This is the best DIY homemade, streak free, all natural, non toxic window cleaner. It’s easy to make and uses simple ingredients like vinegar and alcohol. This window spray is for outdoor and indoor use. Perfect for moms with little people who can’t stop licking the window.
Green Cleaning Swap: Day Two
DIY Window Cleaner
Oh, windows. In a house full of children.
Yesterday in my post I talked about those finger-licking kids that reach out to touch ME or various surfaces (thus why you need THIS). Today, those finger-licking kids reach out and touch windows.
Crystal clear windows.
This might sound weird, but I actually don’t mind smudges on the windows.
We live in our house. Smudged windows happen when there’s lots of life and little people and snot-nosed dogs running about.
But everyone has their limit, and when you can’t see out of the window because the grime is so bad, it’s time to clean, mama.
Ok, my threshold isn’t that high. I usually clean my windows before it gets that bad.
Ok, here’s an honest before and after.
So, it was pretty bad. But look at the amazing job this diy window cleaner did! Just one wipe down, for serious.
Sometimes you do have to use this spray twice, but I found that to be the case even with Windex.
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No matter what your windows looks like, if you’re itching to clean ‘em, I’ve got a DIY window cleaner recipe for you.
Regular store-bought window cleaner is usually a rather toxic concoction. Not to mention, blue. Blue. Why do we need to add dye to cleaner? That’s an artificial component that is unnecessary and just one more thing that we don’t need sitting on the surfaces of our homes.
Do your kids lick windows?
I don’t know what goes on in your house, but my kids have this urge to lick any window they can. I’m not sure what it is about windows that make kids want to lick ‘em, but I can’t even tell you how many times “get your tongue off the window” has left my lips.
They just can’t not lick it.
And then there’s the age-old window-raspberry face. You know what I mean? They stick their faces up against that window and blow a raspberry against the glass, with spit and snot going all over the place.
I’m laughing and shaking my head simultaneously as I write this.
I did it as a kid. It was hilarious. I don’t want to completely rob my kids of harmless fun.
So, window clean I must.
But because my kids lick windows and stick their faces up on them, I don’t want any window-cleaner residue to be left behind that is toxic for them.
The most well-known store-bought window cleaner contains ammonia based ingredients, right along with fragrance. Synthetic fragrances are the most widely used in store-bought household products because they’re inexpensive. But these fragrances can cause hormone disruption, respiratory illnesses, and even cancer. Just little ol’ fragrance.
That’s enough to get me excited about homemade window cleaner!
You’ll just need 2 ingredients, plus water, for the best window cleaner. No essential oils. Nothing fancy.
Just alcohol and vinegar.
For the alcohol, I’ve found rubbing alcohol works the best. But you can also use some high-proof vodka left over from this recipe.
- Place all of the ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake. I highly suggest using glass bottles like these ones when storing anything that contains alcohol or vinegar. Both can damage plastic bottles
- You’re already done!
To Use Your DIY Window Cleaner
Mist over window or mirror and immediately wipe with a dry cloth in a circular motion.