Here are three natural glass cleaner recipes you can easily make for just pennies at home! They’re totally nontoxic, natural and safe for the whole family.
Why Make Your Own Glass Cleaner at Home?
1 – It’s cheap!
You’ll save so much money by making it at home. And since glass cleaners are so easy to make, you might as well make it at home.
2 – No Artificial Fragrances
Glass cleaners in the stores, like Windex, have always given me headaches. Why? They contain artificial fragrances.
I’ve written about the dangers of artificial fragrances many times here on the blog! Artificial fragrances can trigger asthma attacks, worsen allergies, and cause inflammation in the sinuses that can lead to more frequent colds and respiratory infections. Yikes! That’s why I prefer to scent my homemade products with essential oils.
Fake fragrances disperse particles of formaldehyde and phthalates (thy-lates) into the air. Phthalates are small particles of plastic that are used to bind the artificial fragrance molecules together. We then breathe in those tiny particles of plastic and they get into our nose and lungs – yuck!
Artificial Fragrance is a class of 3,000 different Chemicals
The term “artificial fragrance” stands for more than 3,000 chemicals and companies do not have to disclose which chemicals are included. So there’s no way of knowing if the chemicals in the product are safe for our health or not. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
3 – Because You Don’t Wanna Mess with Chlorine and Ammonia
Traditional glass cleaners contain both chlorine and ammonia which we breathe in when cleaning. These chemicals are known respiratory toxins and like fake fragrances, can trigger asthma, allergies and irritate your lungs, eyes, and cause headaches. Not only that, you’ll be getting them into your bloodstream through your skin. If you have children, you’ll have to worry about your children putting their mouths and hands on the windows and ingesting the chemicals that way!
These ingredients are poisonous and found in many glass cleaners:
- Isopropyl alcohol
Vinegar is completely safe and a very effective window and all purpose cleaner! However, we all know it kinda stinks. So you can make some citrus infused vinegar (see my tutorial on that here) to lessen the scent, add your choice of lovely smelling essential oils to it, or do one of the other two recipes I’ve added here.
Thieves Household Cleaner
I wrote a whole post (see it here) just about this one cleaner! It smells like Christmas (it contains lemon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and cinnamon essential oils) and is both a glass cleaner and all purpose household cleaner. It’s totally safe, biodegradable and nontoxic as well!Print
3 DIY Natural Glass Cleaner Recipes
Three all natural, nontoxic glass cleaner recipes using inexpensive ingredients.
LEMON VINEGAR RECIPE:
- 1 1/2 cups white distilled vinegar or club soda
- 1/2 cup water
- 16 oz. glass spray bottle
- 5–10 drops of Lemon essential oil
THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER RECIPE:
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE RECIPE:
- 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 16 oz. glass spray bottle
- Rubbing alcohol & cloth or cotton pad to remove smudges first
For the vinegar and alcohol recipes, mix the ingredients in the bottle and gently shake to mix. For the Thieves Household Cleaner recipe, pour the water in first and then add the cleaner last to keep it all from bubbling up. Done!
Get a Waterproof, Vinyl Label on Etsy!
You can purchase the recipe label in my Etsy shop! Click here to see it. The labels are professionally printed on vinyl, waterproof paper. Having the label on the bottle means you never have to look up the recipe again!