Stop Buying: Glass Cleaner

In another installment of my Stop Buying series, I bring you: Stop Buying Glass Cleaners!

There are so many reasons I could list to convince you to stop buying glass cleaners. But the main reasons are to save your time, save your money, and save your health.

Store-bought glass cleaners are extremely overpriced, and contain hazardous chemicals. These manufactured cleaning chemicals are not safe! Also, if you keep buying more cleaner when you’ve run out, you’re creating a bunch of waste in landfills from the empty bottles, and wasting time, gas, and energy running to the store. We just want clean windows, and these store-bought options aren’t sustainable or safe!

I’m here to tell you that there is an easier, safer way to get clean windows. Stop buying, and make it yourself! It may be instinct to throw that blue bottle into your shopping cart and call it done, but it is so  much better for you and your family to take a few seconds to mix up a batch on your own. This DIY ‘recipe’ for glass cleaner has three total ingredients that you are familiar with, and I bet you already have them stocked in your house. Making glass cleaner at home is really the way to go!

When I mentioned to someone that I would be making my own glass cleaner, their first comment was, “With ammonia, right?” No! While most store-bought glass cleaners contain some form of ammonia, that doesn’t mean that it is good for your health. Ammonia is irritating and corrosive to your lungs, eyes, and skin. It is also extremely hazardous if accidentally mixed with chlorine bleach. I don’t keep ammonia in my home, and definitely don’t want to use it for cleaning.

The glass cleaner I want to use will be safe to spray around Blueberry and the pets, cheap and easy to make, and also be an effective cleaner. My whole family comes in contact with the surfaces that I clean (that’s why they need to be cleaned so often!). So the glass cleaner I use needs to be safe. It also needs to utilize items that I already keep on hand. That way it will be efficient and cheap to make. No running to the store every time I need to make it! Lastly, the cleaner needs to work well. I can’t be stuck cleaning windows all day long!

Vinegar was the first thing that popped into my head for this cleaner. For good reason, too! Vinegar has been used as a household cleaner for ages. It is a powerful sanitizer, and is great at cutting through the grease and grime on the glass surface. Vinegar really puts the ‘cleaner’ in ‘window cleaner’. This is what will take all of the dirt off of the surface.

Isopropyl alcohol is the other ingredient of my window/glass cleaner. Isopropyl alcohol, or ‘rubbing alcohol’, is probably already in your first aid kit. It has been used for decades to sterilize and hyper-clean surfaces, both on the body, and around the home. It also has tons of other practical uses. But for this window cleaner application, the alcohol helps the water evaporate faster, leaving you with less streaking on your surfaces!

Here’s how I did it:
Glass Cleaner Ingredients
Window and Glass Cleaner
Makes 12oz

Ingredients:
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar (5% acidity)
1/4 cup isopropyl alcohol (aka ‘rubbing alcohol’)
8oz water

Combine all ingredients in a 12-ounce spray bottle, and shake well.

To use, spray on glass surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth or black-and-white newspaper.
Glass Cleaner Bottle
Remember to clearly label your bottle! I included the ‘recipe’ on the label as well, that way I don’t have to look it up the next time a batch needs to be made.

Note: this cleaner does have the scent of vinegar and rubbing alcohol (go figure! 😛 ). If you want to combat that scent, you can add a several drops of essential oils. Tea tree and lavender would be great. They are both anti-bacterial, and are great to have on hand anyway. But even if you don’t use essential oils, the scent of vinegar and rubbing alcohol will dissipate.

I hope you have been motivated to remove toxic glass cleaners from your cleaning routine, and start making your own! It’s so easy to make, easy to use, and easy on the wallet, too!

Check out my other STOP BUYING posts to find other items you can stop buying, and start making at home!

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