Uses for Heinz Distilled Vinegar

Updated March 23, 2017

You probably don't give much thought to that bottle of pungent white liquid in the cupboard, but Heinz Vinegar has many uses in the home. Although more expensive products have been developed to do some of the same jobs, white distilled vinegar often works just as well and, in many instances, more economically. Heinz Distilled Vinegar is natural and nontoxic, too.

Clothes Cleaning and Care

If your clothes smell, adding Heinz Vinegar to any machine cycle can kill germs on clothing and freshen linens. Add one cup of Heinz White Distilled Vinegar to the final rinse cycle to eliminate urine smells from your baby's clothing. Dunk bright coloured clothing in full-strength vinegar prior to washing to help colours stay true. Eliminate water stains and soap residue from the washing machine by adding a cup of white vinegar to it once a month and running an empty load. Skip buying expensive stain removers and just apply full-strength white vinegar to stains on cotton, polyester and permanent press clothing. Follow manufacturer care tag instructions to wash and dry.

Skin, Hair and Nails

Heinz Distilled Vinegar takes the sting and itch out of bug bites. Simply soak a cotton ball in white distilled vinegar and apply to the bite. If you've overexposed your skin to the sun, an ice-cold, refreshing spray of vinegar will do wonders to make your skin feel better, and may even prevent painful blisters and peeling. Vinegar makes an economical facial toner, too. Just add equal parts of white distilled vinegar and water, saturate a cotton ball, and dab over face and throat. Nail polish will last longer if fingernails are wiped with distilled white vinegar prior to applying polish. Hair will shine and shimmer when free of shampoo build-up; just mix vinegar and water in equal parts and rinse your hair. Stinky feet can take a hike if you wash your feet well with antiseptic soap, then soak them in undiluted vinegar for 10 minutes.


Wipe down the surface of your tub with Heinz White Vinegar and rinse with water to remove soap scum and residue. Shine chrome sink fixtures with ease by making a paste with 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar. Scrub and rinse well with water. If your shower curtains are filmy or have residue, place them in the washer with one cup of Heinz White vinegar during the rinse cycle. White distilled vinegar can help remove the ring in the toilet bowl. Pour in a cup of vinegar and let it stand for five minutes before flushing.

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