I’ve been making my own cleaning products for a long time now. When I run out of something, I can make more giving me an excuse to snap some pictures and blog about it! I recently ran out of glass cleaner so had to make some more – hence, this post on homemade glass cleaner. Check out this pin from Pinterest.
It links to an article about why it is better to use homemade cleaning products rather than the chemical laden store bought cleaners or the extremely expensive “safer” store bought cleaning products. That in itself explains two very good reasons for making the switch to homemade: 1.) non-toxic and 2.) MUCH cheaper!
My reason for making the switch a while back was to get as many toxins out of my environment as possible. A lot of people don’t think about the fact that their environment is just as responsible for their health as the things they put in and on their body is. Since this post is specific to glass cleaner, I’m going to list some of the chemicals that are commonly found in store bought glass cleaners along with the ill effects they have on our health.
- Ammonium Hydroxide – Ammonium hydroxide is a caustic inorganic base. Ammonium hydroxide may produce tissue damage on mucous membranes, particularly the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Repeated or prolonged exposure to ammonium hydroxide can lead to health deterioration through accumulation within human organs. Inhalation of the spray mist may produce severe irritation of respiratory tract, characterized by coughing, choking, or shortness of breath. Inflammation of the eye is characterized by redness, watering, and itching. Skin inflammation is characterized by itching, scaling, reddening, or, occasionally, blistering. Severe over-exposure can result in death.
- Hexoxyethanol – Ethoxyethanol is an ether alcohol. It is a known human toxicant. Animal studies have shown it to be toxic at low doses. There has been evidence of hexoxyethanol causing gastrointestinal, liver, kidney, cardiovascular, and blood toxicity.
- Fragrance – This ingredient that is in so many glass cleaners is a known skin irritant. It can cause allergies, nervous system effects, respiratory effects, and organ toxicity. A problem with the ingredient “fragrance” is that you don’t know what ingredients are in that fragrance, and most of them are extremely toxic and damaging to our health.
- Butyl cellulose – This ingredient is neurotoxic. It can cause such symptoms as cough, confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea, skin and eye irritation, and fatigue.
These are some of the worst ingredients that are commonly found in glass cleaners. There are other harmful ingredients lurking in these glass cleaners as well. All of which can cause disturbing and yes, sometimes even fatal symptoms! Wouldn’t you rather use something that is safe and effective that you don’t have to worry about poisoning you?
Like I said, I started making my own cleaners quite a while ago, so that means, I’ve tried quite a few different concoctions. I am a proud neat freak, so whatever I use, it has to work really well, and when it comes to glass cleaner, streaks are unacceptable! Some different things I’ve tried are as follows:
- Vinegar and water: The white vinegar in this is great for killing germs, but didn’t work so well as a glass cleaner as it left streaks and cloudiness, and if there were any spots on the glass, I really had to scrub to get them off.
- Rubbing alcohol: This was a little better in terms of getting rid of spots, but again, the glass didn’t look completely clean when I used rubbing alcohol alone. It still had a bit of cloudiness to it.
- Water, Vinegar, and Lemon juice: Just no. This one didn’t work well at all for glass, and it even left a little bit of a sticky residue behind that I had to use another cleaner to get rid of.
- Hydrogen peroxide: This works okay in a bind. But I did notice some cloudiness left behind. If this is all you have on hand, it will do, but you can do much better.
- Water, Vinegar, and rubbing alcohol: This worked pretty well, and is great if you only have these three ingredients on hand.
- THE WINNER: After trying MANY different mixtures, the one I found to work the best is the ingredients from #5 with some cornstarch added in! Isn’t that so weird? I read that cornstarch is a good ingredient in window cleaner, and was incredibly skeptical at first, but once I added this magical ingredient to my recipe, my glass has never looked better – and that includes when I used to use the bad chemical laden cleaners! Seriously, you have to try this recipe for glass cleaner – I was mesmerized with the result! It also works great as an oven surface cleaner – it will make your oven sparkly clean!
Before I go into the recipe, a quick note about the smell of this cleaner. I absolutely HATE the smell of vinegar. I use it in so many different cleaning concoctions that I normally add essential oils not only for their cleaning ability, but also to cover up the smell of vinegar. However, when it comes to the glass cleaner, I have to advise not to use any essential oils as it can cause streaks and cloudiness. This particular recipe doesn’t smell too terribly. I think the rubbing alcohol and corn starch somehow even out the odor of the vinegar, especially since there is only a very small amount of vinegar in it. If there is a little bit of a smell to it, I promise it goes away shortly after you use it, so your house won’t smell like a pickle.
Alright, here we go!
HOMEMADE NON-TOXIC GLASS CLEANER
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 2 cups warm water
Okay this is the really hard part (insert sarcasm here). Just pour each of these ingredients into a spray bottle, label the spray bottle if desired, shake to mix well, and you’re ready to go!
It takes about 5 minutes to throw this together, and this will last you a while (unless you live in a glass house, then it might not last as long 😉 ). The ingredients are cheap, cheap, cheap, and best of all, this is so much better than the toxin filled glass cleaners. At least give it a try – if you’re like me, you will be extremely surprised at how well this stuff works!!! Enjoy! 🙂