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Don’t Use Vinegar to Clean These 5 Items in Your Home

Yes, even this versatile substance can't be used on certain parts of the home

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We’re all for inexpensive DIY cleaning solutions, but the sad truth is that there are still some things that even the most well-known all-natural cleaners can conquer. As versatile a cleaning tool as vinegar may be, there are certain items inside the home that you should definitely not clean using it, because its acidity can actually just ruin them. Learn about what those items are.

Stone surfaces


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If your floors are made of natural stone or ceramic, or if you have granite or marble countertops in your kitchen, don’t clean them using vinegar. Experts say that the acid in vinegar can actually just cause your stone surfaces to etch, and will not help in cleaning them.

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Hardwood floors


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Floors made of hardwood are also better off cleaned using specialized cleaning solutions instead of vinegar, since this acidic condiment can damage the finish of the wood and leave you with dull floors.

Wooden furniture


Similarly, try not to use vinegar to clean your wood furniture. Instead of cleaning these pieces, vinegar will only leave water marks on them, as well as destroy the finish. Better stick to your good old furniture polish instead.

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Egg stains


If you ever accidentally drop an egg or make some spills while cooking, the best way to clean up the mess is by using a damp and soapy washcloth—not vinegar, which can cause the proteins in the egg to coagulate, forming a substance that will be much more difficult to get rid of.

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Certain kinds of stains


If you get stains like ink, blood, and ice cream on your clothes, don’t even think about using vinegar to eliminate them. These types of stains don’t respond to acid, so your vinegar won’t help. Better yet, use actual stain remover on these garments, then wash them using detergents with enzymes.

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