What NOT to Clean With Vinegar

Vinegar is a wonderful all-natural cleaner.  However there are some surfaces that should not be cleaned with vinegar.

  • Granite and marble - Vinegar contains acetic acid, which makes it a wonderful cleaner for many surfaces.  However the acid is too strong for natural stone surfaces like granite and marble and will actually etch the surface.  Dish detergent and water is a gentle but effective cleaner for granite and marble.

  • Egg stains - Egg stains should not be cleaned with vinegar.  The acid in vinegar will cause the egg to coagulate and make it more difficult to remove.

  • Hardwood floors - Again, the acid in vinegar is too harsh for natural wood surfaces.  Go with a cleaner that is specifically designed for hardwood.

  • Iron and aluminum - Vinegar works well as a cleaner for tough metals like stainless steel.  However, it shouldn't be used to clean softer metals like iron and aluminum.