Never Use Vinegar To Clean These 5 Things


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Ah, vinegar. It can be used for so much: science project volcanos, added in recipes for a little tang, flavoring a classic potato chip, or even cleaning.

Vinegar has been used as a cleaning agent for what seems like forever, but believe it or not, vinegar should not be used for everything. In fact, certain things should be avoided like the plague.


Never EVER Mix Vinegar With Bleach

This is by far the most important one, so I had to put it first. Mixing vinegar and bleach will emit a toxic chlorine gas.

This can cause irritation to the eyes, lungs, throat and more. If this happens to you, seek medical attention immediately.

Never Use Vinegar On Your Phone Screen

Using vinegar on your phone or tablet screen could destroy the olephobic coating on those screens. What does this mean? Well, your phone screen won’t be oil-resistant anymore.

Use a microfiber cloth instead.

Don’t Clean Your Pearls With Vinegar

Pearls are made of calcium carbonate, and if they come into contact with vinegar, they could dissolve. That’s right, dissolved pearls. Nobody wants that.

Don’t Clean Granite Or Marble Countertops With Vinegar

This could dissolve, much like the pearls. Though it won’t be as severe, it would do something called “etching,” which makes it a little more discolored and rough.

Keep your counters perfect and use something else instead.

Never Use Vinegar to Clean Ceramic Or Stone Floors

Acidic cleaners like vinegar do not clean stone or ceramic well. If anything it’ll do more harm than good. Just stick with a floor cleaner for this one.


Don’t worry if you’re guilty of some of these vinegar sins. Just do better in the future and clean as best as you can.