Don’t use vinegar when you clean these items
Vinegar is extremely useful when it comes to cleaning loads of things. We’ve got a lot of tips that include vinegar, and it’s a true miracle product in many cases. Plus, it’s much cheaper than many other fancy cleaning products and yields the same (or better!) results. But with some things it can do more damage than good…
Keep vinegar away from these things!
We’re big fans of vinegar when it comes to doing laundry, for example, or cleaning windows and window frames. It’s even useful when you’re cleaning the toilet! It’s a true miracle product and very cheap as well. We much prefer it over certain expensive cleaning products that have all kinds of incomprehensible ingredients. But in some cases this wonder stuff can actually do damage, because of its acidic nature.
Never use vinegar for these things:
- Stone floor tiles: Natural stone doesn’t react well to vinegar, or other acidic cleaning products (like ammonia or lemon). For stone floor tiles you should stick to special stone cleaning products.
- Irons: Vinegar can seriously damage the inner parts of an iron. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning your iron.
- Egg stains or spills: Have you dropped an egg? Don’t clean it with vinegar! The acidity will cause the egg to coagulate, which means it’s even more difficult to remove.
- Marble and granite countertops: Because of the acid, vinegar can etch marble and granite. You should use a liquid dish soap (preferably a mild one) and warm water instead.
- Really stubborn stains: Stains that are truly stubborn, such as ink, blood or ice cream won’t come out when you just use vinegar. They simply don’t respond to the acid. Instead, you can use a prewash stain remover and a good detergent.
- Hardwood floors: This one’s a bit complicated. Some people say that vinegar solutions clean their hardwood floors beautifully, but others say it damages the finish. We wouldn’t take the risk, if we were you, and recommend cleaning your hardwood floors with a product specifically made for that purpose.
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Source: Good Housekeeping | Image as illustration