If you are using vinegar and water only it will of course have a vinegar smell but the smell does not linger for long, it dissipates as soon as it dries. If you just HATE the idea of vinegar smell even for a short time you can add scent in the form of essential oils to your vinegar and water solution. You can add an essential oil that has antibacterial qualities to boost the effectiveness of your natural cleansers.
As to the effectiveness of vinegar to kill germs, vinegar will kills household pathogens and the flu virus, just as soap and water will. Now let's say you are trying to disinfect a cutting board used for meat, here is some professional advice:
"However, that dirty chopping board might warrant disinfecting – but only after you've given it a good scrub with hot, soapy water.
It's only the act of rubbing and scrubbing a dirty chopping board that can break down the slimy matrix around certain types of salmonella, allowing the disinfectant to then get to work."
(Professor Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases physician at the Australian National University's Medical School.)
Vinegar has many other uses in the home. Continue reading to find recipes and more information about the Virtues of Vinegar.