Enjoy streak free windows and mirrors using this natural homemade glass cleaner. Made with only three simple and natural ingredients.
Back in the day before Mr. Clean, Clorox, and Lysol, people used to clean their homes with simple ingredients that could be found in every household. From vinegar to lemon juice and baking soda, homes were cleaned with natural everyday supplies.
That inspires me and got me thinking. Why are we wasting money on these toxic and sometimes expensive cleaners when we can simply make our own right at home?
So I’m starting with the basics and glass cleaner is one of the first things on that list. Natural homemade glass cleaner is so easy to make, and only requires 3 ingredients.
What Ingredients Are Used to Make Natural Homemade Glass Cleaner?
To make natural homemade glass cleaner, all you need are 3 simple ingredients that I guarantee you probably already have on hand.
White Vinegar – This tried and true natural cleaning product is my favorite. Whether it’s citrus peel vinegar for an all purpose cleaner or white vinegar for windows. It’s highly effective at cutting grease due to it’s acidic nature. Which is why it’s perfect for cutting that greasy film you get on kitchen windows or smudgy little fingerprints.
Alcohol – Another favorite. Alcohol works to disinfect the surfaces you are spraying while also allowing the glass cleaner solution to evaporate quicker. Which is ideal when getting a good streak free clean.
Water – Acts as your medium for the solution.
Making Natural Homemade Glass Cleaner
To make your glass cleaner, simply combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle. A little trick I like to do is to use warm water if I’m mixing this fresh. I’m under the impression that warm water works better in cleaning than cold water.
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Tips for Cleaning Windows & Mirriors
My mom is a professional cleaner for a living so I learned a thing or two from her. She is actually the one who taught me how to clean windows with vinegar for best results. And even prefers vinegar and water over name brand cleaners. Here are a few tips she taught me.
Tip #1 – Use two different rags. I like to use one for wiping away the glass cleaner and a second for buffing away any residual film.
Tip #2 – Don’t overspray the glass cleaner. Use just enough to get the surface of the mirror or window damp. The wetter the surface is, the more wiping down and buffing away you have to do. Which is more opportunity for streaking
Tip #3 – Use a wash rag or microfiber rag. This material really helps to minimize streaking. Some roughly textured materials don’t do well with smooth surfaces that light reflects off of. A softer cloth will also be better for buffing.
Tip #4 – If you have used all of the above three tips and are still getting streaks, try using a squeegee. These are so helpful because they pull all of the liquid off the surface leaving you with a nice finish. I don’t always use one of these, but they work great for stubborn to clean windows and mirriors.