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What is the difference between Rubbing alcohol and Vinegar?

Asked by Marlon , Last updated: Oct 04, 2020

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M. Kennedy

M. Kennedy

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M. Kennedy, Web Content Writer, Denver

Answered Jul 27, 2020

Alcohol and vinegar are two common materials that are used for cleaning purposes and other things. Vinegar is a liquid that consists of acetic acid and water.it is produced from the fermentation of ethanol; vinegar is mainly used in cooking. During the production of vinegar, the process of fermentation can be slow or fast. Vinegar is used to dissolve both polar and non-polar compounds.

Rubbing alcohol is not the same as the common alcohol; rubbing alcohol is also known as the surgical spirit is used for topical applications; it contains concentrated ethanol.

Rubbing alcohol is colorless and has a melting point of -89degree centigrade and also boils at 82.5 degrees centigrade. Vinegar is used to also dissolve non-polar compounds like oil.

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I. Woods

I. Woods

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I. Woods

Answered Jun 18, 2020

There are a lot of people who may use rubbing alcohol now in order to clean some surfaces or at least to clean their hands. There are also some people who would like to use a more natural remedy so they would like to use vinegar.

Vinegar is known to be acidic so they will have the ability to remove some of the materials. Rubbing alcohol is better when it comes to topical application. Vinegar is made out of acetic acid and water and it can be used for a lot of purposes other than cleaning.

There are instances when rubbing alcohol can be used better for cleaning and there are also times when vinegar can be used better. It will depend on the components that will be used.

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