White vinegar is a popular alternative to chemical cleaning products for various cleaning hacks around the home. It’s often combined with salt or water to achieve the desired result.
FAQs about white vinegar
Is white vinegar the same as white wine vinegar?
If you’re new to cleaning with white vinegar you might be tempted to buy a cheap bottle of white wine vinegar in the supermarket. However, white vinegar for cleaning and white wine vinegar are actually different things.
White vinegar is made from acetic acid which has been diluted in distilled water, whereas white wine vinegar is (unsurprisingly) made from white wine. White vinegar for cleaning is also known as distilled vinegar, so look for the word ‘distilled’ if you want to be sure you’re buying the right kind of vinegar.
How much does white vinegar for cleaning cost?
A small (500-600 ml) bottle of white vinegar can cost less than a pound in the supermarket. However, if you’re going to make vinegar part of your cleaning routine it will work out cheaper to buy vinegar in bulk. If you buy vinegar in large quantities it can cost around £0.60 per litre, as opposed to about £2 per litre if bought in smaller quantities.
Where to buy white vinegar for cleaning in the UK
Some of the best places to buy white vinegar for cleaning in the UK include Amazon for bulk purchases and Wilko for smaller purchases. Below are 3 recommended products you can order online. Of course there are lots of other options out there, and white vinegar is available in various brands and quantities.
Golden Swan White Vinegar 5 Litre
Golden Swan White Vinegar is available to buy on Amazon in packs of four. It has a shelf-life of 24 months if left unopened. When opened the shelf-life decreases significantly, to six months. This vinegar is produced in the UK and can be used as fabric softener when doing laundry without causing damage.
It is safe to have in a household with pets and children as well as commercial premises and is completely natural with no harsh chemicals added to the product.
Chef’s Kitchen White Vinegar for Cleaning
This product is available in a 5-litre bottle on Amazon. It’s blended with lemon to create a nice aroma when cleaning.
This vinegar is safe to use and is made of natural products with no harsh chemicals or toxic fumes. With a fresh lemon scent, this vinegar can clean the household and leave it smelling nice without the odour of strong vinegar.
Some of the things you can use this vinegar for include cleaning glass, removing limescale, using as a fabric softener in the washing machine and killing weeds.
Wilko Original White Vinegar Spray 750ml
This 750 ml spray bottle is a bit easier to use than the large bottles reviewed above. It’s especially useful for cleaning glass and other surfaces.
The bottle can leak sometimes, but overall this white vinegar spray is an effective and cheap way to start cleaning with white vinegar.
What can you use white vinegar for?
White vinegar has an almost endless list of possible uses. Here are just a few cleaning tasks you can do with white vinegar.
Removing light stains
Carpet stains are inevitable from time to time. Half a cup of vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of salt, rubbed into the carpet, left to dry and then vacuumed will eliminate the light stains from a carpet.
Removing tough stains
Tough carpet stains can be tackled by mixing a paste with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of corn starch and rubbing it into the stain. This solution is left two days to set in and then vacuumed.
If you keep flowers in a vase the vase is often left with sediment stains. White vinegar can clear these stains. Simply wipe the vase with the vinegar, leave for a few minutes and then wash the vase with warm soapy water. You now have a wonderfully clean vase ready for your flowers.
The same works for bottles and jars. Fill them with vinegar about halfway, shake and leave for a few minutes and then wash them as you would do normally.
Cleaning a clogged showerhead
To clean stubborn showerheads, dismantle the showerhead and soak the pieces in a bowl of white vinegar for up to three hours. Clean off any sediment with a stiff brush and rinse thoroughly.
Removing tea and coffee stains
Most of us enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in our favourite cup but after a while, these drinks leave stains on the cups or pots. With white vinegar, this is easily solved. Soak the cups and pots in hot vinegar and wash with warm soapy water. Usually this is enough, but for especially stubborn stains add a teaspoon of salt to the hot vinegar and rub it into the stains.
Check out this page from Sarson’s for some more tips on cleaning with vinegar.