Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

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Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

Heinz Vinegar History

The H. J. Heinz company was founded in 1869 by Henry J. Heinz. Early on, the company manufactured its own vinegar to use in making pickles, sauces, and other condiments.
Seeing the opportunity, Heinz began bottling the vinegar to sell it to the public. Not only was it sold in bottles, but it was also sold out of oak casks at grocery stores.
Store bought vinegar was recognized as a great convenience in those days and Heinz promoted the fact that they could produce a much cleaner product than what someone might make at home.
And so the famous brand of vinegar was born.
Even today, Heinz makes vinegar using the same recipe it has used for over 140 years!

What Is Different About Cleaning Vinegar?

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar is made from grain just like their distilled white vinegar. The difference is that the cleaning vinegar has been reduced to 6% acidity instead of the 5% acidity of the standard white vinegar. This may not seem like much of a difference, but understand that this means that it is 20% stronger than the regular vinegar.
The extra strength comes in handy when you need to remove some really tough stains. And even though it is stronger, it is still safe. It actually says on the bottle “safe for cooking, perfect for cleaning.”

What About 20% Vinegar?

You may run across vinegar that is 20% acidity or higher. This type of vinegar is used as an organic weed killer and is not recommended for household use. Vinegar with an acidity higher than around 10% can cause burns to the skin and blindness if it gets in the eyes. This is not something you would want in the house, especially around children.

Where Can I Buy Heinz Cleaning Vinegar?

I picked up my gallon at Walmart. In my store, it was on the same aisle as the regular vinegar. Most people are saying that this is where they are finding it as well.

To see if your local Walmart has it in stock, go to this product page and click on the “Free Pickup” icon. This will open up a drop-down where you can see store availability. There is also a box to enter the zip code if you want search a different area.

Other places I have seen it:

  • Publix Supermarket in North Alabama.

Please leave a comment if you find it in other stores in your area.

This online Heinz Cleaning Vinegar source has recently become somewhat cheaper. It is still quite a bit more expensive than buying it locally. The higher price is because of the shipping cost of the heavy gallon jug.
If that doesn’t fit your budget you can also use the Regular Heinz Vinegar. It is quite a bit cheaper.

What Can I Use Cleaning Vinegar For?

This article is just intended as a short introduction to the Heinz product. Therefore, I will not go into detail here about cleaning with vinegar or the hundreds of other uses that exist for this product.
But never fear.
I will be posting many recipes that will use this product. I just felt that before I started posting cleaning supply recipes that contain Heinz Cleaning Vinegar, that it would be appropriate to give it a proper introduction.
In the meantime visit the Heinz Cleaning Vinegar page for some quick tips.
Heinz also has some kitchen cleaning tips here.

Final Thoughts

It is great that Heinz saw the need for this product and made it available to the market. Vinegar is so very versatile and we will explore the many ways that it can be used in the home.
Due to this being an extra-strength vinegar, it will be our go-to vinegar product. We can use it full strength if need be or dilute it as necessary. This gives us more flexibility in our recipes.
Feel free to leave your comments, tips, or feedback.

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  1. Darryl says

    I purchased the 6% cleaning vinegar HEINZ last year at Walmart but they no longer carry the HEINZ brand ….only the Walmart brand 5%. I am on the West Coast Reno Nevada area. Does anyone know what other store might carry it?

  2. Debbie says

    I live in Maryland (20736 zip code) and I can’t find it anywhere close. Can it be shipped to a Walmart near me?

    • says

      The Walmart website shows that Landover Hills, Alexandria, and Laurel have it in stock. I don’t think they will ship it anywhere. If it is not in the store, then you can’t get it from Walmart.

  3. rRoberto faz says

    Jeff holmes I live in Laredo texas and cant find cleaning vinegar in any walmart here, can you help me where can I get this vinegar please? Thank you very much for your help

    • says

      Roberto, I sent you an email for a location I found. I have added a link in the article to the Walmart Heinz Cleaning Vinegar product page so that everyone can do a zip code search in their area.


    • says

      Debbie, I can’t find it in your area. Even the Fort Worth area doesn’t show any. You may need to contact Heinz and see if they know where it is sold in that area.

  4. vallee says

    I live in Chattanooga TN and I went to all the Walmarts in my area and Ft Oglethorpe GA and I could not find it. We are now taking a vacation to West Palm Beach and decided we would stop at some Walmarts. We did not find it yet. Amazon is outrageous on their price.

  5. Barb says

    Have been calling my local Walmarts around Lansing MI and there is none available. Sent an email to Heinz and received no response.

  6. Patsy says

    Live in Grand Rapids MI. Walmart has been out of it for 3 weeks & dont know when they will get more. Now what?

  7. Lynda L. says

    I live in the Eastern suburbs of Cleveland Ohio. I have purchased Heinz cleaning vinegar at Marc’s, an independent chain in Ohio. In the store it is located along side the other vinegars, near the salad dressings and related items. It currently sells for $2.99 a gallon. The Marc’s stores are all through Ohio. I would suggest anyone still looking for it and in the other 49 states to contact the food brokers in your area. Look for them in your business to business directory for the area you are inquiring about. You can also Google “food brokers” and name the city you are searching for. Good luck all. I use it in the carpet cleaner instead of the soap sold for that purpose. Does a great job of keeping carpet clean, no soap residue, and vinegar is a natural disinfectant.

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