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15 different types of vinegar explained

This vinegar is known for non-culinary purposes, usually for household cleaning. According to Cnet, you can use distilled white vinegar to defog mirrors, remove stains, deodorize items, clean kitchen appliances, and more. There are also beautifying uses for distilled white vinegar, like whitening your teeth, softening your skin, performing manicures and pedicures, and getting silky-smooth hair (via TipsBulletin). And that’s not even all the ways to use the simple and cheap product.

As Food & Wine explains, distilled white vinegar is made when grain alcohol (similar to vodka) is exposed to oxygen. Bacteria form, then acetic acid is created. This is similar to the process used to create apple cider vinegar. According to Harvard, this is because all vinegars go through a similar process. At the end of the two-step fermentation process, you have distilled white vinegar.

Distilled white vinegar is sometimes overlooked in the kitchen. That could be because it’s made in an industrial setting, Epicurious reports. Coupled with the idea that this type of vinegar is mainly used for household chores, it doesn’t seem that edible. However, it is. A common use in cooking is pickling, according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Another is in the pie crust, where it functions as a tool that keeps the dough from being overworked (via King Arthur Baking). If none of these applications seem useful to you, this vinegar can also help cook rice, poach eggs and marinate meats.