Keeping your home clean does not require expensive commercial items. Forgo the toxic window cleaners filled with ingredients that will pollute your home, and create a cheap and easy homemade window cleaner. Use common and inexpensive household items that are nontoxic and can already be found in many home pantries.
Natural and nontoxic, vinegar will cleanse your windows without using harsh chemicals that leave fumes and residue behind. Furthermore, vinegar is safe to use around pets and children and will not discolor or damage fabrics. Pour 4 qts. of warm water in a bucket. Add 4 tbsp. of distilled white vinegar and mix thoroughly with a spoon. Store the mixture in a spray bottle marked "Glass Cleaner" and use the solution to keep your windows sparkling clean.
Found in many expensive commercial glass cleaners, ammonia will keep windows clear without unnecessary chemicals. Keep in mind that ammonia features a strong, pungent odor and you should only use it in a well-ventilated area. Fill a bucket with 6 cups of cool water. Add 2 cups of clear, non-sudsy ammonia and mix together with a long-handled spoon. Use the ammonia-water mixture to clean your windows.
You can find rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, in the health and beauty section of department and grocery stores. Make a cheap and easy window cleaner by mixing 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 cup of water. Add 1 tbsp. of distilled white vinegar and mix thoroughly with a spoon. Carefully pour the mixture into a spray bottle and mist the dirty windows with the homemade cleaner. Wipe the windows clean with a lint-free cloth.
Submerge a clean sponge in the homemade window cleaner and -- while holding the saturated sponge over the bucket -- wring out the excess liquid. Wash the windows in a circular motion until you have covered them with the homemade cleaner. Submerge a squeegee in the water-filled bucket and place the squeegee blade on the top left corner of the window. Pull the squeegee down the window in a reverse "S" shape. Lift the blade off the window and wipe the squeegee blade clean with a lint-free cloth. Submerge the squeegee into the water-filled bucket, place against the window at the top right corner, and pull down in a reverse "S" shape. Wipe the squeegee clean with the lint-free cloth. Continue using the squeegee until you have removed all traces of the cleaning solution.
- Organized Home; Pantry Cleaners: Recipes for Homemade Cleaning Products; Cynthia Ewer
- Health.com; Surprising Uses for Vinegar: Window Cleaner; Susan Hall; September 2008
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Tips for Cleaning Windows; Lorene Bartos; April 2007
- "Reader's Digest": Home and Garden Uses for Ammonia
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