Hi there my lovelies! Hope you are doing well and staying safe. We all love working on DYI projects, who wouldn’t? It rewarding the journey itself is so meditating and satisfying. Similarly, in this world of harsh chemical and pollutants we strive hard to use natural ingredients and reduce the carbon footprint. One such ingredient is vinegar. It’s not only good in food and a great natural cleaning product. I know I love using it for cleaning. However, did you know that there are several places we should not be using vinegar? Today, I will share with your 7 such areas.
- Marble & Granite countertops: Using vinegar to clean your granite or marble countertops can ruin their smooth, shiny surface. The acidity in vinegar may scratch the granite top and leave a dull or discolored spot behind.
- Waxed Furniture: Using vinegar to clean your waxed furniture will dissolve the wax and leave the surface looking dull and discolored. Hence, use a wax cleaning solvent instead to maintain the surface of your furniture.
- Stone Floor Tiles: If you have natural stone tiles anywhere in your house, avoid cleaning them with vinegar, lemon, or ammonia. The acidic nature of the products etches and dulls the stone, and it may lead to a very expensive repolishing process.
- Egg Spills: Cleaning egg messes with vinegar solution will cause the protein enzymes in the egg to coagulate or clot and will make the stains even more impossible to clean up. So, if you drop egg, it is better to use just soap and warm water instead.
- Mixing with bleach: Vinegar is a great tool in washing cloth, to give it a fresh look and get rid of the musty smell from your clothes. However, BEWARE. Don’t add bleach to that mixture. Mixing vinegar and bleach creates a toxic gas which not only bad for you, it’s even worse for your clothes. Check out the list of chemicals that should never be mixed from the Family Handyman website.
- Hardwood Floors: According to Family Handyman, cleaning hardwood floors vinegar varies depending on the finish of your floors. Using vinegar on some hardwood floors will damage the finish. While it’s best to use a cleaner specifically designed for cleaning finished hardwood floors, if you heavily dilute the vinegar with water or other cleaning ingredients, your floors should be fine. However, if you don’t want to take that risk, a safer, DIY solution is a mixture of liquid detergent and water. That’s what I use.
- Pearls: Pearls looks beautiful and elegant and it’s made of marble, limestone, and calcium carbonate. Hence, if pearl is exposed to vinegar, the calcium carbonate in the pearl will react with the acidity in the vinegar, causing it to dissolve. In order to avoid damaging your pearls, Family Handyman recommends cleaning them with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of lukewarm water and mild dish soap.
How many of us made the mistake of cleaning the above surface with vinegar. I know I did it once, but fortunately, the surfaced was ruined in that first clean.
My dear lovelies! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed share it with you. I want to thank Family Handyman for the beautiful tips. I am not someone who would take credit for someone else’s work. As a scientist, my academic and ethical integrity is very important to me. What techniques have for you for daily cleaning? I would love to hear your feedback.
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