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Cleaning Tips: What Not To Clean With Vinegar

Vinegar is cheap, green and a powerful disinfectant. It can be used to clean a lot of things, from windows to clothes. However, since vinegar is acidic, it cannot be used to clean everything. Avoid using vinegar on the following:

• Countertops made from granite or marble. Vinegar contains acetic acid that can damage natural stone. Instead of vinegar, use dishwashing detergent and warm water.

• Stone floor tiles should not be cleaned with any acidic product to avoid damage. Stone tiles can be cleaned with a mild detergent or dish soap.

•For hardwood floors, property managers in Denver noted that some homeowners say that using a vinegar solution to clean hardwood floor is alright and some say that it ruined the finish. But if you really want to use vinegar, dilute it with water and test it out on a small area before you clean the rest of the floor.

•Some stains such as grass stains, ink and blood stains cannot be removed with vinegar alone. For these kinds of stains, you can mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 2/3 cup of water and pour the solution on the stain and blot it out with a clean cloth or you can use a prewash stain remover and afterwards wash the clothes as usual.

Source: goodhousekeeping.com