Acetic Acid [CAS# 64-19-7] is a clear, colorless liquid with a sharp odor. In its diluted form, acetic acid is a more commonly known as vinegar and can be found in most kitchens as an eco-friendly cleaner. Additionally, it is used worldwide as an additive and flavor enhancing compound in foods. In the food industry, acetic acid is listed under food additive code E260 as an acidity regulator and as a condiment.
Because of its antibacterial properties, dilute acetic acid is also used in the production of many health and hygiene products, including hair conditioners and natural deodorants. Along with its household applications, acetic acid is also utilized industrially and commercially to manufacture a variety of fragrances, synthetic fibers, textiles, specialty rubbers, and even plastic products.