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6 Things You Should Never Clean With Vinegar

As one of the “magnificent four” of home-made cleaning products, vinegar has always had its uses and is even today preferred next to labeled cleaners as it is cheap, available, and effective for your home cleaning needs. But even vinegar has a limit to its uses. There are some things that vinegar should definitely not touch. It has acidic properties that are sometimes more likely to damage rather than clean certain surfaces. Here are some things you should avoid using vinegar on.

1.     Egg Spills

If you drop an egg on the floor, the last thing you should try and clean it with is vinegar. The aforementioned acidic properties of the vinegar will cause it to coagulate and the cleaning job will become harder.

2.     Hardwood Floors

Some people will tell you that vinegar does wonders for their hardwood floors, but there are just as many that will tell you about their damaged wood. It probably all relates to the floor wax used to coat the planks, but either way, use detergents specific for hardwood instead of immediately jumping to clean your floors with the vinegar.

3.     Irons

Not the metals, but the tool used for ironing. Some people use vinegar to clean the lime scale from the inside of an iron, but there are many reports that vinegar damages the internal parts. Stick with the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean the iron and do not improvise with acidic liquids like vinegar.

4.     Clothes

Often times people advise you to throw vinegar instead of a fabric softener into a load of laundry. That is a bad idea, especially if you are using bleach. Since vinegar has acidic properties, mixing it with bleach will create a nasty chemical reaction that will create chlorine gas. You definitely do not want this on your clothes or in your washer.

5.     Monitors and Other Screens

Since vinegar is so great for cleaning so many things, people will use it to clean literally anything, including their smartphones, laptops, PC monitors and TV screens. But some of these items today have a layer of oleophobic coating on them to prevent fingertip smudges. The acidic properties of the vinegar could very well strip the oleophobic layer off, so if you want to protect your screens better, do not use vinegar to clean any screen.

6.     Stone Countertops and Tiles

The vinegar’s acid etches natural stone, so if there is a certain design your countertops or tiles have, you should definitely keep vinegar away from them. It will eat into the design and ruin it, and if it is a countertop, it will damage it and will make it less practical during cooking, not to mention that it will be more difficult to clean.

There you have it, a list of things you should never use vinegar to clean. It is a powerful cleaner, but there are many items and surfaces that should not be cleaned with an acidic substance, so vinegar should be out of the question for cleaning the above items. Now you can safely clean your home without being worried that you might mess something up.

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