We’re huge fans of having vinegar in our cleaning arsenal. It’s great at lifting stains, freshening laundry, cleaning windows and much more. Plus, it’s inexpensive and often on hand. But vinegar is also acidic, which means it can majorly damage some materials. Though many think of vinegar as a universal cleaning solution, there are a few things that it actually shouldn’t be used on. That’s why we’ve identified all the places you should — and shouldn’t — be using this around the house.
Never use Vinegar on your computer monitor or smartphone
Never mix vinegar with Bleach
Mixing vinegar and bleach creates a toxic gas which is really bad for you and even worse for your clothes.
Never clean your pearls with vinegar
Pearls are made up of marble, limestone and calcium carbonate. If exposed to vinegar, it will react with the acid in the vinegar causing it to dissolve.
Never use Vinegar on Mable or Granite Countertops
The acid in vinegar can etch natural stone.
Never use vinegar to clean your stone or ceramic floor
The acidity in vinegar etches and dulls the stone. It will require a very expensive re-polishing process to repair.
Never use vinegar on Egg Stains
The protein enzymes in the egg mixed with vinegar will cause it coagulate. It will make the stain even more impossible to clean up.
Never use vinegar on your Kitchen knives.
If you want to keep your knife like new, acids are to be avoided.
Vinegar can damage the internal parts of an iron.
Solid wood furniture / Waxed furniture
The acid in the vinegar could “eat” certain kinds of finishes.