Have you noticed after a long winter how dirty the house windows get? The sun gets stronger and brighter and suddenly you can see all the melted snow, smudges and dirt accumulated on the windows. I can ignore something as long as I don’t see it. But once I do, it’s super hard to not see it. I don’t like to use chemical cleaners in my house, and now faced with a dirty window problem I went looking for a natural solution. This great recipe from over on Tips Bulletin says it’s a streak free homemade window cleaner solution.
Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe
It’s inevitable, if you have windows in your home, they are going to get dirty. However, before you reach for a commercial window cleaner to return them to their original sparkling shine, consider using a natural, nontoxic, homemade window cleaner.
The commercial window cleaners on the market are full of toxic chemicals that are unsafe and are contributing to environmental damage and issues with indoor air pollution. There are many household ingredients that you can use to make a homemade window cleaner that is more environmentally friendly and safer for your family.
It is easy to make homemade window cleaner and only takes a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. Making your window cleaner from natural ingredients in your home helps to remove the harmful toxins like propylene glycol, Mirapol Surf S-210, Liquitint Sky Blue Dye, and many others, from your house. Using natural ingredients that you find in your home, also helps to eliminate dangerous chemicals from damaging the environment.
DIY Streak Free Window Cleaner Recipe
- ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
- ¼ rubbing alcohol
- One tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 cups water
- 10 drops essential oil (lemon, orange, or lavender work best)
Note: You can also use apple cider vinegar if you have that on hand.
One of the main complaints about many of the commercial window cleaners, other than the harsh chemicals, is that they tend to leave streaks on your windows.
This recipe which is similar to our homemade floor cleaner, uses several ingredients, including corn starch, which is what reduces the streaking, which you probably already have sitting in your pantry.
In a glass spray bottle, combine all the ingredients. Shake well to ensure the solution is thoroughly mixed.
It is essential to make sure the cornstarch is completely dissolved since it can clog the nozzle on your bottle otherwise. Spray the solution on the windows and wipe clean.
That’s a neat recipe. I’ve known about vinegar and water since that’s what we used to clean my Mom’s glass coffee table growing up. But a natural streak free recipe, I’m gonna try it! What have you used to clean your windows?