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.
Simple Earthy Label
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