For years I used plain vinegar to clean my bathrooms and mirrors. It worked fine (the smell is kinda awful but it dissipates quickly) but it wasn’t amazing.
When I moved here some kind soul gifted me with a bunch of cleaners, so I used Windex until I ran out last week. I’m not a huge fan of Windex and it’s chemicals either, so rather than buy more, I whipped some up.
I found this recipe over at Crunchy Betty (http://www.crunchybetty.com/battle-of-the-homemade-glass-cleaners) and while I’m not sure it deserves the status she gives it, it works pretty darn well.
Here’s how you do it:
Gather together some cornstarch, rubbing alcohol and vinegar. And an empty spray bottle. I used the one I had just emptied, but you can go out and buy one if you want. I like these:
Or you could get fancy and do this:
My friend Jesse would do that. I think I’ll just let her do it and then ask for one for Christmas.
Anyhow, mix together 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and 2 cups hot water (filtered, if possible) in the bottle.
Two tips: use a funnel, and put the cornstarch in first. This way the liquids will wash all the cornstarch down the funnel and into the bottle. Give it a shake, and voila!
Pros: It works well and it’s very cheap, especially if you have all the ingredients on hand. Also, no icky chemicals.
Cons: It smells like a 10th grade science lab. If you have bad memories of 10th grade science, you might want to steer clear. The smells goes away pretty quickly, though. Also while there aren’t any strange chemicals, I’m not sure breathing in alcohol and vinegar is real great, so maybe keep the little kids out while you’re cleaning.
On a related note, this is a really great idea:
Happy window cleaner making!