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Drop the blue stuff you buy at the store and start using the best homemade streak-free glass and window cleaner. This diy glass cleaner is both non-toxic and budget-friendly and can be made with simple items at home including rubbing alcohol, distilled vinegar, and optional essential oils.
If you’re like me, when you think of glass cleaner you immediately picture that spray bottle full of blue liquid. You might even think that is the only way to clean your windows or glass. I never thought I could make a DIY glass cleaner that would leave my windows and mirrors looking the same as the conventional brand.
But I was wrong!
There is a way to get that streak-free clean WITHOUT all the chemicals. My husband was the most skeptical of all, but it even passed his test. He has happily used this recipe on his car windows…something he is particularly picky about!
I’ve mentioned before that cleaning products and personal care products are part of our grocery budget each month. One of the ways that I’ve saved on household products so that I could spend more on groceries is to begin making many of my own cleaning products.
By making my own cleaning products, I’ve been able to reduce my spending and still make the switch to safer products that aren’t full of chemicals.
What Does DIY Glass Cleaner Really Cost?
Here’s a little price breakdown based on what I spent on my ingredients:
- Rubbing Alcohol- I bought 16 ounces of rubbing alcohol for $2.35, and I used 8 ounces = $1.18
- Distilled White Vinegar-I got 64 ounces of distilled white vinegar for $2.66, but I only used 2.67 ounces = $0.11
- 15 drops Essential Oils-Essential oils are optional and price depends on which oils you use, but I spent around $1.25 on oils
APPROX. TOTAL COST = $2.54 for a 16 oz bottle ($1.29 without the essential oils)
More About the Ingredients
So let’s do a quick review of what these natural cleaning ingredients are all about:
Vinegar: Vinegar is a very low cost ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes. A large bottle of vinegar can make anything from all-purpose cleaner, natural fabric softener, or DIY cleaning wipes.
Rubbing Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, has amazing antiseptic and antibacterial properties. You may remember rubbing alcohol from childhood when you got cuts or scrapes.
Distilled Water: If you look at the ingredients in most store-bought cleaners, the very first ingredient is water. Most of my homemade cleaners are similarly made with water. I always recommend using distilled water or water that is boiled and then cooled. Tap water can aid bacterial growth, which will shorten the shelf-life of your cleaner. If you plan to use the cleaner within a few weeks, you are fine to use tap water. If it is something that needs to be more shelf-stable, make sure you use distilled water.
Essential Oils: I love adding essential oils to all of my recipes. You’ll find recipes in almost all of my DIY household cleaners and beauty products. In addition to creating customized scents, therapeutic-grade oils also contain constituents that support a clean and healthy home. Some of my favorite essential oils to use in cleaning products include: Lavender, Thieves, Lemon, Tea Tree, Orange, and Pine. Here’s where I get mine.
The only equipment that you need for this recipe is a 16 oz spray bottle. I prefer using glass spray bottles in general (it’s more fun to clean when it looks pretty), but I definitely recommend glass if you plan to add any citrus essential oils to this recipe. Citrus will degrade plastic over time.
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- 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
- 12 oz distilled water
- 15 drops essential oils (optional- Thieves, Tea Tree, Lemon, Orange, and Lavender are my favorites)
- 16 oz spray bottle
- Pyrex measuring cup or funnel
- Pour your rubbing alcohol, distilled white vinegar and essential oils directly into the spray bottle.
- Top off with water and put your spray cap on.
- Shake the bottle to incorporate the ingredients.
Essential oils are optional for this recipe but will help tone down the smell of vinegar. If you choose not to use essential oils, the vinegar smell with disappear once the surface dries.
I recommend using a microcloth when cleaning surfaces.
This is normally safe to use on stainless steel, but check your appliance manual since some manufacturers recommend only using water.
I recommend using distilled water or water that's been boiled and then cooled for this recipe. Using tap water can introduce bacteria that will reduce the shelf life of your DIY product.