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Where to Buy White Vinegar in Bulk For All Your Cleaning Needs

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Hello!  Let’s talk vinegar – specifically, where to buy white vinegar in bulk for all your cleaning needs.  You see, I go through a lot of white vinegar in our house. If I’m not cleaning with it, I’m pickling and preserving the bounty from our allotment.

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Given that scientists have warned that conventional cleaning products could be as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day, I’m really big on making my own natural cleaning products with simple yet effective ingredients.  

Vinegar is a key component in my natural cleaning arsenal, so I do buy a lot of it.  

Glass bottles of white vinegar can be picked up relatively cheaply from the supermarket or corner shop.  Here it’s around 80p for just shy of 500 ml.  And what I love is that the glass bottles are very useful.  Simply pop a spray nozzle on the bottle once you’re done and you’ve got an instant eco-friendly cleaning bottle.

The thing is, when you’re using vinegar in relatively higher quantities, the price soon adds up.  Shop assistants also give you funny looks when you start buying five bottles of vinegar in one transaction.  Voice of experience here.

Some supermarkets (cough, Sainsburys) have also started packaging their small bottles of vinegar in plastic bottles, instead of glass.  Buying vinegar in bulk helps save plastic, as less plastic goes into making a bulk bottle than the equivalent amount of small bottles.  Let alone having a smaller carbon footprint in terms of transport.  

To save money, plastic, and to save blushes, instead, I buy my white vinegar in bulk online and get it delivered to my door.

Where to Buy White Vinegar in Bulk

Looking to buy vinegar in bulk too?  I have found the cheapest place to purchase white vinegar in bulk,  Let me share my secrets with you.

eBay is by far the cheapest place I’ve found to buy vinegar in bulk sizes.  Early in the New Year, I picked up 20 litres of Golden Swan vinegar.  This cost me a mere £7.94 with free postage. That’s around 40p per litre.  Compared to the £1.60 a litre when buying the glass bottles, that’s a whopping saving of £1.20 per litre.

Do note that the price of vinegar tends to fluctuate on eBay.  At the time of writing the average price is around £15 with free postage.  This still works out cheaper than buying from the supermarket, as this works out at 75p a litre.  Do check here* to see the current going rate.  Alternatively, Amazon* is another place to check.

Worried about storing 20 litres of vinegar?  Worry not, the vinegar arrives in four 5 litre cartons.  These are a lot more manageable to handle and store than one 20 litre container.  To make life easier I decant the vinegar into a glass bottle (an empty gin bottle!) to make it even easier to pour.

What’s the Shelf Life?

Unopened bottles of bulk vinegar will last for around 2 years.  Once opened, the vinegar will last for around 6 months.   I’ve never had a problem using up vinegar within 6 months, as I have a ton of uses around the house for vinegar.  I’ve listed some of my favourite uses below – from cleaning to laundry, to even in the garden – to help you avoid waste.

What About British Made Vinegar?

I get the occasional email asking me why I’m not promoting British made vinegar.  Golden Swan vinegar is actually produced in the UK, and so it’s a great choice for supporting British-made produce.  

Can I Buy Vinegar Without the Plastic?

It is frustrating not being able to buy white vinegar in bulk without the plastic.  The thing is that it’s simply not practical to transport vinegar in large glass bottles.  Doing so would prohibitively push the price up of this cheap and eco-friendly staple.  And vinegar can’t be stored in metal, as vinegar is corrosive, so plastic it is.  

However, if you’re looking to cut down on your plastic waste, then the other option would be to visit your local zero-waste shop, if you have one nearby.  Here you’ll be able to fill up on vinegar, using your own container.  

What Can You Use White Vinegar For?

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White vinegar has a myriad of uses around the home and in the garden.  Here are some of my favourite white vinegar uses:

There are also more ideas for using white vinegar to clean your home in my new book, Fresh Clean Home.  This is packed full of green cleaning recipes for every corner of your home.  It’s out now, so do check it out.  Of course, it’s not all about vinegar – there are lots of other great ways to clean your home naturally without vinegar which I cover in the book too.

Have you found white vinegar cheaper anywhere else?  Do let me know – I love a good deal on vinegar!  Some people get excited by sales on clothes or TVs.  Not me, no, I get excited by sales on vinegar…!

Please note – don’t use vinegar on granite, stone, marble, quartz, or similar surfaces, as it can damage the stone.  This DIY cleaning spray is better suited for those type of surfaces.

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Introducing Fresh Clean Home!

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Today I wanted to share some really exciting news about my new book, Fresh Clean Home.

This year I have been busy beavering away behind the scenes, to produce a book!  It’s called Fresh Clean Home, and it’s packed full of over 35 natural cleaning recipes for every corner of your home.  The photography and styling are just stunning. And as well as looking lovely I hope it will be a really useful green cleaning book that you find yourself referring to time and time again.

Fresh Clean Home is being published by Pavilion in hardback format.  It will retail for £12.99 and is available to pre-order on Amazon right now.  It will also be available in other bookshops (online and in-store) on 1st February 2018, so you can purchase it from your preferred vendor.

Edit: Fresh Clean Home is now widely available! Find it online here:

Amazon* / Foyles / Hive / The Telegraph / Waterstones / Wordery*

Here’s a run down as to what it’s all about!

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What’s Fresh Clean Home All About?

Fresh Clean Home is all about me sharing my very favourite green cleaning recipes and methods. This will allow you to clean your home without the use of harsh or questionable chemicals.  I’ve even troubleshot why green cleaning recipes you might have tried in the past haven’t worked and suggested alternative methods that will work.

What Kind of Recipes Are In It?

in Fresh Clean Home, there are over 35 recipes for cleaning every area of your home.  From natural laundry detergent to kitchen and bathroom cleaners, to eco-friendly homemade oven cleaning gel, and from to how to deal with mould and mildew effectively.  I’ve also shared the holy grail of green cleaning – an actual clinging toilet bowl cleaner that works just like those bleach-based alternatives!

What Ingredients Does Fresh Clean Home Use?

There are no unusual or difficult to source ingredients in Fresh Clean Home.  The main ingredients I use are easily sourced. These include staples such as borax substitute, soda crystals, bicarbonate of soda, essential oils, and liquid Castile soap.  For cost-effectiveness, the ingredients can be used again and again in other recipes in the book.

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Does Everything Smell of Vinegar?

In short: no.  Whilst I think vinegar is a great natural cleaner I don’t think it’s the best solution in every circumstance. As such, there are a lot of non-vinegar based products in the book.  I’ve even included alternative recipes if vinegar just isn’t your thing.

Are the recipes time consuming to make?

No: I’m mindful that we all live busy lifestyles. Therefore, many products can be whipped up in just a few seconds.  There are a few recipes that take a bit longer to make but these are all clearly signposted!

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Fresh Clean Home has been a real labour of love and I can’t wait to share it with you! You can buy it from the following retailers:

Amazon* / Foyles / Hive / The Telegraph / Waterstones / Wordery*

Wendy.x

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