Thursday, January 12, 2012

Homemade Glass Cleaner

*****UPDATE (1/31/12) FOUND HERE*****

I finally ran out of my Windex and I am so excited to announce that I made homemade glass cleaner!  I know I get incredibly excited over crazy little things.  There are many versions out there, but I was specifically wanting something non-toxic.  I want to feel comfortable with the cleaners I am using and not be worried about what I am spraying in the air and on our surfaces. 

I took some before and after pics to help judge the effectiveness of the new homemade glass cleaner.

Here's the mirror before...don't worry my kids aren't that messy while brushing their teeth.  I added a nice glob of toothpaste, smeared it around, and let it sit for about an hour so it would dry a bit.

While I was waiting I went ahead and made my new cleaner.  It most definitely did not take me an hour to make so I watched a little TV.  I must say New Adventures of Old Christine just cracks me up.  "I care about the environment...I drive a Prius" LOL  I just love that show.  But enough about my cheesy sense of humor...onto the good stuff.  How to make the glass cleaner.  It is rather simple and I am sure you all are getting tired of me saying that, but seriously I don't like to do things too complicated.  I am trying to simplify my life not complicate it ;)

Homemade Glass Cleaner
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
2 Cups Water
1 TBS Cornstarch
5-10 drops Lemon Essential Oil or whatever smell you would can skip this if you like

Get a clean spray bottle and pour everything in it (use a funnel it makes your life waaaaaay easier) and then shake it real good.  You may want to give it a shake before you use since the cornstarch will settle at the bottom.  And there you have it...homemade glass cleaner.

Are you ready for the after pic yet??? you go.....

Now, isn't that sparkly clean?!?  I am happy with it.  Even with the HUUUUUGE glob of toothpaste there were no real issues.  No streaks and it cleaned up well.  I will post my thoughts after using it on everyday stuff here to let you know how I feel, but so far so good.

On to the other amazing part of this homemade glass cleaner...the price.  I paid 1.89 for the vinegar so for 1/4 we'll say 5 cents, I'll estimate 5 cents for the cornstarch, 25 cents for the rubbing alcohol, and 12 cents for the 10 drops of lemon oil I used.  That means the total for your new homemade glass cleaner is 47 cents!  Cheap, works great, and no more nasty ammonia! 

Now I just have to make pretty labels for my new products.  Anyone have any good ideas???  I am open to suggestions :)


  1. Ohh love this! I've been thinking about making my own cleaner as well and will try this out! brain is working well enough today to suggest ideas for your labels lol. I'll look forward to future posts if you come up with one!! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I'm now following you back!!

  2. Welcome! You will love making your own cleaners. They are more affordable, you know what is going in to them, they bring much more satisfaction, and they work! So far I am loving these cleaners and can't wait to try more :)

  3. Awesome! Great money saving tip, for sure!

  4. You know I am a big fan of homemade cleaners. Glad to hear it worked so well. I am following you now. Thanks for your comment on Mess For Less. Vicky from Mess For Less

  5. Thanks for stopping by! I am really happy with the homemade cleaners I have tried so far and I can't wait to try more. It seems when I want cleaner to last it never does and now that I want them used up they take forever to go through. Tomorrow I will be making the dishwasher detergent.

  6. Great idea!!! I'm having a linky party, and would love it if you joined! Here is the link! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love using homemade cleaners and I really need to do it more. My mother-in-law uses them exclusively and her house looks and smells great :) Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

    1. I am working towards using all homemade cleaners exclusively too. You are right the house looks and smells great. I love the smell of clean and not a mask of chemicals. It is so much better :)


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