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Things You Should Never Clean with Vinegar

At McCaleb Homes, we build with only the finest materials. Just look at our galleries to see what we mean! Even though having nice things in your home does not mean that those things are difficult to maintain, there are some cleaning supplies you should be careful when using. For example, vinegar has long been hailed as a cleaning powerhouse, and it is. But that does not mean that vinegar is a one size fits all cleaning solution. Here are a few things you should avoid when cleaning with vinegar.


Marble is a luxurious stone, but it is susceptible to etching. One thing that is highly acidic? Vinegar. Avoid etching and dulling your beautiful marble by skipping the vinegar when cleaning. Instead you should stick to good ol’ mild soap and water.


Granite is extremely popular and quite durable, but like marble, granite does not react well to acidity. Even acidic foods left to linger on your granite countertops can leave behind a mark. To keep your counters shining and pit free, it is best to avoid using vinegar solutions on them.


Vinegar can easily corrode your beautiful knife set. In addition, it can speed up the dulling process. Instead of wiping down your blades with vinegar, go for warm water and gentle soap.


It happens to the best of us. You are cooking breakfast, an egg slips from your hand and now you have a mess to clean up. But think twice before your reach for that vinegar. Vinegar will thicken and harden eggy matter when it comes into contact with it, making it harder to clean.

Wood Furniture

Along with the plethora of water-based solutions on the market, you should also skip the vinegar when going to clean your wood furniture. The vinegar will act quickly to remove any lovely finishes you have, as well as leave behind ugly streaks.

Electronic Screens

Surely you have noticed a recurring theme: vinegar is a stripping agent. It will come as no surprise then when we tell you not to use vinegar on your tv or computer screens. These screens all have protective layers on them that you do not want wiped away. To clean these surfaces, instead use a microfiber cloth and a bit of alcohol to remove dust and germs.

Overall, vinegar is an excellent household item that can be used to clean a multitude of surfaces. Avoid using it on the items we mentioned, and your home will remain fresh and in good condition for years to come. For more helpful guides and useful tips, do not forget to check out some of McCaleb Homes other blogs!

By McCaleb Homes 6-11-2020

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