Things You Shouldn't Clean With Vinegar

March 1, 2018

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While vinegar is a great cleaning solution around the house, it isn't the best on certain items.  While it is a safe alternative to chemical cleaners it is still an acid which can damage certain finishes in your home. For instance, if you have granite or marble countertops or natural stone floor tiles, the acid in vinegar can leave marks you'll never be able to erase. While a cast iron skillet seems indestructible, cleaning it with vinegar will remove that lining of oil that has "seasoned" it and begin to react with the iron and cause it to rust! Anything made of aluminum should be protected from vinegar, as like with iron, the acid of vinegar will cause the aluminum to oxidize which will crease ugly spots. Those beautiful hardwood floors can take a beating and while many would argue diluted vinegar clean them perfectly, most manufacturers recommend you not use vinegar to clean them.  The acid can eat away at the finish and dull it over time. The same for waxed or unfinished wooden furniture. While your phone and tablet can become dirty quickly, using vinegar to clean them will damage the fingerprint-resistant coating.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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