I'm a cleaning pro – when to use vinegar & when to avoid it as it will do harm | The Sun

A CLEANING pro has revealed why a widely-used cleaning agent should be handled appropriately.

According to a cleaning expert at Zapata's Cleaning Services, there are some blunders you might be making when it comes to vinegar and particular cases that the cleaning solution is perfect for.


In a social media video, a woman from a family-owned business detailed the dos and don'ts of using vinegar in your cleaning routine.

"Vinegar is a natural and inexpensive cleaner. It could be used on a lot of different surfaces," she began in a viral TikTok video that was shared with the company's 120.1k followers. "But there are dos and don'ts when it comes to using vinegar."

THE DON'TS

You should not mix bleach and vinegar, according to the expert. As vinegar is an acid, it releases toxic chlorine vapors when mixed with bleach.

Hydrogen peroxide, a highly reactive chemical, should not be mixed with vinegar either. Combining them creates a peracetic acid, which is potentially toxic and can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.

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Mixing baking soda and vinegar is also not optimal.

Though it won't create a toxic gas, it will be a waste of a product.

"All you will create is basically salt, so you're wasting two products that work perfectly well independent of each other," the expert explained.

She also stated that vinegar should not be used to clean stone surfaces, be it the shower, countertop, or floors.

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She said: "Even if you dilute the vinegar with water, it will still cause damage to limestone, marble, slate, and other stone surfaces."

THE DOS

Vinegar can be used to remove rust and corrosion from your faucet, per the expert.

She also suggested that in place of fabric softener when doing laundry, you should use vinegar.

"It will soften and deodorize your clothes, [but] your clothes will not smell like vinegar," she shared.

Vinegar could revive your towels as well.

The expert explained: "If your towels start to feel stiff, toss them in the washer and add half of a cup of vinegar, but do not add detergent.

"The vinegar will remove detergent residue and minerals that are making the towels feel scratchy."

In addition, she advised combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water, and half a cup of lemon or lime juice in a microwave-safe bowl in order to clean a dirty microwave.

The video's comments section was met with praise and gratefulness for the tips, with some people sharing their own success stories.

"Thanks, I’ll stop wasting so much baking soda now!" one person wrote.

"As fabric softener, it works, and they do not smell of vinegar. I love it," added another.

"Great video! I absolutely love vinegar when cleaning," a fellow cleaning guru commented.

"Tons of info, quick, no fluff, awesome video," said a fourth viewer.

"Works wonders on laundry that has been left in the washer for days on accident. Comes out smelling fresh."

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"I work in a restaurant and could never get the food smell out of my clothes until I started using vinegar. It really does do wonders."

"Finally! Someone highlights the truth behind the sodium bicarbonate and vinegar reaction," a final person enthused.




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