7 Things You Shouldn’t Use Vinegar On

Last updated on July 8th, 2021

Vinegar is definitely a star when it comes to cleaning anything in your home naturally without the use of harsh chemicals. But did you know that there are some places where using vinegar can cause more harm than good?

Read on to know more!

1. Wooden Floors

Wooden floors should always be cleaned with a weak soap and water solution or dusted dry. The acid present in the vinegar can erode the wood of its sealant and make it look dull and dingy.

2. Kitchen Counters

The acid present in vinegar can damage natural stones like granite or marble. It can cause small holes to develop on the surface and make the stone lose its shine. It’s best to stick to a weak detergent and water to wipe off the grease from your kitchen countertops.

3. Stone Flooring In The Bathroom

Natural stone in the bathroom can get damaged if cleaners like vinegar and lemon are used on it. A better idea is to use special cleaners designed for cleaning stones.

4. Egg Spills

If you happen to spill an egg on the floor, don’t try to clean it with vinegar, as vinegar will cause for it to coagulate, making it even more difficult to clean.

5. Iron

Some people advise on using vinegar to clean out the iron once in a while. But vinegar can damage the internal parts of the iron. The best way to clean an iron is to empty it after use and clean it as per the instruction manual.

6. Washing Machine

It’s a common advice to use vinegar in a wash cycle in washing machines. It may clean and add a sparkle to the metallic parts of the machine, but will damage the rubber parts of the machine. If you want to clean your washing machine, use a fabric softener in a wash cycle instead.

7. Knives

Most good quality knife-blades are made from carbon steel, and can get damaged when exposed to the acid from vinegar. The best way to clean them is to use soap and water. You can even oil them to prevent rust formation.