Distilled vinegar is also known as white vinegar though actually it is completely clear in colour rather than white. It is a form of the more familiar brown malt vibegar you probably put on your chips.This bottle from Tesco cost me 39p for 568ml.
I bought this product in order to follow an apple chutney recipe I found online. I had a mound of apples from my garden to use up. I was curious about what else this product would be used for and did some research online. I discovered dozens of suggested uses for this vinegar around the home and I have used Tesco distilled vinegar in all kinds of ways since my purchase of it with great success.
First let me say that the bottle of this product is plastic rather than glass. Inside the bottle neck is a little hole for the vinegar to come out from. If you need a large quantity of it such as I did when I made my chutney this tiny hole is a annoying as it takes ages to get out what you need. However the fact that the bottle is plastic means that you can squeeze it rather than stand there shaking the vinegar out! The plastic packaging is recyclable.
My chutney came out well. I have since learnt that if a recipe calls for white vinegar it is because this rather than brown let's the colour of your ingredients shine through but you could use the brown malt if actually you don't mind about appearance.
Around the house I wipe it onto taps to shine them and clear streaks.You only need a drip so the smell doesn't last. I also used itto clear a smelly sink by first putting a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda down the plughole and then glugs of vinegar and leaving 15 minutes. It foams up. For this reason bicarb and this Tesco vinegar have aso been used as a stain lifter on not delicate fabrics. I really recommend this product for cleaning and for culinary use if you've the patience for the aperture.
~*~The Product ~ 'Love-matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.~*~
This strong almost eye watering odorous fluid looks like gin in the bottle! Although I have found this amazing liquid has countless uses, drinking it isn't one of them! The vinegar is described as being 'a versatile recipe ingredient, ideal for use in dressings, marinades, pickles, meringues and poached eggs'. But, as you will note from my review, I had other things in mind for this potent fluid. The 'distilled barley malt vinegar' runs only slightly thicker than water and as transparent. It comes in a recyclable glass bottle with very simplistic labelling. The product must be stored 'in a cool, dry place and' the cap must be closed after each use.
~*~My Usage Experience ~ Thrilled with Distilled! ~*~
I always keep white vinegar in the store cupboard for its versatile uses. I am reviewing this particular brand, not because it is a favourite, but simple due to the fact I have recently purchased this particular one from Tesco. This solution affords an abundant amount of natural cleaning uses and sterilizes around the home, thus avoiding the usage of dubious chemicals. This product is both economical and environmentally friendly. I have gained many wonderful tips throughout the years, both from friends & family. Added to this, online ideas and programmes such as 'How Clean Is your house'? has been a great source of very practical material. Below, I have presented just a few of the uses I have found for this adaptable product.
My grand-children, being young, suffer the odd accident from time to time and wet the bed when they stay over. One of the tips I have gathered over the years is that it is actually very simple to clean a mattress that has been soiled with urine. I put approximately 6 ounces of the white distilled vinegar in a bowl and add the same amount in tepid water, mixing the two properties together. I then dip a sponge into this solution, moderately wring out so there is still some fluid residue to soak into the upper layers of the bedding. With this, I proceed to wipe the affected areas with circular strokes. I continue to dip the sponge in the fluid concoction, rinsing and re-applying until the stains have been removed and all detectable odours has been cleared, other than the strong acidic fluid I'm cleaning with!
I then lay towels over the cleaned patches and apply enough pressure to soak up the dampness. Once this is done, I sprinkle ordinary baking soda over the cleaned area and allow to dry. It's best performing this task with good ventilation as the vinegar is very potent, even diluted in water! After a good few hours, I test the area to see that it is dried, and vacuum the grains up thoroughly. To afford quicker drying period, I will use an oscillating fan. The results are amazing. I can smell the vinegar, but it is far less dominant at this point. The vinegar has completely cleaned the mattress without staining and removed all urine odours. The affected areas are left smelling completely deodorized.
I tend to use the same quantities of water and white vinegar when giving my fridge a clean out. The odours that are left in the fridge from such foods as fresh fish and pungent dips often leave the apparatus less then aromatically inviting! This is where I find the vinegar a real beneficial deodorizer. I empty the entire fridge of foods, take out all the removable units, place a bowl of the half/half solution by the fridge, and systematically clean each surface area in turn. I use a sponge as I can ensure good absorption of fluid to keep the fridge moisture free after cleansing. I am so delighted on how clean this simple acidic fluid removes even the most stubborn marks.
To abolish the blackened areas that occur through moisture around the hole for the auto-defrost component, takes a little more time and effort, but eventually even these ingrained stains are eliminated. Once I have completed the task, the walls, top and base of the fridge is left gleaming and because I have wiped and dried all the surfaces, it is left odour free, not even the potent vinegar odour is detected. I use exactly the same process to clean the fridge shelves. As for the grime that accumulates on the fridge door, top and inner seals, I simply use neat vinegar on a sponge, wiping the affected areas, repeating the process until all tarnished areas are clean. The black seals on the door are left so smooth and clean. The white veneer on the outer surfaces of the fridge is left sparkling. I throw away the sponges after use, to avoid contamination being spread from removing such bacteria ridden grime.
As they are only 16p for five, I do not feel too guilty. The vinegar and sponges only come to around 64p together, and go far further in usage than many brand name expensive sprays! I even keep a spray bottle that I purchased from the Pound store for spraying surfaces. I find this is a great method of dispersing the distilled vinegar over a wider surface area. It is a really neat (excuse the pun) way of using undiluted vinegar against the stench from spoiled groceries in receptacles, like the potato rack. A good wash with soap and water, then spray with the powerful vinegar, wipe down with a moist sponge or cloth furnishes a deep cleansed and bacteria free containers. No dreadful odours can resist such a robust effective agent.
When I have had family round to dinner, I use far more dishes and make much more mess than usual. Therefore, after I have washed, dried and packed away the dishes, I like to give the units an extra clean. I make sure the tops are all clear and with one of my Pound store absorbent clothes, I pour around a tablespoon of neat vinegar on the material. Then I clean the surfaces in sections, rinsing and re-applying as I go. My kitchen surfaces are black, but that doesn't stop me noticing how clean and gleaming they are left from this grease removing anti-bacterial agent. The vinegar removes all nasty odours too.
I find using this vinegar with other natural cleaning agent's works wonderfully on such areas as drains. As with mattresses, I like to incorporate the vinegar with baking soda. But this time, I find that mixing the two agents together works wonders at removing debris that blocks my kitchen drain from time to time. I generally mix up a 568ml bottle of vinegar with an equal amount of baking soda, pour down the drain and leave for half hour. It may seem rather expensive using so much, but it is far cheaper using this method than brand named drain un-blockers! All I need to do after an appropriate time has lapsed for the agents to do their job, is run hot water down the pipes. I can vouch for the most odour free clear drains. Of course, if there is an external reason for the blockage, professionals will need to be called upon!
When it comes to tea and coffee stains, pungent smelling plastic-ware, foul smelling grime rimmed vases and more, this vinegar is such an effective cleanser and deodorizer. For vases that have had flowers in, I always end up with foul smelling water and a thick grimy rim where the water has been. All I do is place the vase, and any other glassware that needs cleaning, in the sink, filled up with a half and half solution of the white vinegar and water. I tend to leave the solution working for as long as possible, but an hour is really plenty enough time. I then empty the fluid out of the glassware, get one of my cheap sponges, and with running tepid water, wash the outside and internal areas until all surfaces are clear.
I then dry the glass with a soft kitchen towel. I am so happy with the results of this natural method of cleaning such delicate articles. The glass is left grime and streak free, the glass literally sparkles from the acidic solutions cleansing properties. The tarnished marks left by beverages such as tea and coffee are no problem for the white vinegar either. I get a tiny dessert bowl, mix in equal amounts of baking soda and the vinegar and dip in a cheap sponge, using the scour side to wipe the marks away. The tainted smudges come away almost instantly as the combination provides a good creamy solution against the grime. I then wash the crockery as usual and they are left sparkling, a real shine as new look.
I find that plastic lunch boxes and food storage containers often retain the odours of the foods that were previously stored in them. I managed to hear of a great tip where I just soak a slice of ordinary white bread in the vinegar, leave overnight or as long as possible, remove bread, wash as usual. I am thrilled to say that no odours are left whatsoever. The plastic even comes up so clean and with a bright sheen. For ingrained marks on the plastic, I simply wipe the areas with undiluted white vinegar and wash through as usual. This product is so powerful at removing the most stubborn of marks.
I have a couple of older can openers which have discoloured wheels. I make sure I keep cheap toothbrushes, sponges, rags from old clothes/towels. Many items such as the toothbrushes, work out about 10p each when brought in Basic ranges. These types of tools work so well in combination with the distilled vinegar. As an example, I pour neat vinegar in a cup, dip an unused cheap toothbrush in the liquid and brush the tarnished wheel of the can openers. The acidic solution combined with the firm bristles act as a scour against the discolouration. The can opener comes up gleaming and stain free. This same technique I often use on other difficult to reach components on cooking utensils and even cutlery.
I often like to recycle pretty jars for craft vessels. I have managed to recycle ornate coffee, spice, pasta sauce and other jars that have made decorative storage holders for items such as felt shapes, coloured pompoms and wire craft stems. The grand-tots love being able to see the items they need in the clear jars, so easy to locate without having to rummage through clouded containers. The problem I have found in the past is that these pre-used jars have the stickiest firmly attached labels. Well, I did some research a while back and found the most effective effortless way of removing these company stamps. Last thing in the evening, before retiring to bed, I gather any jars I have collected together and make sure they are all empty.
I place them in the washing-up-bowl, lie over little rags on top of the labels, drench the cloths with the vinegar and leave until the next morning. The next day, I remove the rags; rinse the jars to find the labels have been virtually all removed. A simple rubbing the surface with a sponge removes all sticky residues from the labels. The jars end up being so bright and sparkling clean that I leave them to dry on the windowsill, ready to be filled with more craft items for the grand-tots...I even sneak a couple for pasta, rice and dried beans in my store cupboard! :~)
*Household cleaning cloths*
Although I don't keep sponges for a lengthy time, I do like to retain good cleaning clothes. To clean such cloths I like to place them in a wash bowl in the bath, covering them with about two pints of water and half a cup of distilled vinegar. I change the amount according to how many cloths I need to clean. I allow these to soak overnight, and by the next day, after rinsing them out in warm water; they are as clean as if I had laundered them in a washing machine.
I find that the calcium & lime deposits on taps, discoloured grout and greasy soap deposits are no contest against the vinegar. In fact, I have found numerous uses for this little gem in the bathroom. I use the scour side of my small sponges with neat vinegar on my bathroom sink and bath. The combination removes grease and grime scum cloudy stains from the sink and a good rinse with hot water brings up the ceramic a radiant white. It works on coloured ceramic basins a treat too; my daughter can vouch for this! If the bathtub is particularly grimy, for instance, after the grand-tots have been playing in the muddy garden this time of year! I like to use a mixture of the vinegar and baking soda. The two act as a powerful scour.
I begin by pouring neat vinegar on a rag and wiping the entire surface of the bath then using the softer scour side of the sponge to dip into the baking powder and rub over the pre-moistened surfaces. I then rinse the entire bath with the shower spray set on jet speed. The bath comes up with a bright shimmering shine. The results are so impressive that the tub actually looks like I've used one of the most expensive name brand cleaning agents. The tiles tend to get particularly black and grimy this time of year. To clean the mildew and stained grout between the tiles I simply pour undiluted vinegar into an old cup, dip the cheap toothbrush that is kept solely for this purpose, into the cup and scrub the grout. Within a very short time, the stained grout is brought back to its original clean state.
The tiles can be done soon after just by using ½ pint of the vinegar and ¼ baking soda. I use a soft rag dipped in the blended solution as a gentler abrasive to remove marks and grime from the tile surfaces. The tiles always end up glowing, such a wonderful shine. I use exactly the same quantities of vinegar and baking soda to clean the shower nozzle. It often gets pretty gunky with soap residues. My grand-daughter uses the shower head as a coffee maker to fill up toy cups to serve her customer, a patient nanny sitting on the loo waiting for her to get out of the bath! :~) Once every couple of weeks I like to disconnect the shower nozzle and pop it into an empty bread bag, pour in the mixture of soda and vinegar, tie the end, leave in the bath tub bubbling away! After a while, I return to empty the nozzle into the tub, rinse and watch as the running water reveals a sparkling stain free shower head.
This is what is so great about this seemingly humble cleaning agent, practically no effort is needed when using! I even like to pop in a cup or two of the vinegar into the toilet bowl over the weekends, this acts as a very effective deodorizer. As long as I leave the toilet unflushed for an hour or so, it gives this powerful liquid time to work. Just before the grand-tots arrive, I give the loo a quick flush and it's now ready for its next customers! I just love the effect of this neutraliser; no untoward odours can resist the acidic fluid. I even use it as an air freshener in the bathroom. I tend to leave the spray canister with the two table spoons of white vinegar, ½ pint of water and 2 tsps. of baking powder blend in the bathroom. Whenever I visit the loo, I like to give the air a quick couple of squirts to freshen the air. It really works a treat. There is a faint smell of the vinegar but it acts mostly as a neutraliser, which is perfect for a bathroom!
I have linoleum flooring in the bathroom, and as it is a light speckled colour, it tends to look dirty frequently. As the bathroom is a regularly visited room, the floor collects marks and dirt regularly. I only need to pour in roughly one mug of vinegar per gallon of water to soak the mop in and wash the flooring. The vinegar cuts through the grime like knife through butter. The flooring always comes up fresh and squeaky clean. This is so important to me, my grand-tots play with their toys in the bath, some fall out in their enthusiastic play. To know the floor is bacteria free and clean puts my mind at rest. I do like to buy anti-bacterial wipes that I leave in the bathroom. I often use these for when the tots use the bathroom. A quick wipe with the flushable cloths cleanses the area, including door handles for their next visit.
But to save on expense, during the rest of the week, the vinegar does an effective job at killing bacteria in the bathroom. I like to give the bathroom a thorough clean once a week. But daily, a quick squirt of the spray canister with the neat vinegar makes for a quick cleaning agent. I like to use kitchen towels to wipe the toilet seat, cistern and all other surfaces with the vinegar. This keeps the bathroom odour & germ free. The bathroom looks like it's had a spring clean where in fact I had taken no longer than a few moments each morning to clean the surfaces.
~*~Would I recommend? ~ 'So I went down the local supermarket, I said "I want to make a complaint, this vinegar's got lumps in it"; he said "Those are pickled onions"~*~
Yes, I most certainly do recommend this product. This powerful acidic gem has so many uses that, In fact, one could write a book on this product. I hardly ever use it as a cookery ingredient, preferring other marinade agents. I purchase this solely for its cleaning capabilities. It serves three main purposes for me, a most impressive cleaning agent, an anti-bacterial cleanser and a deodorizer. I use this both inside the home and in the garden. At 48p for 568ml, this sparkling liquid will remain a firm favourite of mine.
My latest purchase of the white distilled vinegar was from Tesco, but this product is available in most high street grocery stores as well as online.
Thank you for taking the time to read my acerbic review! :~) xXx
I buy malt vinegar for my chips, but this I buy as well. In fact, I buy a lot more of this than of the malt vinegar. Why? Well because I use it for my cleaning, in a few bits of cooking, and because I make my own pickles and chutneys too.
It costs just 36p for a 568ml bottle, and I think that's pretty good value, and it helps me to save myself money and be more environmentally friendly too. As an everyday household cleaner, I normally just use soapnut liquid, but I like to keep things like bicarb, white vinegar, borax and soda crystals in the house to help me deal with the cleaning too. I have a spray bottle which I put white vinegar in neat which means I can spray it on where I need it. For my sink for example - which is a white plastic one rather than a metal one, it gets quite stained sometimes, so I sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda (bicarb) and then spray it with white vinegar. Leave it for a while to let the fizzing action take place and then give it a good scrub. The combination of the two ingredients brings it up really well, and no chemicals are used.
Another use in cleaning is if you burn something on to a pan. Pour in a couple of good tablespoons of salt or white sugar, and a few sprays of white vinegar and then use the mixture to scrub out the stains - the mixture works far better with vinegar than it does with just water somehow, and lifts the burnt bits off nicely so you can then re-wash the pan in the normal way.
For pickling this vinegar is great, at around this time of year(April/May), I buy several bottles of this and then to them I add my spices. Come the autumn when it's time to preserve things, my pickling vinegar solution is ready to use!
In the summer it's also quite nice in a vinegarette dressing too - 20ml of white vinegar, 100ml of good olive oil, 1 teaspoon of sugar, ¼ of a teaspoon of mustard powder, a sprinkle of black pepper, a pinch of garlic powder, and a really good shake. It will keep in the fridge for a good couple of weeks easily, but you'll need to give it a good shake before you use it every time.
I'm not really a hippy teehee (well maybe I am a bit), mostly though it's just that I like to be greener, and I like to save myself money, and by doing things like this, I can do both. I'd really recomend this to anyone who wants to have a go at cleaning in a greener cheaper way, and would be happy to share some more cleaning recipes with you if anyone would like them.
While you are pouring your vinegar on your chips just give a thought to the many uses white vinegar has. It costs just 36p for a 568ml bottle. And apart from cooking it has many uses.
I personally like to use Tesco own brand of white vinegar rather than a more expensive brand and if you go to your local cheap store (Poundworld etc) you can pick up an inexpensive spray bottle to mix the solution in. I half fill this with white vinegar and top up with water. This makes an excellent cleaning product. I use it for windows and glass, just spray on and wipe with kitchen roll or even newspaper) and the glass is perfectly clean, no smears or streaks and they sparkle beautifully. This also works well with glass cupboard doors and mirrors.
Another excellent use is as a descaler for your taps and shower head, apply the vinegar neat and leave a couple of hours and rinse, the limescale will come of the taps leaving them lovely and shiny, if your taps are really bad then you can soak some tissue in the vinegar and mould it to the tap ends, this can be left overnight, again rinse off the vinegar and the limescale will be gone, leaving the taps shiny and clean.
I also use the vinegar solution for my stainless steel draining board and kettle; I find it removes the water marks just as well as an expensive chemical de-scaler and leaves my chrome kettle as shiny as a mirror!!!!!!
Another use I recently discovered is as a de-icer, just spray your car windscreen if frost is forecast. The glass stays frost free and you do not need to stand scraping your car first thing in the morning.
Vinegar can also be used as a stain remover on clothes and also when used neat it removes the nasty white marks some deodorants leave, a friend of mine actually uses it as a fabric softener but I cant comment on that as I have not tried it as yet.
It makes a very good dishwasher cleaner, just put a cup full in the machine(empty) run the programme and the dishwasher will sparkle, it gets rid of any greasy build up in the pipes, much cheaper than well known brand dishwasher cleaners.
It is natural, and cheaper than conventional cleaning products at only 36p for a bottle of Tesco own brand white vinegar. Does not use harsh chemicals found in some cleaning products making it gentle on your hands
After cleaning with it you are left with a slight smell of vinegar but this soon goes.
Since I use this alot of things as well as on food I thought I would do a review for it.
I first discovered white vinegar can be used for cleaning purposes too when I saw the programme How Clean Is Your House on BBC1 a few years ago and I went out to try the tips they presenters were using and talking about, I have never looked back on the tips with this product.
It is from Tesco lower range and cost only 36p, for a 568ml glass bottle, I buy it on a regular basis and I know it used to be around 49p when I first started buying it, I always keep it in my cupboard, in fact it is in my cleaning cupboard now not my food one.
It is in a transparent glass bottle with a screw top which is easily to unscrew and replace, I use it on chips etc but my main for using it is for my cleaning.
I put half a cup into a plastic bottle with a spray nozzle and I put half a cup of warm water into it too and then I just spray onto my shower screen inside and out and use a pan sponge and just use the spongy side to rub it in and I leave it for about a couple of minutes as I use it regular the marks are not that hard to take off but if they are stubborn marks I just leave it for about 5 minutes instead, then I just wipe the the water mixure with a piece of kitchen roll and rub it gently to dry it and it is sparkling clean. If I have not got any kitchen roll I use newspaper and it works the same.
I use it to keep my sinks and shower water hole clear and all I do is pour a little barcarbonate of soda into the hole and put a little bit of salt onto it and pour about half a cup of white vinegar over it and it kind of froths and over flows and then I pour boiling hot water over all of it and it clears the sinks etc, absolutley works a treat.
I also use the same bottle with a nozzle top and spray onto my mirrors and just wipe and buff with the kitchen roll, I use the with my picture frame glass fronts, I put a my shower head into a plastic bag and pour a vinegar into it to cover the head and tie it with an elastic band and leave for about 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly and it is sparkling and the holes are clear, but if you are using this method for the first time and your shower head holes are a little bit blocked, just poke a needle or pin into the holes and because they are loosened by the vinegar they are soft and can easily be unblocked and the results are amazing.
I use the product in a bowl with water and wipe over my sink taps but they must be rinsed immediately when doing it on taps. I put a little around the taps also to remove limescale and leave for couple of minutes and wipe with damp cloth.
Sometimes the bottom of my vases become a little bit dirty and I just pour a little dry cooking rice into the bottom and add half a cup of vinegar into it and shake for a minute or 2 and then just pour out and rinse and the vase is sparkling and clean and gleaming.
What I also do is I pour a little of the vinegar over my stainless steel sink and rub with a spong and rinse it off immediately it removes all those kind of water mark stains which cannot be removed.
The smell of vinegar soon goes away but for the results it gives it is well worth it in my opinion and it makes cleaning work less of a chore for a very cheap price. I also use other products for the smell of them but this product is best for removing the grime, especially if you are struggling to clean your home and just use the others for nice smells.
I rarely ever do not have any in the home but once I did and another supermarket price was 99p for their lower range so it is best to buy it for 36p as it does the exact same.
So vinegar has more than one use, it has lots.
Try it for yourself and use it regular and you will save lots of money and have a nice clean home.
I give this product a 5 star.
Comes in a 568 ml size clear glass vinegar bottle with a maroon coloured plastic screw cap.
It is quite plainly labeled ,and I think they could have given people a better idea of what it can be used for on the bottle.
With being Tesco's own brand this is reasonably priced at 45 pence.A lot cheaper than its better known branded cousin Sarsons white vinegar ,that is around 68 pence.
SO what to use it for?..........
Make a vinegarette with 1 part vinegar to 4 parts olive oil.
Tenderize cheaper ,tougher cuts of meat whilst slow cooking them.
Splash a dash in your pasta whilst boiling to reduce the sticky starchyness.
Clean the inside of your microwave.Mix half and half vinegar to water and boil in your microwave .It will loosen stuck on food and kill smells.
Clean the tops of your kitchen cupboards and other kitchen units with neat vinegar and a paper towel.Will cut through the grease and dust.
Polish brass,copper or use a dash on a paper towel after cleaning your mirrors or windows to stop smearing.
There are many many more uses for this amazing little store cupboard ingredient.But you would get bored reading.
I love this quirky little product that is inexpensive .Replaces hundreds of marketed chemical cleaners and products and is good on my pocket.
I am confident you will find a use for it in whatever environment you live in.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR US MUMS
It kills the smell of accidents when potty training makes the house smell like a urinal.And its safe on the carpets.