No-Streak Homemade Window Cleaner

Trying to make your own home care products to save money and get the toxins out of your home? This No-Streak Homemade Window Cleaner works great and costs pennies to make. I love not using that blue-dyed stuff - better for you and better for the earth - better for your pocketbook.

Our environment is filled with toxins and one of the biggest offenders in the toxin department is household cleaners.  So I’ve been working for awhile to get and keep as many toxins as possible out of our home. I use homemade foaming soap, a natural dishwasher rinse aid, homemade “soft scrub” and even soap nuts instead of laundry detergent.

Today I am going to share with you one of my most favorite non toxic Home Care Products – Homemade Glass Cleaner.

I personally think that it is so important to get Home Care and Personal Care products that are toxin free so that we, our families, and our world can be a lot more healthy.

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Plus, you can save a TON of money by making these things yourself.

And it doesn’t have to take a TON of time.

In fact, most of them are lickety-split.

This Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe is a case in point.

Since my childhood, I have been plagued with chemical sensitivities.

Truthfully, I’ve always been sensitive to a lot of things, but chemical smells and fragrances are one of the worst.

So–for a long time now, I have shunned the use of commercial home care products.

Are you like me?  Do you walk down the aisle of the detergent and cleaner aisle and feel light-headed?

Even if you don’t, making your own glass cleaner is a breeze.

Benefits of Making Your Own Glass Cleaner:

1.  Get toxins out of your home and your life – Do you really want these things in your home?

propylene glycol
2 Hexoxyethanol
Ammonium Hydroxide
Mirapol Surf S-210
Viden EGM
Sodium C14-17 Sec-Alkyl Sulfonat
Fragrance Palette (goodness – what’s in that???)
Liquitint Sky Blue Dye

Yes, that is what is in one of the more popular glass cleaners on the market.  Ick.

2.  Save Money

You can make your own cleaner for way less money than you would spend on a commercial cleaner.  Even if not, I would still prefer to make my own for the other benefits.  See the end of this post to see how much you can save.

3.  Clean Up the Environment

Do you really want to add these toxins to our already toxically-overloaded environment?  I am convinced that one of the main problems regarding the onslaught of autism, auto-immune disorders and cancer is the prevalence of toxins in our world.  Let’s do what ever we can, within reason, to help clean things up for us and for future generations.  Every time you can use a toxin free product over a toxin laden one, you help the environment.

Now, I used to use just plain vinegar to clean our mirrors and glass.  Truth be told, we didn’t really clean our windows often.  Just didn’t really think about it.

We would put some plain vinegar on a piece of newspaper and wipe it all over the mirror.

It worked pretty well, but it did leave some streaks that were a little hard to get off.

But in a pinch, it works well.

This cleaner, however, is great.  I found it on a number of sites all over the internet and I must say, it is a real winner.
My son likes to take our spray bottle all over the house and clean all the windows and mirrors –it helps to have a bottle with a blue top (his favorite color!)

This cleaner does contain isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, which some people may wish to avoid, but I don’t have a problem with.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on that….and I did find another promising recipe that costs quite a bit more money to make and has no isopropyl alcohol.  Maybe I’ll give it a whirl!

By the way, I discovered this recipe on several sites, but I suspect that the originator of the recipe is Crunchy Betty. She’s got some pretty cool DIY stuff on her blog besides just glass cleaners :).

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This DIY Window Cleaner works great and really leaves no streaks! And none of the toxins of the "blue stuff" from the store!

What Does the Cornstarch Do?

You’re wondering that too, aren’t you?

I sure was.

Well, this update is just in today (Sept. 13, 2013) from a reader who is “in the know.”  Here is her answer:

On a microscopic level, glass is not perfectly smooth. When you spray water on it, the water molecules get caught in the pits on the glass surface. Water also clings to itself through hydrogen bonding – the hydrogen atoms from two molecules cling together. Water stuck in the glass + water stuck to more water = streaking. Cornstarch (or dish soap or oil-even a couple drops of essential oil) disrupts the hydrogen bonding, thus preventing streaks!

Cool beans! A DIY house cleaning recipe and science lesson in one!

How much will you save?

A ton.

Vinegar: costs about $.59 for 32 oz at Aldi. So even if we double the price, let’s say it costs $.04

Rubbing Alcohol:  Based on current Rite Aid pricing (I called :-)!) $.25 for 1/4 cup

Cornstarch:  A local Midwest grocery chain has it for $1.39 right now.  If the Tbsp per pound info I got is correct, then the cost for 1 Tbsp is about $.04.

Water:  I am just going to call this $0.00.  The current approximate cost per gallon in my city is $.002 per gallon :-).

So – it costs a total of $.33 to make 2 1/2 cups of Glass Cleaner.

Cost of a popular brand on the market? $3.43 on Amazon.  I had to do some fancy math to get the cost per ounce, but this is what it costs for 2 1/2 cups (20 oz).  So you save over 90%!

How Can You Use Homemade Glass Cleaner?

Glass Appliances
Stainless Steel
Marble (thanks to a reader, I’ve found out that you shouldn’t use vinegar on marble as it can cause it to corrode.)

I hope this gets you motivated to:

– Save Money

Reduce Toxins

– Improve Your Family’s Health

– Clean Your Windows :-)!

More DIY Recipes for You and Your Home from this site:

Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid
Homemade Foaming Soap
DIY Shower Cleaner
Best DIY Fruit Fly Trap
Easiest DIY Weed Killer

And for a whole boatload of DIY Cleaning Recipes, Heather from Mommypotamus has this great book:

DY Cleaning Book - Mommypotamus

What do you use to clean your mirrors and windows?

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  1. I love my essential oils, and use the all the time. I thought I remember hearing that you should not use citrus in plastic bottles. Something about the acidic oils eating the plastic. Has anyone else heard this before?

  2. Pauline Rosenberg says:

    Yay! Used this and it was great. Ran out of Windex and found this on line. Sparkling windows! Thank you!

  3. I enjoy how ‘environmentally friendly’ it was to buy a plastic squirting bottle at a dollar store. Let’s just forget that that plastic item is likely made in China and produces a ton of toxins and large carbon footprint in producing and shipping to your move little convenient dollar store. Think about the big picture and reuse a shampoo bottle or the alcohol bottle fitted with a sprayer.

  4. Yes, I can see that that is a good point. I went through my house and found 4 reusable bottles with sprayers today! I decided to use up the rest of my cleaners before making my own but I want to try this recipe soon!

  5. One Christmas I used a product on my windows to make them look icy and could not get it off with store bought window cleaner,even after trying 4 times. Got a tip from someone and it immediately removed the product and left it streak free and beautiful. For 15 years now I am still convinced this is the cheapest and easiest way to clean windows.and this tip has helped make some professional window cleaners very happy . Put 1 new dryer sheet in a bucket of water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Remove dryer sheet and pour liquid into spray bottles. It cleans the window and leaves it streak free in no time. (If windows do happen to streak solution may be too strong.)

    • Nice tip. However, aren’t you concerned about the chemicals on dryer sheets? I wonder what’s on it that made it clean the window? When I was a little girl, my whole family got hives from the Bounce sheets – my mom’s were so bad she needed to go on steroids :(. I don’t mean to criticize you – just wondering what you think and telling you what happened to us. I’m glad your windows are clean, though :).

  6. Hi, I tried your recipe just now and I wanted to tell my experience. First, I tried it in the bathroom and it worked on the mirror when I wiped with newspaper. Then, I tried it on my glass door going out to the porch. It worked okay on the inside but not as well as the mirror. Then on the outside of the door it didn’t work well at all. It is cold outside and that probably has something to do with it. However, I must say, I also tried the recipe replacing the cornstarch with a tiny bit of canola oil and it worked better all the way around – mirror and glass door inside and out.

    Thank You for your post and sharing your knowledge!

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