The Best Homemade Glass Cleaner

Last updated 08/11/2020 | |

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Homemade glass cleaner is an easy way to reduce toxins in your home. This natural, streak-free glass cleaner gets windows and mirrors shiny clean, with no fumes or dangerous chemicals.

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If you can't find your 5-year-old and it's really quiet, you can guess that there's mischief happening. When this happened, I wasn't surprised to find that Jackjack made a HUGE mess on the bathroom mirror.

boy smiling in front of dirty mirror

I don't mind messes, but I also expect him to help me clean them up. Not a problem, right?

Except that once I looked at the ingredients on the Windex bottle, I didn't want any of us touching this stuff:

2-Hexoxyethanol

Isopropanolamine

Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate

Lauramine Oxide

Ammonium Hydroxide

Liquitint Sky Blue Dye

windex bottle

Gross, huh? These chemicals are so nasty that Environmental Working Group rated Windex with a grade of "D."

These ingredients have the potential for acute aquatic toxicity; negative respiratory effects and negative nervous system effects.

You don't need any of those mystery ingredients to make natural, streak-free glass cleaner.

blue spray bottle and paper towels with lemons in background

This homemade glass cleaner can be used on windows, mirrors, and glass--even faucets and stainless steel. It only costs pennies to make, and doesn't contain dish soap or ammonia.

That means it's safe for kids to use when they need to clean up the messes they make!

It's easy and inexpensive to make your own window or glass cleaner, without any of those nasty chemicals.

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup rubbing alcohol

1 Tablespoon white vinegar

Tap water

Instructions

Pour the rubbing alcohol and vinegar into a clean 16oz spray bottle (I like these because they're sturdy and don't leak).

Fill with tap water and label the bottle.

Hand the bottle and a microfiber cloth to your assistant and send him to the nearest dirty mirror.

It's easy and inexpensive to make your own window or glass cleaner, without any of those nasty chemicals.

Microfiber cloths are great to use instead of paper towels. They are reusable, super-absorbent, and don't leave any streaks or smears. 

If you're lucky, your assistant might get motivated enough to wash more stuff. Watch as your bathroom becomes sparkly clean! Or less of a biohazard, at least.

Now if I could just get him to mop the kitchen, I'd be in business...

woman cleaning window

Natural Glass Cleaner

Yield: 16 oz.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Homemade glass cleaner is an easy way to reduce toxins in your home. This natural, streak-free glass cleaner gets windows and mirrors shiny clean, with no fumes or dangerous chemicals.

Instructions

  1. Pour the rubbing alcohol and vinegar into the spray bottle.
  2. Fill with tap water.
  3. Label the bottle, shake gently, and start spraying!

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