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3 Things You Should Never Clean With Vinegar

Skip using the wonder cleaner on these spots


It's a known fact that vinegar isn't just for cooking, it's also a mainstay in our tidying arsenal. Apart from being affordable and all-natural, it's fantastic for lifting stains, getting out watermarks, and dissolving stubborn residue.

However, it's also a caustic substance which means that it can cause etching on natural surfaces and discoloration in delicate fabrics. To help you avoid damaging your homeware, we've listed down three places where vinegar doesn't come in handy! 

Main photo from: Countertop Guides.

Stone Floors 

In general, acidic cleaners are not good for natural materials like stone and wood. To keep your floors in mint condition, it's better to stick to using special stone soaps that you can get in bulk via Ebay or a light solution of dishwashing liquid and warm water. 

Photo from Ashley Hightower.

Organic Stains  

When baking treats or making breakfast, it's inevitable that we accidentally drop an egg on occasion. Instead of reaching for the vinegar which can cause it to coagulate and set, try using ice-cold water. This will help harden the stain so you can scrape it right off with a small spatula. 

RL Tip: This trick also works with other stubborn substances like mud, grass, blood, and ink!

Photo from Better Housekeeper

Granite Countertops 

While some homeowners claim that vinegar keeps granite dirt-free, more people report that it scratches the surface and the acid etches the stone. To be safe, you can use a mixture of soapy water and Isopropyl alcohol which can disinfect your countertop just as well. 

Photo from Countertop Guides

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