8 Things You Should Not Clean With Vinegar

Be cautious when using this cleaning marvel.

Updated on November 06, 2018 17:11 pm

Catherine Zhang

Things You Should Not Clean With Vinegar

Vinegar is an affordable kitchen staple. Aside from doing wonders to your favourite meals, it can also be part of your home cleaning arsenal. Many people claim that it can clean almost anything, but vinegar is not a potion that can cure all your household problems. There are times, however, that you need to put it aside and get a different cleaner because it is highly acidic and can cause major damage to some materials in your home.

Here are some things you should not clean with vinegar:

1. Granite, marble, and all natural stone countertops

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Your countertops might look sturdy but they are vulnerable, too. The acidity of vinegar can etch the stone that will leave marks you can never erase.

2. Iron

Some blogs claim that pouring vinegar into the iron’s reservoir will make it clean, but that’s not the case. Using vinegar to clean irons would actually damage the internal parts. Instead of using vinegar, follow the manufacturer’s manual to declog your iron.

3. Cast iron skillet

If irons react differently to vinegar, obviously, it will also react to cast iron pans. Not only will vinegar cut through the film, it will also corrode the cast iron. To keep it clean, wash it with gentle soap and water.

4. Aluminium

Similar to iron, vinegar reacts to aluminium. It can cause oxidation and will give your aluminium pieces ugly spots.

5. Hardwood floors

Most homeowners swear by a diluted vinegar cleaner for their hardwood floors. However, manufacturers suggest not to use vinegar as it can eat away the finish and make it look dull over time.

6. Waxed or unfinished wooden furniture

This might be a different wood surface, yet it is still susceptible to damage caused by vinegar. It is too strong for the wax finishes and can eat away the finish over time. As an alternative, you might want to use a cleaner that is formulated for wooden surfaces for your furniture.

7. Carbon steel knives

The acidity of vinegar can cause carbon steel to darken. So if you want to keep your knives’ lustre, skip using vinegar when cleaning them.

8. Anything that involves bleach

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Mixing vinegar and bleach is not a good idea—AT ALL. These chemicals react and create chlorine gas, which is poisonous and can be harmful when mixed with water. It can ruin clothes or other materials that they come in contact with, so be careful when using it.


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