No-Streak Homemade Window Cleaner

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Homemade Window Cleaner

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 make and 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.

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.

So even uber busy folk can do this and not drive themselves crazy.

This Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe is a case in point.  It's simple.

Chemical Sensitivity

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

Truthfully, I've always been sensitive to a lot of things, but some chemical smells (think “off-gassing”) and artificial fragrances are one of the worst.

For as long as I can remember, I would get light-headed and feel “woozy” just walking down the detergent and house cleaner aisles at the grocery store, or walking through the perfume section in a department store.

Even walking outside when people are running their dryers bothers me.  The smell of the VOCs in the dryer sheets is just terrible (and terrible for you).

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

But mainly I was trying to get by with only vinegar and water.  But sometimes you need something more.

Anyway, even if these chemicals don't make you feel bad, there is a lot of evidence that they aren't healthy, so it's a good idea to do what you can to remove them from your environment as much as possible.

Either way, making your own DIY Glass Cleaner is a breeze.

Benefits of Making Your Own Homemade 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 (all kind of stuff in there….artificial fragrances are not healthy)
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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Homemade Window Cleaner

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 can you save using homemade window cleaner?

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 Window Cleaner?

Windows
Mirrors
Glass Appliances
Stainless Steel
Chrome
Aluminum
Ceramic
Marble (thanks to a reader, I've found out that you shouldn't use vinegar on marble as it can cause it to corrode.)
Plastic

I hope this gets you motivated to:

– Save Money

Reduce Toxins

– Improve Your Family's Health

– Clean Your Windows :-)!

Let me know what you think of this homemade window cleaner recipe!

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. Junk. No streaks my ass. Sorry I wasted vinegar, distilled water, alcohol and the orange oils on this. If you want something that cleans your mirrors and windows at home, get a can of AC Delco Glass Cleaner online (if you can find it) or at a GM dealership near you. It is the best cleaner I’ve used.

  2. Sherann McMIllan says:

    As I am just starting to move around in my house post-op day # 5, I decided to do light housekeeping. Then I realized I have no Windex, and no permission to drive. I stumbled on your recipe and I am stunned! I made it just as you described, and my glass tables and mirrors are currently streak-free. Thanks! (I used the lavender oil, perfect!)

  3. You shouldn’t clean any natural stone with vinegar.

    • To add, if you clean granite countertops with vinegar or citrus it will cause etching in the stone- live and learn.

      Please remember not to put essential oils in plastic. Even if they are mainly perfume grade oils purchased at the grocery store, not 100% pure oil from the plant named on the bottle and mainly composed of fillers like alcohol or water, these oils will eat through/ degrade your plastics. That is why reputable theraputic grade essential oil companies tell their consumers to only use oils in glass or stainless steel containers.

      • Thanks! As a note – That EO concern doesn’t apply to heavily diluted EOs, for example as they are in this formula. There are plenty of products on the market that have EOs in them that are in plastic. Thanks for the granite tip. I wish I had granite, however :).