Natural Cleaning with Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

Since Greg and I moved into this new house we have taken on a more natural approach to things. We are going to try to use more “green”, eco-friendly, and natural methods of doing things in this new house. We will be using energy saving lightbulbs to cut our electricity bill down to size, burn wood in our wood-stove to save on our oil bill, and will be using more natural methods for cleaning. Neither Greg nor I were raised to use products that are “earth friendly”, but you’re never too old to learn and we want to do our part.

house cleaning tips

When I learned about new Heinz Cleaning Vinegar I wanted to know what it was all about. I know you can clean with vinegar but I didn’t know what this new Cleaning Vinegar had to offer and what was so different about it. As part of a Collective Bias “shop” I now had the chance to find out.

Once I found it at my local Walmart, I read the label and it said it is “safe for cooking, perfect for cleaning”. Sweet! Now I can use it for cooking and cleaning, all from the same bottle.

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar is available at Walmart but if you go to buy it, check your local store first to make sure you can get it where you live. It comes in a big gallon plastic jug, has a bright green label, and I found it in the vinegar aisle. I guess that is where you would expect vinegar to be but I really expected to find this cleaning vinegar in the cleaning supplies department. Now that I know it is good for cooking and cleaning I see why they had it there. Maybe they should put it in both places so it’s easier to spot. If you don’t find it then I suggest you ask for help.

heinz cleaning vinegar at walmart

The Gallon jug of Heinz Cleaning Vinegar was $2.98, such a bargain.

While in the Walmart store, I met Shana, a Walmart employee. When I told her I was trying out this new Heinz Cleaning Vinegar she jumped to life and told me that, “vinegar is magic that God gave us” and that we should go back to “old school methods of cleaning” and stop using chemical cleaners. She was a hoot and a half! She even gave me her tips for cleaning with vinegar. One tip I thought was especially interesting was how to use vinegar to kill weeds.

cleaning with vinegar tips

Here’s what Shana said:

When it is humid outside in the summer, add half water to white vinegar and put in a spray bottle. Then spray on your weeds. Next day they will be all withered up. She said to make sure you don’t do this if it is going to rain though.

What a great idea! Not only can Heinz vinegar clean it can kill weeds!

Another one was how she uses Heinz Vinegar to clean her clothes. She uses Purex and adds half water to the vinegar, a little detergent, and a little lemon juice to get the smell out and she swears her clothes come out cleaner.

Back at home I read the bottle more and learned that Heinz Cleaning Vinegar is still all natural vinegar but it is diluted with water to a cleaning strength of 6% acidity. Regular Heinz White Vinegar is only 5% acidity.

where to buy heinz cleaning vinegar

Okay, I know, I’ve got Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all on this one counter. What can I say, I’m a sucker for candles, pumpkins and ornaments and yes, all I went into the store for was the Heinz!

Since I want to use more natural methods of cleaning, I tried this new product on these funky light fixtures that are hanging down over the kitchen island. I swear they look like fly saucers. I’m not sure if I love them or hate them yet.

They are covered with a layer of oil because they are over the stove and do you think the old owners cleaned them for us? Of course not.

cleaning a kraftmaid kitchen

I tried the Heinz Cleaning Vinegar on the glass edge, let it sit for a few minutes, scrubbed it with the rough side of the sponge slightly, and then wiped it off. For the most part it took off the layer of grease but I think it will take a little bit more work to get it completely clean. You can see the layer of grease on the backside and the clear side coming through on the front.

The vinegar stung my fingers a bit. I assume it must be the acidity in it. I should wear gloves next time I use it.

cleaning with vinegar

With anything new you try, it takes time to learn and my new methods of cleaning are going to take some “retraining of the brain” but I think we are off to a good start with Heinz Cleaning Vinegar.

The things I like the most about this product are that it is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and is so natural you could even cook with it. That is one safe product to use in my house in my book.

Have you ever used Vinegar to clean before? What tips can you give me?

Here’s a few more vinegar cleaning tips I found on the website.

Make Your Floors Shine: Combine one-half cup Heinz Cleaning Vinegar and one gallon of water to clean tile or linoleum. For tough stains, apply undiluted Cleaning Vinegar directly on the stain.

Eliminate Bathroom Film: Remove bathtub and tile film buildup by wiping surfaces with Heinz Cleaning Vinegar.

Keep Coffee Tasting Great: Remove mineral deposits from your coffee pot by filling the reservoir with Heinz Cleaning Vinegar and running through a brew cycle. Rinse thoroughly with two brew cycles of water.

Cut Dust and Grease: Keep exhaust fan grills, ceiling fan blades and air-conditioning grills grease- and dust-free by wiping with Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

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About Greg and Wendy

Greg and Wendy have been Connecticut residents since 1983, originally landing here because we were transferred from Virginia (where Wendy grew up) with the Navy. We raised three children in Connecticut and now blog full-time from the Nutmeg state (check out all of our sites at


  1. Wendy…love the new house…that kitchen is awesome!!! I hope all your dreams come true there!!! This post was awe and then some!!! Love the story from Shana. How great to kill weeds organically…chemical free!!! Love it!!! Thanks for being so awesome!!!

    • Greg and Wendy says:

      You’re too funny. I’m glad you think I’m awesome though :-) This is house that blogging built, or what I am calling it. All because of blogging. We lived in a tiny house for 26 years and it’s been a long time coming. Most people downsize when their kids grow up, we upsized. We also stayed here in a central location so we can blog more about our state. I hope to do lots of posts about this house and how we are going to be more eco-friendly and also show the garden, deer, and trails we are going to make for ATVs. Now I just need to win an ATV!

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