chemical free

Since when is anything around us ‘chemical free’?
Water is itself a chemical substance while vinegar is nothing but a solution of acetic acid dissolved in water so washing produce in vinegary water is bathing them in chemical substances.

‘No artificial chemical substances’ ?!?
OK, water is probably ‘natural’, even though some tiny amounts of it were indeed produced by us.
You don’t believe me?…But you know that we all burn things, right? And if we don’t burn it ourselves we have others burning it for us. A considerable part of the electricity we use is produced by burning things. Locomotion is mostly ‘produced’ by burning things. Oh, you weren’t aware that by burning a gallon of gas you produce 1.52 gallons of water. Well, now you know. For natural gas the ratio is even higher – more hydrogen – so it’s 2.2 pounds of water for one pound of natural gas. Don’t worry too much about the coal burning power plants, they don’t produce too much ‘artificial water’ because coal contains almost no hydrogen so… sorry, only CO2 in this case.
And how much water do we produce? I don’t know, if you’re interested you may use these figures: 90 million barrels a day of oil/day/world in 2011 (approx 32 billion barrels/year)  and 3 427 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas in 2012 (some 5000 billion pounds per year). And since all of this water first goes up in the air and then rains down on us there is more than a slight chance that a few molecules of it end up in your sink.

And this goes both for the tap water and for the one already in the vinegar.

As for the acetic acid it doesn’t really matter if it came from vine – usually the case for balsamic vinegar – or from ‘industrial’ Ethyl alcohol, the kind brewed and distilled from starch (potatoes, corn, etc) and used to make vodka among other things. It’s the same chemical substance. Oh, by the way, alcohol, caffeine and THC are also chemical substances.

And for those of you who are really interested in where it makes any sense to wash anything using vinegar, yes, it seems that it can be useful in some instances. Check out here for more information.