Sometimes the best things in life are free… or really, really cheap, like this natural glass cleaner recipe. I’ve experimented with many types of natural cleaners and have finally found natural options that are as good (or better) than conventional cleaners.
Natural Glass Cleaner
This natural glass cleaner was a pretty easy recipe to figure out after I got the tip to use vinegar from an elderly neighbor. Apparently, that is what everyone used in past generations and we’ve just been slow to figure it out. What’s old is new again, I suppose…
I was motivated to create a natural option for cleaning windows when I discovered my one-year-old licking a window one time. I wasn’t sure what was in my conventional glass cleaner but I was pretty sure I didn’t want her eating it. Also, with five professional Fingerprint On Windows Creation Experts, cleaning windows is sometimes a daily job at our house! I love that this cleaner is completely non-toxic so I can let the children help clean without worrying about them being exposed to chemicals.
Since taking the picture for the post, I also found large glass spray bottles and prefer to use those now. You can make your own with an empty glass apple cider vinegar bottle and a spray top.
This cleaner has a somewhat strong smell that completely evaporates once it dries. I prefer to use microfiber cloth to wipe down the windows now, but old newspapers or t-shirts also work. Just avoid paper towels as they tend to leave lint on them.
- 1 pint (2 cups) water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 10-15 drops essential oil (optional, but helps the vinegar smell)
- Combine ingredients in a spray bottle (preferably glass) and use as needed to clean window. I like to use a microfiber cloth to wipe windows clean with this recipe.
NOTE: If you have always used commercial window cleaner in the past, mix a couple drops of liquid castille soap or liquid dish soap in some of this mixture the first time you clean the windows to remove detergent residue.
Don’t want to make it?
I recently found Branch Basics, an amazing natural cleaner that is safe for even chemically sensitive people and that can clean the windows, your entire house, gets stains out of clothes, dirt out of grout lines, cleans an oven like magic and is safe to use on skin. In fact, it is tear free and I’ve been using it for baby shampoo! I’m addicted. You can find out more here. I even feel safe letting my kids clean with it!
If you are new to natural cleaning, check out these other easy recipes for cleaning your whole house without chemicals:
- Make Your Own Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent-Video Tutorial
- Natural Stain Treatment Reference Sheet [Printable]
- Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent
- Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
- Natural Oven Cleaning
- Easy Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe
- Natural Cleaning and Organizing Checklist
- Natural Bathroom Cleaning
- Natural Kitchen Cleaning
What’s your favorite natural cleaning recipe? Share below!