Keeping mirrors and windows squeaky clean isn’t as simple as it should be, even with commercial glass cleaners. To save money, go green, or diy, many people are opting to make their own household cleaning solutions. After years of using homemade glass cleaner from recipes found online and just accepting streaks and a hazy film left behind, I was determined to make a homemade glass cleaner that leaves windows and mirrors crystal clear.
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Commercial glass cleaners aren’t required to list all ingredients on their label, so you have no idea what chemicals you’re breathing, getting on your hands, and exposing your family to when you clean your windows, mirrors, and other surfaces.
One popular glass cleaner I researched contains 2-Hexoxyethanol, Isopropanolamine, Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate, Lauramine Oxide, Ammonium Hydroxide, Fragrance, and Liquitint® Sky Blue Dye.
I prefer to know what I’m using to clean my home and exposing my family to, so I choose to make my own cleaning products. This saves money, avoids health concerns, and empowers me to know I can effectively clean my home with just a few basic ingredients.
Know Your Ingredients
I discovered the ingredients to make this streak free glass cleaner while researching my post for The Ultimate Natural Window Cleaning Solution. The ingredients are readily available and safer than those found in most commercial glass cleaners.
Vinegar, a mild acid, is made through the natural fermentation of various fruits, vegetables, and grains. Handle with care as it can cause irritation or evening burning when undiluted. Vinegar helps break up mineral deposits such as lime.
Isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol, is an organic solvent, it helps dissolve other substances. It breaks the molecular bonds of water, helping it to evaporate quickly, eliminating streaks.
[Citrus essential oils] are produced through the distillation or pressing of citrus fruit components. They help eliminate streaking and have the cleaning properties of limonene, a natural version of the solvent used in many commercial cleaning products.
Make Your Own Homemade Glass Cleaner
- [Spray Bottle]
- Rag or cloth
- ¼ cup vinegar
- ¼ cup isopropyl alcohol
- 3 drops [citrus essential oil] such as lemon, lime, grapefruit
- 2 cups water
Step 1 Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle.
Step 2 Shake to blend ingredients thoroughly.
That’s it! Now you’re ready to make your glass look crystal clear.
Using Your Glass Cleaner
This glass cleaner is wonderfully simple to use. Just spray and wipe with a cloth. You don’t have to worry about streaks or being left with a film on glass. The isopropyl alcohol eliminates spotting or streaking as it helps it to quickly evaporate any remaining solution.
The interiors of windows, mirrors, even eye glasses are left crystal clear. I’m thrilled with how well this glass cleaner works.
For years my mirrors and windows were covered in a film I couldn’t cut through with commercial or homemade glass cleaners. I tried several solutions based on glass cleaner recipes found on the Internet that were either inaffective at removing the film from my windows and mirrors or made it even worse.
Frustrated, I decided to test individual ingredients for effectiveness. Vinegar has been used to clean windows for generations but by itself requires a lot of effort to produce good results. The vinegar removed grime but without extensive buffing would just sit on the glass and leave a residue.
Next I tried isopropyl alcohol alone which dried streak-free and reduced the film that had built up on the glass but didn’t produce the cleaning results that the vinegar had.
Together this duo cleans and polishes glass extremely well. Add in a small amount of citrus essential oil to improve the scent, help reduce streaking, and as a disinfectant and you’ve got an amazing glass cleaner.
Do you have a favorite homemade glass cleaner recipe? Care to share? Comment below!
Hint: you don’t need special label paper, just run a glue stick along the edges and smooth onto your container.
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