Vinegar and brown paper
April 18, 2014 2:11 PM Subscribe
My son added a clothes peg (plastic with a steel spring) to a bucket of cider vinegar. Is the vinegar still safe?
posted by popcassady to Science & Nature (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have 2 gallons of homemade cider vinegar in the shed. About two months ago, I discovered a plastic clothes peg at the bottom of the bucket.
I removed the peg and rubbed the spring with my thumb to see if there was any corrosion. The spring had developed a dark crust that disintegrated as I touch it.
I have no idea how long the peg had been in there. I do not know what kind of plastic it is made of, nor what particular metal the spring is.
The vinegar smells delicious but looks darker than I had expected.
Chemistry experts, is this vinegar safe? Or has the bucket of vinegar become a bucket of poison?