Vinegar and Acetic acid

"What's on the wall above the shower?"asks my husband. "That's mold", I say in unbelief, thinking "Is he completely unaware that mold has been growing on and off in our bathroom for at least a year?? Does he not notice anything??" He then asks nicely,"Did you know vinegar is good for cleaning mold?" I reply (almost sarcastically )"great, then can you get the vinegar, climb up there, and wipe it down?"  He tells me "I should probably do that", but I don't hold my breath. A few days later, I get the Lysol wipes, a step stool and rub the mold off the walls above the shower. I do not use vinegar but I do scrub.   Vinegar (~ 5% dilution of acetic acid) is a weak acid and a good sanitizer (kills germs). Mold is controlled by … [Read more...]

What am I eating? Capric acid, Decanoic acid, Coconut Oil and MCTs

The first organic chemists discovered new compounds and gave them names based on the source of the compound. For example, Capric acid, which has a heavy dairy fat aroma and is found in goat milk, was named after caper-; the Latin meaning goat. Common names were given arbitrarily, not rationally or systematically. Therefore, a systematic way of naming organic chemicals was developed, IUPAC nomenclature. This naming system identifies how the carbon atoms of a given compound are bonded together and what functional groups present in the compound. For example, Capric acid is also called Decanoic acid because it is a 10 carbon chain fatty acid; deca meaning 10. In the flavor industry,both common and IUPAC names are used. Part of the exam to … [Read more...]