In an effort to rid our house of dyes and chemicals, I decided to try homemade window/ glass cleaner.
I found many recipes for window cleaners that included ammonia, such as here. But I wanted to avoid ammonia, mostly because I did not have any on hand, and because I don’t think it is very good for you.
I kept looking and found these two great sites, here and here.
I decided to try one out: TURI formula 15 because it promised a “No Streak Glass Cleaning.” But since I was uncertain whether it would actually work or not, I cut the recipe in half so that it looked like this:
2 C warmish water
~1/6 C white Vinegar
½ TBSP Cornstarch
I mixed it up in a quart sized Pyrex measuring cup and then transferred it to an empty and washed Shout bottle. Then I set out to see if it would work.
I sprayed about five sprays onto our bathroom mirror and started to wipe it away with a clean washcloth like I would with Windex. But it just seemed to be streaking! Exactly what TURI said it wouldn’t do! As I stood there for a minute contemplating my next move- should I try a different application method, or a new formula, or go back to the store for some good ‘ol Windex- the most amazing thing happened: the homemade glass cleaner dried and was completely streak-free! I was amazed. The glass looked as good as it does with commercial glass cleaner.
So I went at it to further test it out on our glass dry bar. The dry bar had not been dusted, in say, three months or so, and thus was very dusty. I took stuff off the shelves (we don’t use it as a dry bar- my husband and I are not but drinkers- but its growing on us) and began to clean. After learning that it needs a minute to dry, I gave the cleaner its time and was again amazed at the results.
I do have to say that this homemade cleaner is here to stay in our house for now. I just need to wait and see if the concoction can hold under the sink for two years like Windex . . .
What do you think of homemade glass cleaners? Are they worth the time and effort to make?
4 days ago