Vinegar is a dilute aqueous solution of which acid?

Vinegar is a dilute aqueous solution of ethanoic acid.

  • The main component of vinegar is acetic acid, which gives a sour taste and pungent aroma.
  • Acetic acid (CH3COOH), also called ethanoic acid, the most important of the carboxylic acids.
  • Ethanoic acid is used as a solvent for the production of camphor and cooking material.
  • Acetic acid is used as a degreasing solvent and cleaning agent.
  • Farmers sometimes spray acetic acid on livestock silage to fight fungal and bacterial growth.
  • Ethanoic acid reacts with a base to give the salt and water just like other mineral acids.


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