Acetic Acid is a synthetic carboxylic acid with antibacterial and antifungal properties. Although its mechanism of action is not fully known, undissociated acetic acid may enhance lipid solubility allowing increased fatty acid accumulation on the cell membrane or in other cell wall structures.
Considered as a weak acid, Acetic acid 90% (Technical Grade) can inhibit carbohydrate metabolism resulting in subsequent death of the organism. It is an important chemical reagent and industrial chemical used in the production of plastic soft drink bottles, photographic film; and polyvinyl acetate for wood glue, as well as many synthetic fibres and fabrics. In households diluted acetic acid is often used as a cleaning agent.