Homemade Glass & Mirror Cleaner: 17 Days of Natural Cleaning

When I was testing glass and mirror cleaners I was nearly batty trying to find one that worked as well as the blue stuff you can get in the supermarket.  I tried plain vinegar and water and that didn’t work so I moved on to other multi-ingredient recipes. I did find a few that worked great on glass but then left streaks on mirrors or vice versa but I wasn’t interested in having two separate solutions for cleaning them. Finally, my almost sis-in-love (law), Tori, found the winning solution. She is one semester away from achieving her masters in environmental engineering. I figured she needed a test or two. 😉

While doing research we discovered that both ammonia and isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol are very dangerous to use. Both are highly toxic to breathe and when they come in contact with the skin they can do great damage.That is why I chose to use the vodka. I had remembered reading somewhere that you could use other forms of alcohol and I had some vodka left from my last round of making homemade vanilla extract so I tried it.  It is a naturally occurring substance and it is not dangerous as a household cleaner. It got my windows and mirrors cleaner than they have been in a while and the drying time was fast! I also liked that it did not leave streaks.

I can understand that some may not want to use vodka or have it in their homes but if you have any commercial window cleaner in your home then you already have a bottle of alcohol. It is the basis of the cleaner. To us, vodka is a tool for cleaning and preserving, nothing more. It is not the product itself that is bad. It is how you choose to use it. Just like all of our cleaners, we keep it locked away and out of reach.

Homemade Glass & Mirror Cleaner

  • 3/4 cup of distilled water
  • 1 tsp castile soap
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup alcohol (vodka)
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil

Add all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake gently. To use, spray on glass or mirrors and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

Download Homemade Glass & Mirror Cleaner Labels

For best results, print on mailing labels or Avery sticker paper. After adhering to bottle, use contact paper over the label to give it added protection.





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  1. Hi Amy,
    Your OLD friend Allison here. I was wondering if you can use ANY grade/price point when it comes to Vodka. Cheap stuff ok? God Bless

  2. Audrienne says:

    Do I increase vinegar qty if I’ve accidentally pour Too much washing soda?

  3. I just found this when I was searching for a homemade all purpose cleaner and it looks like I hit the jackpot! 🙂 Their are a lot of other sites with recipes, but none that seem to have done all the research and know the reasoning behind things. Now for my question….Is there a reason behind the distilled water for this one or would regular tap water be ok? Thanks so much for this!

    • Hi, Dawn! Yes, there are very good reasons behind the distilled water. Regular tap water contains many different chemicals including chlorine and fluoride. These various chemicals can alter the ph balance of the cleaner rendering it unable to remove germs or clean. What’s worse, it could mix with the vinegar and cause hazardous gases. It is best to use the distilled water.

      You can find reports about your faucet water by searching here: http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/locate/index.cfm.

  4. What is the best solution for cleaning really spotted and dirty glass shower doors?

  5. Great! Another use for the Vodka, I have leftover from Vanilla! 🙂

  6. I’m so glad you’re sharing your research here. It’s giving me the “courage” to give natural cleaners another try. 
    I have a question. Do you know of a source for safe candles that would have a food scent, like vanilla or apple?

    • Beth, I make candles myself using beeswax and essential oils. It is very easy. I’ll have a full post about it coming up in this series. You simply melt the beeswax, add the essential oils, put a lead free wick in a container and then pour the beeswax in. There is vanilla essential oil so you could use that. There isn’t a pure apple essential oil but I’m thinking you may want to try some of the other essential oils that have fruity smells. They are quite similar to the artificial apple smells of other candles. Or, if you prefer the apple pie scent you can combine the vanilla, cinnamon leaf, and lemon verbena essential oils for a scent that is very similar.

      Something else I do is save my apple peelings. I let them dry on the counter and then save them for when I want an apple smell. Then I put them in some water on the stove with cinnamon and vanilla essential oil and one dried orange peel. I let it simmer for a couple of hours and it is fabulous!

  7. We have one of those steam cleaners that you just add water too and it has a squeegee attachment. It works great but I hate dragging it out more then once a week or every other week. I might just have to try this for in between when there are little handprints all over the windows. Thanks Amy – I’m LOVING this series!!!

    • Thanks so much, Alaina! I’ve heard of the steam cleaners and I thought the same thing–that it might be a bit of a hassle. The vodka actually disinfects along with the vinegar and essential oils so this is a great cleaner and germ buster.


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