Homemade window cleaner is something that I have used for a long time. I ran out of Windex one day and my Mom just shook her head and said, “why don’t you use vinegar?”
When we were kids, my Mom would have us fill a bucket with warm water and a little Dove dish soap and was the outside windows of the house. It always left them clear and without streaks.
The price of Windex has really gone up quite a bit, to almost $3.50 a bottle at Walmart. Even with a coupon it is really still overpriced in my opinion. Plus, if my kids clean a window with it, they use almost 1/2 a bottle! I am also trying to cut down on the amount of waste that we generate in general, and I love the idea of a very natural and safe cleaner that my kids will be around.
The total cost is around $.10 a bottle of cleaner for the homemade. That is a HUGE savings over a year, it is much more “green” and safer for the kids!
Homemade Glass Cleaner
- 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
- 1/4 c. white vinegar
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 c. warm water
- 5-10 drops Peppermint Oil (optional)
The only other variation, is if you used a little tiny bit of dish soap. This is the one that my Mom uses, I change it up a bit and use mine above, about every other time!
Homemade Glass Cleaner 2
- 1/8 Cup (1 oz) white ammonia
- 1/4 Cup (4 oz) rubbing alcohol
- 1 drop dish detergent
- Warm water, enough to fill the spray bottle