How to Make Windows Cleaner with Vinegar?
Make your own glass cleaner from ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. You don't have to keep supporting big companies with their glossy packaging, or spend big bucks on a cleaner that touts itself as natural.
If you want a natural glass cleaner, just leave out all the additives, fragrances, and chemicals that you object to. You don't need them to get your windows clean anyway.
Once you make the switch to homemade glass cleaner, you'll be able to reuse the same spray bottle again and again, instead of lugging a new bottle home from the store every time you run out.
Having less to dispose of is better for the environment than any "green" cleaner you can buy at the store.
Ready to give homemade glass cleaner a try? Here are two recipes.
Vinegar Glass Cleaner Recipe
What You Need:
- White vinegar
- A spray bottle
Fill the spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water. Then, use as you would any other glass cleaner. Store out of reach of children and pets.
Benefits of Using Vinegar as a Glass Cleaner
- no harsh chemicals or fumes
- effectively removes fingerprints and other window grime
- doesn't leave streaks
Vinegar and Alcohol Glass Cleaner Recipe
- Rubbing alcohol
- Spray bottle
Use one cup of rubbing alcohol, one cup of water, and one tablespoon of vinegar per batch. Fill the spray bottle and use as a glass cleaner. Store in a cool cabinet away from any heat source, as the alcohol will make this mixture flammable.
Benefits of Alcohol and Vinegar Glass Cleaner
- evaporates quickly, so you don't end up with spots
- similar to what is found in many commercial glass cleaners
Cleaning Tip for Homemade Glass Cleaner
Use newspaper instead of paper towels or rags to clean glass. It's the secret to streak-free windows.
If you don't subscribe to a newspaper, pick up discarded newspapers at your local coffee shop or breakfast cafe.
Warnings and Precautions for Homemade Glass Cleaner
1) Do not reuse empty cleaner bottles. Buy a new bottle for your glass cleaner. Both vinegar and alcohol can be solvents, and will pick up any traces of other chemicals that were in an old spray bottle. Even if you have a degree in chemistry, it's wise to avoid unwanted chemical interactions. With a new, clean bottle you won't have to worry about unintended reactions.
2) Always label the contents of your cleaner bottles. Label it clearly in big letters with what is in bottle. "Vinegar Glass Cleaner, " or "Rubbing Alcohol and Vinegar Glass Cleaner, " are good labels. It is also wise to add the date when you mixed the ingredients. If you aren't getting good results, that date may tell you why.
3) Keep out of the reach of children and pets. The ingredients can be irritating, and rubbing alcohol is flammable.
4) Store cleaning products separately from cooking ingredients. You don't want to confuse rubbing alcohol for drinking alcohol, or use diluted vinegar in a recipe.