I can't imagine why anyone would buy commercial window cleaning products when making your own homemade window cleaner is so easy and cheap. Plus, homemade glass cleaner just smells so much better!
Making your own homemade window washing cleaner is healthier for your family and the planet because homemade glass cleaner recipes are non-toxic and biodegradable. In fact, they're made with ingredients it would be safe to eat. Can you say that about Windex?
Combine 2/3 cup (170ml) white vinegar with 1 1/3 cups (330ml) distilled water and 5 drops lemon or lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake well.
Yep, it really is that simple! To use, just spray your homemade window cleaner onto your glass surface and wipe off with newspaper or a microfiber cloth.
This recipe is for really greasy, grimy windows - the kind with a winter buildup of road dirt or commercially cleaned windows. Adding a touch of soap helps cut through the gunk.
Combine 1 cup (250ml) each water and white vinegar or vodka with 1/4 teaspoon (2ml) liquid dishwashing soap in a spray bottle. Add 5 drops lemon, tea tree or lavender essential oil. Shake well.
To use, spray on and wipe off with newspaper or lint-free cloth.
Sometimes windows look streaky however much you polish them. Impossible-to-remove streaks can be caused by wax build-up from commercial cleaners. Use this remedy to get rid of the wax, then switch to using vinegar cleaning recipes. Problem solved!
Combine 1/2 cup (125ml) each rubbing alcohol and water with 1/4 teaspoon (2ml) liquid dishwashing soap in a spray bottle. Add 5 drops lemon, tea tree or lavender essential oil. Shake well.
To use, spray your homemade window cleaner onto your window or mirror and wipe off with newspaper or lint-free cloth.
Note: this glass cleaner recipe is less eco-friendly than the others and should be used sparingly.
Using newspaper leaves a helpful dirt-resistant film on your glass.
Reduce streaking by doing your windows on a cloudy day. Streaks happen when the sun dries the window cleaning solution too quickly.
Wipe outside glass in a horizontal direction and inside glass in a vertical direction so you can see which side needs repolishing.
Use a clean blackboard eraser to polish windows after cleaning. Gives them a great shine! (Make sure you use a good one, not the cheap kids' toy kind.)
You'll find white vinegar, distilled water and liquid dish soap at your supermarket. Rubbing alcohol may be available in the pharmacy section of your local supermarket. Vodka is available at your local liquor store.
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However, please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Buy from Mountain Rose for quality on a budget. Their prices are excellent and their quality is good. Here's some quick links to the essential oils you'll need for this homemade window cleaner recipe...
Shop doTerra for highest quality. If the essential oil you buy is filled with additives (to "stretch"
the scent) and fragrance boosters, those potentially harmful ingredients
are also absorbed straight into your body. Not ideal!
For instance, my mom and I get instant headaches with most kinds of
lavender oil. That's because of the extra "lavender" scent that's added
to make it smell stronger. But when it's pure lavender - nothing else -
I've used many brands over the last 12 years or so and what I know for sure is, you get what you pay for. So I recommend buying the highest quality essential oils you can afford.
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If you want to boost the disinfecting power of your cleaning recipes, try these essential oils. They smell great and keep you and your family healthy. Here's some quick links for buying disinfectant essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs...
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