Just Ask: How Is Vinegar Made?

Eco-expert Umbra Fisk gives the low-down on vinegar production.

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Don't put petroleum byproducts in your salad dressing. Vinegars that list "grain alcohol" are made with natural ingredients.

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Q: I use white vinegar as a natural cleaning product, but until recently I never asked how it was made or where it came from. When I finally did ask, I learned that some white vinegar may be produced from fermenting ethanol from natural gas or petroleum derivatives. If this is true, how can we be sure our vinegar is “natural”?
— Whitney

Find out what Umbra has to say about natural vinegar.