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Acetic acid is much weaker than hydrochloric acid. Weak acids do not fully dissociate into their contituent ions, so there will be a smaller concentration of H+ ions in 1 M acetic acid than in 1 M hydrochloric acid (even though the concentrations of the two acids are the same). It's the H+ ions that burn your skin - that do the damge. So, a small concentration of H+ ions, which is what we have in 1 M acetic acid, will therefore be pretty safe.

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