Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner

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We have a lot of windows and mirrors in our home, and LOTS of little fingers, which means we end up with lots of little glass smudges that need to be cleaned up on a regular basis! I take care of all those little fingerprints with my own homemade, all-natural glass cleaner. I also use this stuff like an “all-purpose” cleaner, for wiping down the bathroom counter, cleaning the kitchen appliances, etc.  Here is my recipe!
2 cups of water
½ cup of white vinegar
A little splash of castile soap (I don’t measure, but the amount is probably between ¼ and ½ teaspoon)
10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice (see note below)
Just mix all of the ingredients up in a clean spray bottle. You can re-use an old one from a commercial cleaner (just make sure it’s washed out well) or you can buy plastic spray bottles at any pharmacy or discount store.  Use this as you would any other spray cleaner!

Window Cleaner

Image: newlivinghouston via Flickr

The essential oil serves two purposes in this recipe. Mostly, it makes this stuff smell better, as the smell of the vinegar can be off-putting to some. But also, if you’re going to use this as an “all purpose” cleaner for counters and such, it’s nice to use an essential oil which has some antibacterial properties.  Here are some to try:
  • Tea Tree
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Clove
Please note, if you've been using commercial cleaners, you may find that you get a lot of streaks the first time you use this. That's the buildup from the old cleaners! Just keep re-spraying and wiping a few times to remove the buildup, and that should take care of it.
~Mama Jenney


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