Jul 2 2010

Make Your Own……..Window Cleaner

Window cleaner is one of the easiest cleaning products to make. If you’re new to making your own cleaning products, this is a great one to start with.

Vinegar and water are not only far less expensive than store bought window cleaners, you’ll also be helping the environment by reusing the same container every time you make a new batch.

There’s no need to waste paper towels to clean windows. Newspaper works the best,  you can also use dish rags, or buy a squeegee at a hardware store. You can squeegee to the corners, then wipe off the squeegee with a rag.

Window Cleaner

2 Teaspoons Vinegar

23 oz. Water

4 Drops Essential Oil

If you get streaks with this recipe it’s because the commercial window cleaning products left a residue and you may need to add Castile Oil to the recipe the first few times.

Window Cleaner with Castile Oil is as follows………..

1/4 Cup White Distilled Vinegar

1/2 Teaspoon Castile Oil

2 Cups Water

4 Drops Essential Oil (if you choose)

Here are a few side notes that I put in all my home cleaning product posts…….

Why make your own home cleaning products?

1)  It’s good for your health. While you’re cleaning you come in contact with many different chemicals on your skin and through your mouth and nose.  It’s not just one exposure that is the concern, it’s the cumulative effect. Toxins build up in your body over time and are stored in our cells.

Store bought products contain safe amounts of each individual ingredient, but when mixed with many other cleaning supplies the combination may not be safe. If you make your own, you won’t be handling and inhaling toxic fumes while you clean.

2. It’s good for the environment – First, no more empty containers will be going into the recycling, or worse yet the trash. Second, no more harmful chemicals going down our drains and into the water supply.  Many municipal water filtration systems are not designed to remove those types of chemicals. Therefor, they end up back in our water supply. What comes around goes around – whatever we put down the drain will come back in one way or another.

A few things to keep in mind when working with homemade cleaning products…….

1)  Residue – The first few times you use home cleaning products (especially window cleaner) you may notice some residue. There are two reasons for this. First, there is build-up from your previous cleaner that becomes visible. Second, homemade cleaners require a little extra elbow grease. You will have to work that sponge or rag (hopefully not paper towel) a little more, but it’s worth it.

2) Essential Oils – Although they are natural, they can be quite potent, so make sure to wear gloves when working with Lavender and Tea Tree Oil.

2 Comments

  1. Emilie
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Posted By: Emilie

    I cannot find castile oil. I found some at a natural organic store but it was 11 to 13$ for 500ml. I wanted to make my own lawndry soap to be green AND to save money….but if I use castile oil. It will triple my cost. Any suggestions? I live in NB, Canada

  2. Elizabeth
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 12:30 am | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Hi – it is actually pricey. This is the own do it yourself cleaning product that is a little more expensive. However, it’s nice to know exactly what is going on your clothes to wash them, because after you wear and sweat in your clothes, all the chemicals, or lack of, go in your body through your skin. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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