Vinegar is a favorite tool that we use in many ways in cooking. However, it is also great for cleaning almost anything in the home. But here's the rub - almost everything doesn't mean everything You can clean a lot of surfaces with vinegar. These include bathroom and kitchen tiles, sinks, toilets, floors as long as they are not made of wood, unclogging clogged drains, cleaning coffee machines, microwaves or stoves.
But there are also surfaces you should never clean with vinegar. Who are they and why?
Electronics are sensitive and can be easily damaged.You should not risk cleaning electronics with vinegar because it may not work afterwards. The devices should only be cleaned with alcohol or solutions specially developed for the purpose. Don't be fooled into thinking that just because vinegar is suitable for cleaning glass and windows, it is also suitable for the screens of various electronic devices. It contains acids that have corrosive properties and can seriously damage your equipment.
Wooden countertops and flooring
Vinegar is not suitable for cleaning natural wood flooring and floors. It can be applied to imitation wood, but not to real wood. Acetic acid can damage wood, leave stains, cause corrosion that leads to holes and splits in the wood.
Natural stone countertops and flooring
Think that your stone countertops or floor will not be damaged by using vinegar or any harsh chemical? You are wrong.Granite, marble or limestone countertops can be seriously damaged by vinegar because it has dissolving properties that damage the surface of your stone surfaces.
Cast iron cookware
Cast iron is heavy and looks like a metal that is indestructible. However, vinegar can damage it. It causes rusting and the formation of small cracks and pits in this metal, easily leading to further corrosion.
Stainless steel cutlery and knives
Vinegar can cause damage to knife blades and cause them to chip easily. The last thing you want is for your knives to be jagged and not cutting well. If you regularly clean them with vinegar, this is exactly what can happen to them.
Vinegar can corrode rubber seals. Do not use it to clean them. Hoses and rubber components in coffee makers, dishwashers, washing machines and other types of machines can break and crack if treated with vinegar.The same goes for seals in the kitchen or bathroom. Avoid applying it to such surfaces or appliances.