What Not To Clean With Vinegar

What Not To Clean With Vinegar

Vinegar is a useful and thrifty product to have in your home for the purposes of cleaning but there are some items and surfaces which should not be cleaned with vinegar –


The first thing the guy who fitted our quartz kitchen worktops said to me after I paid up the (stupidly large amount of) money was “don’t EVER use that to cleaner quartz” whilst pointing at a spray bottle of white vinegar sitting in our sink. The acids in the vinegar can permanently damage granite, marble, quartz and similar products. That would be a very expensive mistake to make, so avoid at all costs.

Don’t clear up egg with vinegar! If you’re a fan of poached eggs you’ll know vinegar causes the egg to coagulate and it will do exactly the same without boiling water and a hob too. Vinegar will make cleaning up a split or splattered egg much more difficult.

Best Waxed floors or furniture
The acidity will dull the shine and strip away the protective wax over time.

Much like waxed floor or furniture vinegar’s acidity will dull the shine of your car. Keep it well away. Metallic paints are particularly vulnerable.

Smart Phone/Tablets/Windows
Your smart phone is coated with a special coating which (in theory) stops fingerprints and smudges (this apparently doesn’t apply to my phone which is finger print city). Using vinegar will strip away this protective layer, potentially damaging the screen.

Be it stone flooring, garden ornaments, a surface or a stone pot the natural acids in vinegar will cause real damage to stone.

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Sealed grout should be fine with vinegar but unsealed grout won’t fair well with a dose of the vinegar treatment. Our tiler (you may remember this guy from this post) was very adamant that I shouldn’t use my “hippy cleaning stuff” until everything was signed off by him! He also made sure to mention very old grout or sealant which shows signs of peeling or flaking away shouldn’t be clean with vinegar either.

Are you a vinegar fan?
Have you checked out my related vinegar based posts (does the glamour of my life ever end?)