Vinegar isn’t the be-all it pretends to be. Nor is lemon. Save time and money by putting a stop to these three cleaning habits that might be costing you. 

#1 Stop Using Vinegar on Wood and Stone 

From windows to laundry, vinegar is an eco-friendly cleaning powerhouse. But it’s also an acid that can damage stone and wood. When cleaning your granite or marble countertops, use mild soap and warm water instead. It’d be a shame to ruin your carefully-chosen kitchen materials. 

And only clean floors and furniture with made-for-wood cleaners. 

#2 Don’t Use Lemon in the Disposal 

While you may have heard running a lemon through your disposal will clean the blades, think twice before trusting that tip. It may indeed clean the appliance, but lemon’s citric acid can also corrode the metal, while the peel can damage grinders and clog pipes. 

Instead, turn on the water, run the disposal, and dump in a couple of trays of ice cubes. It’s loud but effective.

#3 Stop Using Hot Water in the Washer 

This is one time you shouldn’t listen to grandma. Today’s laundry detergents clean more efficiently than ever in cold water. 

Even though it might feel strange, winter’s much-used blankets will get just as clean on the cold setting — and you’ll save money on utilities, too. 

Caveat: When a family member is sick, or you’re washing dirty cloth diapers (or other nasty messes), then listen to grandma. Use hot water mixed with chlorine bleach to kill all that icky bacteria. 


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