A few months back, A and I moved into our first home and it was magical. Well, for us it was anyways. For some I guess you could say it was an absolute nightmare. Our house was very affordable and you could say it fell into the category of a “fixer upper”. The house isn’t terribly old, built in 1995, but I am not exaggerating when I say it literally looked like it had never been cleaned. It also had a puke green kitchen, grease soak cabinets, some holes in the wall and moldy laminate floors, but we’ll get to that later (when I finally show ya’ll pictures of this mystery house). Anyways, one of the first things I wanted to do was remove the broken hanging screens on the big open windows, and clean them to let some more light in. Oh. My. God. The first time we cleaned them, the rag I used for the first pane, turned completely black. It took a quarter of a bottle of Windex to clean through that grime.
When I had finished the bottle of Windex, the windows let in so much more light and it was a beauty to look at. But, then I went to put Windex on our shopping list, and thought I’d take a brief peek at the ingredients. Yikes. Not one pronounceable ingredient. Soooo I thought that I would do something a little whacky and google if it is possible to make your own effective and natural glass cleaner. It turns out that it can be done!
This got me into looking out for other all natural cleaning recipes and I was totally shocked. You can make every single cleaning product imaginable, with natural, common household ingredients! I am totally hooked now and I will be sharing all of these new recipes in a series called “D.I.Y. All Natural”.
And yes, this window cleaner is just a effective as Windex – and it smells a lot better too. It can be made using common, bleach free. household ingredients. And, just like all of my other homemade cleaning supply recipes, I buy the ingredients in bulk from Costco. This makes it cheaper than regular Windex and waaaayyy more affordable than the all-natural fancy kind.
So, after a few trial and errors, here is what I found works best for keeping our windows sparkling! I was also sure to include a little downloadable recipe card for you to keep in the kitchen so you can whip up a batch at a moment’s notice. 🙂
What You’ll Need:
- 2 Cups warm water (distilled works best)
- 1/4 White vinegar
- 1/4 tsp citrus oil (I used grapefruit)
- 1/4 Isopropyl alcohol
- 1 tbsp Cornstarch
- A spray bottle to contain it in (I just used my old Windex bottle, #YayUpcycling)
The One And Only Step:
Seriously this is so simple. All you do is mix all of the ingredients into your spray bottle and shake. Once all of the cornstarch has been dissolved, you can spray on any mirrored or glass surface. I swear that it works even better than Windex! It also smells like citrus (not vinegary at all) and I don’t have to worry about using in front of the cats/dog at all. Be sure to be on the lookout for our upcoming D.I.Y. All Natural posts!