This homemade DIY natural glass and window cleaner with vinegar, alcohol, cornstarch and essential oils is ammonia-free, perfect for cleaning and washing windows and mirrors safely and effectively!
We’re back with another DIY homemade cleaning recipe! If you like saving money, ridding your home of toxic chemicals, and treating your body and the planet with kindness, you're going to love this DIY natural glass and window cleaner recipe.
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WHY MAKE YOUR OWN GLASS AND WINDOW CLEANER?
Alright, I feel like a broken record by now, but just in case anyone is just coming to Root + Revel for the first time and they haven't heard one of my speeches before let's do a quick recap.
There's this domino effect I'm hoping happens with each of these stories/recipes:
You read about the doom and gloom found in toxic store-bought cleaning products
–> you toss said toxic cleaners in favor of making your own cleaning products
–> big brands get the message as you vote with your dollars and start demanding transparency, regulation and safety from their products
–> they change their ways and one day, we can walk into any store and trust that we’re buying products that won’t harm us.
It can happen guys, and you can help simply by DIY-ing your own products! Although once you start, you'll probably never want to go back to buying products from stores, you'll be saving so much money and feeling so much better you'll be like “Target, who?”
Seriously, making your own cleaning products is SO MUCH safer and if that isn't enough to convince you, consider that it's also WAYYYYYYYYY cheaper.
This entire glass and window cleaner recipe cost me a whopping $0.74 to make. Folks, that is less than ONE DOLLAR to make an entire bottle! You're basically getting paid to wash your windows at this point. Take a look:
- rubbing alcohol (I paid $5.84 for 16 ounces, but I only used 1 ounce = $0.36)
- white vinegar (I paid $11.67 for 128 ounces, but I only used 1 ounce = $0.09)
- water (FREE!!!)
- cornstarch (I paid $2.65 for 22 ounces–and I even got the fancy kind–but I only used .5 ounces = $0.06)
- essential oils (I paid $5.85 for .5 ounces, but I only used .02 ounces = $0.23)
Total cost = $0.74!!!!!!!
I mean, really. At less than a freaking dollar to make an entire bottle of glass and window cleaner, you really can't afford not to make your own cleaning products, and that's coming from me, the anti-crafter. I swear to you this recipe takes less than 2 minutes to make. Pour the above ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up, you're done.
Call me the Barefoot Contessa of cleaning products because, “How easy is that?”
Related: The best natural store-bought cleaners for those who just can't stand the idea of saving money and DIY-ing their own cleaning products (no judgement, you do you, girl.)
Still not convinced?
THE TRUTH: TOXIC STORE-BOUGHT GLASS AND WINDOW CLEANERS
Popular brands like Invisible Glass make it near impossible to find out exactly what's in their cleaner–to me, this is a red flag. Please never buy anything if the company won't even tell you what's in it.
But for the most part, Windex dominates the glass cleaning aisle at most stores. This is bad on so many levels, as Windex is brimming with toxic chemicals.
In fact, the following four ingredients are all found in Windex products AND they're all rated an F (the most dangerous score) by the EWG. Take a look:
- Sodium Borate: This asthmagen is really scary–not only does it have a high risk for damaging fertility or the unborn child with clear evidence of endocrine disruption, it also causes dermatitis, respiratory irritation and allergies. Note: those products containing the unspecified ingredient “Buffer” may contain sodium borate.
- Ammonium Hydroxide: This is that ammonia solution we all thought was so awesome for so long… as it turns out, ammonia not only harms sea life, it also causes respiratory damage and skin irritation, allergies and even vision problems.
- Ethanolamine: Windex isn't the only glass cleaner using this chemical compound in their products. Glass Plus also adds this to their cleaner and what do you know, it's an asthmagen that causes severe skin burns and eye damage, central nervous system depression, respiratory irritation and has chronic aquatic toxicity.
- Glycol Ethers: Both Windex and Clorox Glass Cleaner add this unspecific ingredient to their cleaner, which may contain Ethoxyethanol, a substance that disrupts our hormones (think reproductive toxicity, fertility damage, harm to unborn children and embryo/fetal damage) and has been proven to be dangerous to inhale or touch our skin. Other concerns (as if those weren't enough) include general systemic/organ effects, cancer, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, nervous system effects, digestive system effects, skin irritation, allergies and damage to vision.
All of this before you even consider that almost all store-bought glass and window cleaners also contain fragrance (another hormone disrupter and asthmagen), artifical colors and dyes and sodium laureth sulfates (a skin irritant that's toxic to sea life). Not exactly the kind of stuff you want filling your home, right?
Fortunately, this recipe for homemade glass cleaner will have you washing windows and cleaning mirrors just as effectively (if not more!) without any of the negative side effects.
A NOTE ABOUT DIY NATURAL GLASS AND WINDOW CLEANERS
Rather than using ammonia and other toxic chemicals, this homemade glass cleaner is made with vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water.
Plus a little cornstarch, which is the secret ingredient to steak-free windows and mirrors. It acts as a mild abrasive on the surfaces, scrubbing it gently to ensure squeaky clean windows and mirrors.
Once again, I rely on essential oils, rather than synthetic fragrance, to scent this glass cleaner. And once again, I recommend using crisp citrus oils like sweet orange, lemon or grapefruit or refreshing green oils, like bergamot, tea tree, eucalyptus and basil, which all smell super clean and even naturally have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and germicidal properties.
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I've also read that wiping your mirrors and windows with good ole' fashioned black and white newspaper is a sure-fire way to get streak-free windows. I have no idea why or how this works, but if you've got old papers lying around (surely someone out there still reads the newspaper in print, right?!), give it a try!
If you're looking for spray bottles, I recommend these glass spray bottles, which are the perfect size, pretty to look at and you don’t have to worry about BPA in the plastic. Happy Cleaning!
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DIY Natural Glass and Window Cleaner
- Add the cornstarch to the warm water in a measuring cup fitted with a spout. Stir until cornstarch is dissolved.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into a glass bottle fitted with a spray top.
- Use immediately or as needed.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser