Thursday, February 2, 2012

Homemade Window Cleaner

We have had an unseasonably warm winter this year (unlike the snowpocalypse of last year!).  So we spent some time outside yesterday morning and then...I got the urge to do some early spring cleaning, specifically windows.  I had windex on my grocery list, but wasn't planning on doing any shopping yesterday.  So I made my own window cleaner and it worked very well!


Simply combine equal parts white vinegar and water.  You can also add a few drops of dish soap or liquid castile soap.  Pour everything into a clean spray bottle and shake to mix.    

I did the 4 downstairs windows facing the east side of our house (even though you're not supposed to wash windows on a sunny day) and we enjoyed the winter sunshine even more!  

50 comments:

  1. I work as a cleaner, we use this. :)
    As for cleaning windows on a sunny day, just do smaller sections at a time so it doesn't dry faster than you're working.

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  2. It's of utmost importance to keep these windows clean to let air and light pass through it for a healthy living of human beings.
    Cleaning windows is suggested on a cloudy day as the sun would cause the solution or the detergent to dry very fast thus leading to a sloppy look on the windows even after they are cleaned with water.

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  3. I have been wondering if that works. I think the Great value brand is so streaky--I will try the vinegar and water. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This came at the perfect time for me! I was literally JUST about to research homemade window cleaning solution because we're having people over for Super Bowl and my windows are streaky! Thanks a bunch! :)

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  5. Wow.. this is super easy! I love all your homemade cleaners and soaps you've been sharing. Im going to have to get on the ball and make some asap!

    Ps.. thank you for linking up to my Friday parrr-tay! (times two.. cause you rock!)

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  6. Thanks, I'm gonna have to give this a shot...been making several of my own detergents lately. This will fit in nicely.
    Thanks again.

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  7. I'll have to try this. I'm soo unhappy with windex and you are never sure what kind of chemicals are in that stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I do this too and think it works great!! Even better than the store bought glass cleaners. Thanks for sharing at my party!

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  9. I am going to be featuring this tomorrow on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and grab a button:>

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  10. I you want an even BETTER solution, mix 1/4 cup rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol (inexpensive, common first aid supply -- for those not familiar with it), 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 TBSP cornstarch and 2 Cups hot water and put in a spray bottle. Shake it up and go to town! It sounds like a crazy mix but it is incredible and will shine your glass like a diamond. I'd been using the simply vinegar & water recipe but when I came across this and made it, I got so excited that I cleaned every window, mirror, closet door mirror and porcelain surface in the house. Works like a dream! And, it still works even after it cools down so don't worry about that. I think the initial hot water is to get the cornstarch to dissolve a bit more. If it doesn't, no worries, just shake & spray. :-)

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  11. YEP..this works very well...i use it all the time and on a dime it's great for windows and better on your health...~sabri~

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  12. Fabulous! I've been using mostly eco friendly cleaners and nearly out of my windex and wanted to replace it with something natural. This is perfect. Heading off to have a look at your other natural cleaners now. I've pinned this on Pinterest too! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I figured this out a few years ago and now I use it all the time. The dish soap added really makes all the difference!

    Dee

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  14. I didn't realize that we should wash windows on a sunny day!! Thanks for the tip hehe

    Thanks so much for linking up at The DIY Dreamer!!

    You should come over today, there's a giveaway that's live right now :)

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  15. I love my homemade cleaners too. It makes me feel so much better about what I'm putting in the air and the cost savings are crazy.

    Thanks so much for taking part in our Pin'Inspiration Party. Hope that you are having as much fun exploring as I am and that you'll take part in helping the "Beat the Winter Blues" on Saturday.

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  16. Improvising was a brilliant idea, Tricia. I agree that vinegar works. It's actually a tested and proven window cleaner. BTW, what was the vinegar-to-water ratio that you used to clean your windows? In my case, it's 50% for normal dirt and full strength warm vinegar for very dirty windows.

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    1. I mixed half water and half vinegar. Thanks for the tip about full strength vinegar!

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  17. You were featured this week! Make sure you check it out tomorrow and link up!

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  18. I use vinegar and water myself, and I love it! Thanks so much for linking up to Kiss & Tell over at I Gotta Create!

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  19. I use mush of vinegar and baking soda in my household too.
    I've never tried it on windowe, though.
    Thanks for the idea!

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  20. This is great! So much better for my pocketbook and the environment I believe! Thanks for linking up!

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  22. You know what, Tricia? Instead of using the spray bottle directly on the glass surface, you can also spray the window cleaner directly onto a rag and use it to clean the glass surface. Keep the solution out of reach of children. Children are often poisoned by getting their hands in unmarked chemicals, you know.

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  23. I have been using my own homemade window cleaner but it is different with yours. I'll whip some up at home and try this out. Making homemade window cleaners can save me money to buy other stuff for the house.

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