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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.  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.

where to buy white vinegar in bulk uk

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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How to Make Herb Infused Vinegar for Cleaning

Today let me show you how to make herb-infused vinegar for cleaning.

infused vinegar for cleaning

White vinegar is a pretty amazing household cleaner.  It’s incredibly cheap.  It cuts through dirt, grease, odours, and soap scum like nothing else.  Vinegar can be used in a myriad of different ways; and is kinder to the environment than many cleaning products you can buy.  It’s a bit of a miracle cleaning product really when you think about it.

Conventional cleaning products have also been found to be as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.  Therefore swapping to infused vinegar for cleaning makes good health sense too.  

However, there is one downside to vinegar, and it’s quite a biggie.  Vinegar smells of, well, vinegar.  Which isn’t entirely ideal sometimes, and isn’t to everyone’s taste.  Particularly if you are using it in a small space.  

I quite often use a vinegar spray to clean my kitchen, but I don’t want it smell like I’ve been eating fish and chips. 

How To Make Herb Infused Vinegar for Cleaning

In this instance, I turn to essential oils to fragrance my vinegar.  Or, when I’m feeling super thrifty, I turn to kitchen scraps and herbs picked straight from my garden to make infused vinegar for cleaning.  You see, infusing the vinegar with citrus peelings and my favourite botanicals creates a fresh scent that’s light on the pocket.  

You Will Need

  • 500 ml white vinegar.  Never malt, white wine vinegar, rice vinegar or any other variety: just white.  Here’s where I buy my vinegar for cleaning in bulk, cheaply.
  • A large glass jar with a lid.
  • Orange, lemon, or lime peel (you can freeze fruit peelings as you go, to reduce food waste.  When you have enough to make the infused vinegar, there’s no need to defrost the peelings, simply use them frozen. 
  • A spray nozzle (re-use one from an old cleaning products bottle)
  • A handful of fresh herbs


1. Take a 500 ml bottle of white vinegar and pour it into a clean glass jar.  Keep the glass bottle the vinegar came in – you’ll need it later.  If you’re using vinegar from a bulk jug then you’ll need a spare jar.  

2. Add a good handful of citrus peel to the jar (at least two orange’s worth of peel per 500 ml bottle of vinegar) and/or a large handful of fresh herbs, and pop the lid on.

3. Leave the jar in a dark spot to infuse for at least 14 day.  If you leave it longer the orange scent will be stronger.

4. After 14 days (or longer), sieve the vinegar, and pop the peels/herbs into your compost bin.  Decant half of the vinegar back into the jar for use later, and decant the other half of the vinegar into the original glass vinegar bottle.  Or into your spare jar if you used vinegar from a bulk jug. 

5. Top up the vinegar in the bottle with cooled boiled water – so the vinegar and water is a 50/50 solution, and add a spray nozzle.

To Use

Use as you would any other cleaning product.  However do not use on granite, marble or natural stone, as it will damage these surfaces.

How to Store Your Herb Infused Vinegar

Your diluted cleaner should keep for around 8 weeks.  Undiluted it will keep indefinitely.