Friday, May 13, 2005
forget wine - go for vinegar
Adapted from the "Care2 Ask Annie" newsletter.
(Yes... of course... I am absolutely sure that ''semi-revisionistic'' auteurs like Dan Brown -can you have a more generic, all-American name than ''Dan Brown'', I ask ye? lol- would thus surmise that the INTENT of the Roman soldiers -no anti-semitism here, right Rabbi?- those primordial Italian bastards, was to give vinegar to Christ on the Cross merely to help Him kill germs... After all, Listerine had not yet been invented... hmm? And there was no Mentos, the Fresh-Maker either... Twits like Mr. Brown and the rest of the Reservoir Dogs of Literature seem to need to palliate to those apparent ''needs'' of times past - they likely spend endless sleepless nights wondering also how in blue blazes the Sanhedrin could have ever done without supermarket overpriced kosher products during Passover... A tough endeavour, for sure, but someone does have to do it... hmm?). - LP
''Vinegar is a mainstay of the old folk recipes for cleaning, and with good reason. The vim of the vinegar is that it kills bacteria, mold, and germs.
Heinz company spokesperson Michael Mullen references numerous studies to show that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegar—such as you can buy in the supermarket—kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). He noted that Heinz can't claim on their packaging that vinegar is a disinfectant since the company has not registered it as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, it seems to be common knowledge in the industry that vinegar is powerfully antibacterial. Even the CBS news show 48 Hours had a special last December with Heloise reporting on tests from The Good Housekeeping Institute that showed this.
Just like antibiotics, common disinfectants found in sponges and household sprays may contribute to drug resistant bacteria, according to researchers of drug resistance at Tufts New England Medical Center. Furthermore, research at the Government Accounting Office shows that many commercial disinfectants are ineffective to begin with, just like antibiotics.
Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board, and in your bathroom, and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don't even rinse, but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.''