White vinegar is hailed as an eco-friendly cleaning product which can be picked up from stores for as little as 89p.

It can be used for a wide variety of jobs around the home and it is great if you have pets or children because it isn’t toxic like some cleaning products.

The experts at Daily Poppins said: “Although vinegar works well to remove limescale, it can also damage other surfaces because it is an acid.”

1. Waxed or unfinished wood

The use of full-strength cleaning vinegar on waxed or unfinished wood can cause discolouration, according to the experts.

If you plan to clean wood, make sure to dilute the vinegar or use a product designed to target wood.

2. Marble and granite

The experts explained: “You should not use vinegar to clean marble, granite, and other natural stones, such as slate, whether they are used for home finishes, such as countertops, floors, and shower walls, or household goods, such as tabletops or serving pieces. Pitting can occur in natural stone due to the acid in vinegar.”

3. Grout

White vinegar is often recommended when it comes to cleaning grout but according to the pros, it should “never” be used.

This is because it can wear away the grout over time, causing it to deteriorate.

Cleaning sealed grout with vinegar can be done, but it is advised to use non-acidic cleaners instead to avoid damaging it.

4. Stainless steel

The pros continued: “Instead of vinegar, use a non-acidic cleaner when cleaning stainless steel knives, cookware, and household appliances. 

“It is not unusual for stainless steel to develop pitting after prolonged exposure, especially to vinegar’s acids.” Make sure to use cleaning products which are safe for stainless steel otherwise, it could ruin them for good.

5. Electronics

Any screens, mobile phones or computer monitors should never be cleaned with white vinegar or cleaning agents containing it.

This is because it will damage any anti-glare coatings so make sure to use something suitable.

6. Clothes iron

The experts said: “In addition to clothes irons, other household items may or may not be safe to clean with vinegar, depending on their fabrication. 

“Make sure the metal components of your iron won’t be irreparably damaged before using vinegar to descale it.

“It’s some select surfaces and materials that absolutely shouldn’t be cleaned with vinegar. We’re not just talking about vinegar being ineffective in these instances, but it can be harmful.”