Things you Should and Should Not clean with Vinegar

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There's no doubt about it; vinegar is one of the top natural cleaners of all time. It's great at cutting through grease and grime, it also disinfects and deodorizes, plus it's amazing at killing mould and bacteria. You can make cleaning supplies with it, and it's also very affordable too so you'll save a lot of money by switching over to vinegar as a cleaner. One of the best things about vinegar is that it's not toxic. It won't harm you, your family or your pets, so it's entirely safe to use anywhere unlike other cleaners. While vinegar is great for cleaning a lot of different things in your home, there are actually some things you shouldn't use vinegar on. Jillee from One Good Thing By Jillee shares a list of things your should not clean with vinegar since she gets a lot of questions from her readers on what's okay and what's not. While the acidic nature of vinegar is wonderful for cutting through grease, grime and even calcium deposits, it can be too acidic for some things.

One of the main things you shouldn't use vinegar on is granite, marble, and soapstone countertops. The acids in the vinegar will not be good for your stone counters, and it could actually end up dulling their natural shine after a while. Jillee recommends a Homemade Granite Cleaner that she teaches us how to make on her website that will come in handy for any stone countertops you may have. When it comes to kitchen utensils, you shouldn't use vinegar to clean your kitchen knives. It might seem like a good idea to use some vinegar to disinfect your knives especially after cutting up some fish or meat like chicken. But, again, the acids in vinegar are going to be way too harsh for the metals of your knives and could dull them. To disinfect your knives just wash them in some hot water and regular dish soap. Using vinegar to clean solid wood furniture is also a big no-no. Especially with pure vinegar since it will eat through the finish and ruin the wood. You can, however, use a homemade wood polishing oil made of half olive oil and half white vinegar which will be fine on your wood furniture.

You'll also want to be careful about using vinegar on hardwood floors too for the same reasons you don't want to use it on solid wood furniture. It's best to clean your hardwood floors with a little bit of mild dish soap and warm water or a natural hardwood floor cleaner. Same with stone floors or tile flooring with grout. It's better to use some dish soap in some warm water instead of vinegar. Even though you shouldn't use vinegar on these things, there are way more things that you can use vinegar on. You can clean out your dishwasher with vinegar, as well as your laundry washing machine. Just pour in some vinegar and let them run through on the hottest setting to kill bacteria and give the entire machine a good cleaning. Another great cleaning tip for vinegar is to use it to clean your fridge out. The vinegar will get rid of any bacteria and odours that linger. While vinegar isn't great for hardwood floors, it is fine for carpets. It's also good for cleaning bathroom tiles and your toilet. Or if you have a clogged drain use some vinegar and baking soda to clear the clog out. So as you can see, there are far more things vinegar is safe on than not, but it's always good to know these things, so you don't cause any damage.***

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