1. It doesn’t do the job! Vinegar contains acetic acid whereas Philips’ descaler solution is citric and milk acid. While vinegar might be able to slightly break down some deposits, it does not clean your coffee machine or remove oils as effectively as the recommended Philips descaler.
2. The vinegar leaves a strong odor which cannot be easily washed out of the machine. It can connect to the coffee oil in your machine, making your coffee undrinkable. The human tongue can detect ten thousand different aromas, but some will always be tasted more strongly, vinegar is one of them.
3. It runs through very slowly. Our tests show it can take to 3.5x longer to descale with vinegar compared to approved Philips or Saeco descaler.