What is the common name of the solution of acetic acid and water?

1 Answer
Dec 22, 2014

The common name for a dilute solution of acetic acid in water is vinegar.


The concentration of acetic acid in vinegar is about 5 % by mass.

Vinegar can be colourless, but it often has natural or artificial colourings.

Vinegar appears in all kinds of food. Who hasn't eaten salt and vinegar potato chips (crisps)? It is also a major component of many BBQ and hot sauces.

Vinegar acts as a preservative. Think of pickled onions and cucumbers. Even hard-boiled eggs are pickled in a mix of brine and vinegar.

There are many varieties of vinegar. They include red, white, malt, cider, sherry, rice, and balsamic vinegars.

Whatever you call them, they are just coloured and flavoured solutions of acetic acid in water.