Commercial detergents are sometimes harmful to the environment and in addition irritate sensitive skin. Brand name glass cleaners tend to contain harmful chemicals such as ammonia, which can even clog up your sinuses. Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to save money, care for your environment and your skin by creating your own window cleaners.
Method 1 of 6: Vinegar and Dishwashing Liquid
Step 1. Mix one glass of vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of dish detergent with 3.8 liters of warm water
Step 2. Pour liquid into a spray bottle and use similarly to any window cleaner
Method 2 of 6: Citrus Peels
Step 1. Soak the peel of your citrus fruit of your choice in vinegar a few weeks before making the cleaner
Step 2. Strain the citrus mixture and pour it into the bottle
Step 3. Mix one cup of citrus-soaked vinegar with one cup of water in a spray bottle
Method 3 of 6: Soda Water
Step 1. Pour soda into a spray bottle and use as a regular glass cleaner
Method 4 of 6: Cornstarch
Step 1. Combine one cup of vinegar and 1/8 cup of cornstarch with 3.8 L of water
Step 2. Stir well
Method 5 of 6: rubbing alcohol
Step 1. Stir 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar with 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
Method 6 of 6: Rubbing alcohol and dishwashing detergent
Step 1. Add 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and two jets of phosphorus-free dishwashing detergent to 3.8L warm water
- Distilled white vinegar is best because flavored vinegars, such as apple cider vinegars, leave streaks on the glass.
- Try wiping down the cleaner with newspaper instead of paper towels. Newspaper absorbs dirt better than regular paper napkins / towels.