5 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar
For eons, vinegar has proven to be a great product used in cleaning and providing health benefits to many people. You may have been taught by your mom or dad to use vinegar to clean many different things around the home. It certainly has its benefits; however, there are certain things in which vinegar should not be used. Today, we’ll discuss five mistakes people make when using vinegar.
#1. Not choosing the right kind of vinegar
Believe it or not, there are different types of vinegar used in different situations.
• Distilled white vinegar, or simply white vinegar, is used primarily for cleaning purposes. Mixed with baking soda, for instance, it can be used to get grease and other hard to remove stains off of pans, pots, and the like. It can also be used to clean a coffee maker and put in the laundry to maintain soft fabric.
• Apple cider vinegar is used especially with health-related issues. Made from fermented apple juice, it’s unique flavor can help with digestive issues and overall gut health. You can even mix it with olive oil to form a salad vinaigrette.
• Cleaning vinegar, unlike apple cider vinegar, isn’t safe for digestion due to its high acidity rate. As its name suggests, cleaning vinegar is used primarily for cleaning different types of surfaces.
It’s important to know exactly what you need vinegar for and what type of vinegar is needed to accomplish whatever task comes your way.
#2. Using it in the dishwasher
It’s becoming a common misconception that vinegar can be used as a substitute for rinse aid or dishwasher detergent. While sparing use can certainly help remove water stains and hard-water film from your dishes, it shouldn’t be used as a regular substitute. Overuse of vinegar water can damage your dishwasher over time – particularly the hoses and other equipment the water runs through to run a complete cycle. If you do use vinegar, be mindful of the acidic level. Consider buying vinegar that rises no higher in acidity than five percent.
#3. Using it in the washing machine
I know, I know. I’m becoming a downer; however, using vinegar in your washing machine can also damage the hoses and other mechanics inside the machine. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up paying more to fix any leaks or broken systems or hoses that could have been prevented if vinegar hadn’t been used so frequently.
#4. Using it to clean tech
This one can really cost you in the long run. The glass in your smartphone or tablet or television isn’t the same quality as ordinary glass. It is built specifically to be responsive to your finger sliding back and forth between pages or scrolling through social media. It’s also built to protect against sun glare. That’s why using vinegar to clean these devices is a bad idea. It can make your phone and tablet less responsive over time and hurt your television screen.
#5. Cleaning stone countertops
Buying stone countertops can set you back at least a dollar or two. It’s important to protect them by not using vinegar to clean them. The acid contained in vinegar will erode the surfaces over time and damage the sealant. This will end up costing you greatly, in the long run, to get it fixed.
All this isn’t to say vinegar should be avoided; it has a multitude of great benefits. That said, being informed on the different types of vinegar and on what they can be used will give you the most benefits without damaging important valuables.
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