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Common household vinegar uses ingredients that is considered as one of those wonder products that people are always finding new uses for but not everyone understands how harmful vinegar is. Whether you want to drive away dandruff, eradicate mildew, or keep bugs at bay, vinegar has been suggested as a solution to just about every problem under the sun.
But while it has a number of uses, vinegar isn’t always the solution, and on occasion it can be downright dangerous. Here are some ways not to use this miracle chemical to work in your home.
Here are 8 harmful vinegar uses to write down
1. While vinegar is good at cleaning many things, you shouldn’t confuse it with soap. Alkaline cleaners like dish detergent are ideally suited for lifting grease, whereas vinegar will have little effect on it. If you have a greasy cleaning job, reach for regular soap and leave the vinegar on the shelf.
2. You should never use vinegar on waxed surfaces. The vinegar will only strip the wax off, dulling the gloss on your nicely shined car. However, vinegar is a great option if you’re looking to remove an old coat of wax before you put down a fresh layer of polish.
3. Do not use vinegar on marble countertops or other stoneware, as it can cause the stone to pit and corrode, according to the Marble Institute.
4. Your smartphone and laptop monitor probably have a thin layer of oleophobic coating that limit fingerprints and smudges. Acidic vinegar can strip this off, so you should never use it to clean sensitive screens.
5. Cast iron and aluminum are reactive surfaces. If you want to use vinegar to clean pots and pans, use it specifically on stainless steel and enameled cast iron cookware.
6. While both bleach and vinegar uses effective cleaning agents, when mixed together they make a powerful chemical weapon. Chlorine gas, the stuff used to clear the trenches in World War I, results when bleach is mixed with an acidic substance, so never mix them together.
7. While vinegar can be useful as an insecticide, you shouldn’t spray it directly on bug-infested plants as it can damage them. However, you can use vinegar’s plant-killing effect to your advantage by using it as a weed killer.
8. If you’re the victim of being egged, do not try to dissolve the remains of this prank away with vinegar. Vinegar will cause the proteins in the egg to coagulate, creating a gluey substance that is even more impossible to clean up.
Remember, vinegar uses ingredients that tarnish surfaces or kills weeds.
I also feel compelled to say that although vinegar is recommended as a great way to remove mildew and mold, like bleach it only kills surface mold. Most mold problems are deeper than what you see on the surface, and your best bet is to kill them at their source (which is usually leaks and rotting drywall). Vinegar uses powerful agents that works with some things but remember it is also harmful.