There’s nothing I love more than a clean, clear, window. Natural light really transforms a space. But dirty, smudgy windows and glass can really make a room look sloppy! Even if you do clean them regularly, it’s hard to find a good smudge-free glass cleaner. Well, I’ve found it, and it’s green, easy, and costs less than $2 to make.
Windex does work really well, but I’m generally wary of any cleaning products that are a color and have a strong scent. Windex scores a D on the EWG’s guide to healthy cleaning– at minimum it causes skin and respiratory irritation, and its ingredients are terrible for aquatic life. It has two of my least favorite things in a cleaner- dye and artificial fragrance. I think we can agree that it’s just not something I feel comfortable using in my home- and with such a good alternative, why would you?
With only three ingredients, this homemade glass cleaner is so easy to make. It works on any type of glass- windows, mirrors, glass doors, etc. It’s super effective and streak free, every time. And it’s not causing you any negative health effects and you know EXACTLY what’s in it. Plus, it’s way cheaper than windex!
If you like this green cleaning recipe for homemade glass cleaner- check out my other recipes for green cleaning month!
I like to explain why I use each ingredient in my cleaning recipes. After all, if you know what’s in your cleaners, you should also know why they are there!
- Rubbing alcohol: Disinfects and evaporates quickly for that streak free shine
- Vinegar: Great at removing dirt and smudges
- Dish soap: For just a little extra kick to remove dirt and smudges
- Essential oils (optional): for scent (I used lemon in this recipe)
Ready for the recipe?
Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe
- 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 2 drops dish soap
- 2 cups hot water
- 5-10 drops essential oils (optional)
- Mix water, alcohol, vinegar, dish soap and essential oils
- Add to a spray bottle
- Spray on glass and wipe up with a microfiber cloth
Want to see just how great it is? My dog loves pressing his nose right on the sliding glass windows to watch passerby and always leaves smudges. I used this glass cleaner and the smudges were gone! At least until he put his nose up on the glass again 10 minutes later…
I just love a good green cleaning recipe that is super effective. You may not believe how great this cleaner is, but the alcohol really does make it streak free every time. I just love it!
I can’t get enough of my shiny clean windows and mirrors!
Let me know how making your own homemade glass cleaner goes for you!