid bacteria.
White vinegar, despite its name, is a clear liquid. It is the sharpest and strongest vinegar in both taste and aroma. Bottles of vinegar are usually marked with a percentage ranging from 5-10%. This is to advise the consumer of its concentration of acetic acid in the product. In grocery stores in the US, you usually won’t find a vinegar that goes over 8% on the shelves. In culinary white vinegar, it typically doesn’t exceed 5%. 10% acidity and higher is instead often found in the Home and Garden section of many stores, advertised as a natural non-selective herbicide or multi-purpose cleaner.
Our vinegar has a concentration of 20% Acetic acid, which means it is highly concentrated and should be used cautiously and handled with care. Our White Vinegar – 20% is not suitable for direct consumption. Our product comes with a safety data sheet to review before use. When using full strength vinegar, eye and skin protection is strongly advised and necessary to avoid personal injury.
Vinegar has historically been used for cleaning for ages. It’s resurgence as a natural cleaner is meeting the demand for an alternative to cleaners that contain chemicals like bleach and ammonia.
Here are a few suggestions vinegar has an application for:
- Killing weeds
- Cleaning rust off stainless steel
- Cleaning mineral deposits from coffee pots
- Lowering the pH level of soil to increase its acidity
- Restoring the look of old and weathered masonry
- Effective at removing mineral and calcium deposits & buildup
- Stain removal on fabric
Here are some things to be wary of when using vinegar as a cleaner:
- High concentrations/undiluted solutions can corrode non-stainless-steel metals
- Vinegar is non-selective as an herbicide, so spray with caution
- Full strength or undiluted cleaning vinegar can cause eye and skin damage without proper protection. For your safety, wear proper protection and dilute 20% solution for general home cleaning
- Vinegar should be avoided on finished surfaces to avoid damage to the wax, and can wear down stone and marble at high concentrations