Product to Check Out: White Distilled Vinegar

White Distilled Vinegar: a Favorite Ingredient to Keep Handy.

White Distilled Vinegar
I use White Distilled Vinegar alone and combined with other common household ingredients, such as Baking Soda, to create what I call Green Cleaners. They do just as good a job as the harsh chemical cleaners the supermarkets sell, and I don’t have to be concerned about dumping toxins down the drain.
Read more on DIY: Household Cleaners That Really Work Without The Toxic Chemicals.

But besides being great for cleaning, there are lots of great ways to use distilled vinegar in the kitchen too.


Here are Some Handy Vinegar Usage Tips for the Kitchen:

Vegetables: Those slightly wilted vegetables can be livened up again by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.

Rice: Your rice will come out white and fluffy if you add a tsp. of vinegar to the boiling water.

Cabbage: Adding vinegar to the cooking water of boiling cabbage helps prevent the smell from permeating the house.

Fish: Do you love cooking fish, but not the smell? Reduce fishy odors by rubbing the fish down with white distilled vinegar before scaling it.

Onion Odors: Speaking of odors, after chopping up onions, you can quickly remove the odor from your hands by rubbing them with distilled vinegar.

Eggs: When hard-boiling eggs, adding a tsp. of vinegar to the water produces a better-formed egg white.

Cheese: I haven’t personally tried this one, but I think it might be good for extremely dry, hard cheeses. Keep cheese moist and fresh by wrapping it in cloth that has been dampened with vinegar and sealed in an air-tight wrap or container.

Pickling: I prefer Distilled White Vinegar for pickling. Although Apple Cider Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar and Balsamic Vinegars are good for pickling, they may discolor lighter-colored pickles, or veggies, such as onions or cauliflowers.

Added Bonus:

Flowers: You know those little packets that come with flowers, to keep them looking great longer? You can give your own fresh cut flowers that same advantage. Simply add 2 TB of vinegar plus 3 tsp. of sugar to a quart of warm water (100 degrees) to keep them blooming longer.


Do You Have  a Favorite Use for Vinegar?


  1. Leslie Johansen Nack

    I use vinegar to clean my veggies all the time. And my grandmother used to use it to clean her windows. It’s an amazing product. Thanks for listing all the other ways to use it. I wonder if adding vinegar to the water when hard boiling eggs, makes them easier to peel. I’ll have to try it.

    • indy

      Thanks for the comment, Leslie – glad you found this helpful. I remember my mom adding vinegar to the boiling water used to dye our Easter eggs – supposedly it help ‘set’ the color. As for making the peeling of hard boiled eggs easier, I can’t say for sure. What works for me is to put the pan in the sink and run cold water into the pan until the water is cool. Then I wait a short time for the eggs to get a little cooler. But I peel them before they completely cool, and they easily peel. Works every time! :0)

  2. Ann Young

    Some great uses for white vinegar that I’d never heard! I already use it for cleaning, and for freshening laundry: I add 1 cup of vinegar per full load when machine-washing clothes and bedding. But I hadn’t heard most of the kitchen uses you mentioned. Very useful info!

    • indy

      Yes – I love using it for laundry! Glad you found some news ways to use it! Thanks for taking time to comment – appreciate it!

  3. Lois

    I use white vinegar for many uses plus to clean with but you have several ideas here I had never heard of before and will give them a try.

    • indy

      Cool! Thanks for the comment,Lois. So glad you found it helpful!

  4. Anna Erishkigal

    I use white vinegar in place of fabric softener. The acid softens the water so less laundry detergent gets caught up in the fabric.

    • indy

      Thanks for the tip, Anna! I’ve used vinegar to softened my bath towels, but hadn’t tried it for other laundry. Now i will! Thanks for taking time to comment here—it’s much appreciated.


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