Home Cleaning Tips: Make Homemade Glass Cleaner

This article will show you several ways to make your own glass cleaner.

Making your own homemade glass cleaner will not only give you a feeling of accomplishment it will also improve the way glass looks in your home. The first and most important tip needed when making and using homemade glass cleaner is that natural homemade cleaners will smear unless you first remove the chemical residue left behind from previous cleaners. The best way to remove this residue is to mix one fourth cup of castile soap, one cup of vinegar and one gallon of water in a large bucket. Wash all of the glass thoroughly that you plan to use the homemade cleaners on and wipe dry. In case you are not familiar with castile soap, it is a pure vegetable oil based soap that is very mild and environmentally safe. Castile soap can be purchased at any natural goods store or online.

If you are looking for a nontoxic alternative to your everyday glass cleaner, try using a few of the following recipe ideas. Plain warm water in a spray bottle or a small bucket is a very simple way to get nice clean glass. Use a sponge to wipe the glass and a lint free towel to buff the glass dry for a quick clean up. If you want to clean your glass with something that is stronger then water, try using full strength club soda instead. Stronger yet is a mixture of vinegar and water and it is still nontoxic. Depending on how strong you need the cleaner to be, mix it as follows: one fourth cup vinegar to one quart of water and one tablespoon of corn starch is optional, one cup vinegar to five cups of water, one eighth cup vinegar to one cup of water or one half cup vinegar to one gallon water. You can also do a mixture of one cup vinegar to one cup of water with a few drops of lemon juice mixed in.

If you are concerned that a nontoxic formula will not get you glass as clean as you desire it to be, then try mixing one cup of vinegar with one cup of ammonia, a tablespoon of mild detergent and warm water in a one gallon sized jug. Be sure to use a facemask and gloves when mixing and using this recipe to clean your glass. Another strong but toxic recipe to use is three fourths cup of water mixed with one tablespoon of vinegar and three tablespoons of ammonia. All recipes contain potentially toxic ingredients that must be treated with respect and never should be used by children.

To get the job of cleaning large windows done mix just a few drops of mild detergent such as castile soap in a large bucket of water, then use a large sponge to scrub the windows and squeegee them dry. To clean the windshield of your vehicle put one half cup of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and wipe the windows clean. Rubbing alcohol can also help eliminate the large amounts of fog that may gather on the inside of your windshield. To help eliminate the fog build up on your bathroom mirror use one half cup of rubbing alcohol mixed with one half cup of water, spray the mixture on to the mirror and wipe dry.

Always remember to label all of the containers that hold your homemade cleaners with the ingredients used and what the purpose of the cleaner is. Rubber gloves and facemasks are necessary when mixing all of the ammonia and alcohol recipe ingredients, but are optional when mixing the less noxious recipes. If there are small children in the house keep all of the cleaners out of their reach for safety reasons. If you use the recipes that contain ammonia, do not store them in the same place where you keep cleaners that might contain bleach.

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