Using homemade cleaning supplies saves money. Most ingredients can be found in your kitchen cupboards. They are also non-toxic, which protects both your home and the environment. Recipes for window washing are easy to whip up. If you use a spray bottle, rinse the nozzle well after each use so it does not become clogged. Use natural linen towels, a squeegee or a crumpled piece of newspaper to polish the windows. If you are sensitive to newspaper ink, look in the craft section of a store for newsprint without the ink.
To polish your windows, use an up-and-down motion for one side, and side-to-side motion for the other side. This way, you can tell which side needs more polishing. Some of the common ingredients have different properties. White vinegar dissolves grease and mineral deposits. Borax powder disinfects and deodorizes. Look for borax in the laundry aisle. Baking soda is mildly abrasive and deodorizes. Dishwashing liquid soap cuts waxy residue that is left by commercial cleaning supplies.
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water. Spray on the mixture and dry it with a soft cloth. To remove hard water spots on your windows, wipe them with undiluted vinegar. Another simple recipe is to add 2 tbsp. of borax to 3 cups of water. Or, add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice or 4 tbsp. of baking soda to 1 qt. of water. Apply the mixture to the windows, and dry it with a soft cloth.
Mix 3 tbsp. of cornstarch, ½ cup of white vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water. If you have a lot of windows to clean, add 1 tsp. of dishwashing liquid to a bucket of warm water. Wash with a soft cloth. Use a clean sponge-mop or a rag over a broom handle to reach the tops of the windows. Rinse with a hose or a rinse rag. If there is a lot of wax build-up, mix ½ tsp. of liquid dishwashing detergent, 3 tbsp. of vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and apply it to the windows. Dry the widows and polish away any streaks.