Will acetic acid cause irritation on our skin? Does it have any specific smell? what is it's pH range? Is it too strong to cause irritation in our nasal passage?


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    $\begingroup$ Your second question is a proof that you've never encountered acetic acid and hence probably should not worry about your remaining questions. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Jan 26 '18 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ Ever smell vinegar? $\endgroup$ – Oscar Lanzi Jan 26 '18 at 13:48

It totally depends on the concentration of acetic acid you use. We have dilute acetic acid in our kitchens (vinegar) so low concentration (Approx 3-9% v/v) is okay. The smell is acidic but is bearable. The pH of vinegar is around 2.4. On the opposite scale glacial acetic acid (99%), causes severe skin burns and is flammable. It has a very strong acidic smell and will most probably burn your nasal passage or severely irritate it. Hope this helps.


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