If you detest the chemical cleaners and are in search of a green cleaning solution then the white vinegar should be your ideal choice. It is inexpensive, organic and can remove the stickiest of stains from your house without much of an effort. It is no wonder that white vinegar is often referred to as the “home care star cleaner”. But then, like all things on Earth, white vinegar to has its limitations. It is acidic in nature and that means it cannot be used to clean every surface. Now, you would be interested to know more about the cleaning limitations of vinegar. So, read on…
#1: Marble and Granite Countertops
Surfaces that use natural stones (such as granite, soapstone or marble) do not react kindly to acids. Use of vinegar can cause marks on the natural stones. If you use vinegar repeatedly to clean the countertops, of such nature, then it could lead to a loss of shine. This is why home care experts opine that marble and granite countertops should be cleaned with mild liquid detergent and lukewarm water. This will sufficiently remove the grime and grease deposited in these areas.
#2: Hardwood Floors
The opinion about this surface is still divided. While some homeowners applaud the cleaning capacity of vinegar when applied to their sealed hardwood floors, there are others who report the damages that vinegar can cause to hardwood floors. The acidic nature of vinegar can erode the sealant used in hardwood floors and give it a lacklustre look. This is why the best advice would be to refrain from the use of vinegar while cleaning the hardwood floors. Sealed hardwood surfaces can be ideally cleaned with soap and water or dry dusted. If you really care about the floor then choose specially formulated hardwood floor cleaners.
#3: Tiles for Stone Floor
Just like the granite and marble countertops, the stone floor tiles in your bathroom do not react well to the acidic cleaners. Vinegar with its acidic content can damage these floors in no time at all. Apart from vinegar, lemon is another cleaning agent that cannot be used on the bathroom floors. You need to use dish detergents and lukewarm water to clean this surface. Special stone soap cleaners are also available in the market, which is the best option for cleaning such surfaces.
#4: Dishwashers and Washing Machines
There are many homeowners who use vinegar to clean their electrical appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. Putting a bit of vinegar in a wash cycle would definitely make the metal parts within sparkle. But at the same time, the acidic cleaner would damage the rubber hoses and connectors that are essential for the smooth performance of these appliances. So, what should you use to clean these appliances? Surprisingly enough, liquid fabric softener is a good cleaner for such purposes. You can experiment without any worries with this cleaner.
#5: Knives in your Kitchen
If you are using vinegar to clean the blades of your expensive knives set, then it is time to stop. The acidic content of vinegar can cause black spots to appear all over the blade, after a few cleaning sessions. Though the knife would initially sparkle, soon it will lose its shine and sharpness. The best cleaning remedy, in this case, is to use mild soap and water. You can also apply oil on the surface of the blade to prevent rusting.
#6: Stubborn Stains on Fabric
If your clothes have picked up those stubborn stains (in the form of grass, ink, ice cream and blood spots), then you would be tempted to give them a vinegar cleaning treatment. But, you are erring in this respect. Once a stain sets into a fabric it will not react to the acidic cleaners. And if you try to wipe off the stain too hard, using vinegar, you might lose the fabric altogether. There are many pre-wash stain removers available in the market, apply one of them to witness the difference. You might also try a detergent with enzymes to clean such stains.
Apart from the listed surfaces, there is one more area where vinegar is not suitable for cleaning. Most homeowners are quick in using vinegar to remove the egg spill stains from their clothes or floor. It should be mentioned in this respect that the acidic nature of vinegar has an adverse effect. Vinegar application makes the egg stain coagulate, making the stain removal treatment really difficult.
Vinegar might be a champion home cleaning agent, but it has some constraints. We hope you will keep the above-mentioned tips in mind before using vinegar for home cleaning, the next time.