Sunday, March 4, 2012

Glass Cleaner- DIY

Here's our first green cleaner to add to your new homemade products.  I have to say that I am almost embarrassed to post this, as it is SOOOO simple.  Many of you savvy readers have probably been doing this one already.  For those of your novices, this is an excellent example of how SIMPLE it will be to start making your own cleaning solutions.

1 liter (1/2 gallon) Water
2 teaspoons White distilled vinegar
~1/2 teaspoon dish soap (optional)
few drops of essential oil (optional)
Spray Bottle

I buy my vinegar in these giant sizes as buying in bulk is both better for the environment (less packaging per ounce) and significantly cheaper.  Some have used other kinds of vinegar but this is easily accessible.

Easy Directions:
Mix the water and vinegar together.  The dish soap is the next to add.  Dish soap is really only necessary if you are new to switching over to homemade products.  The commercial brands (like Windex) put a wax film on your glass and mirrors. Without the dish soap, you'll have streaking.  After the wax has been removed (it may take 2-3 time of washing with your new solution), you don't need to have the dish soap.  Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lemon or tea tree oil are good ones!).

The solution is going to go in a spray bottle.  At this moment, I just have a clear plastic one but am looking into "greener" options.  If you have one you like, please let me know!  I would advise you to purchase a spray bottle of either good or at least decent quality.  This is a bottle you will hopefully be able to still be using for a long time.  The cheap plastic ones break so quickly and when you are cleaning, the last thing you want to do is to have a leaky bottle or one that doesn't spray well.

Some of you prefer to use crumpled up newspaper to wipe up the solution.  I use a few old rag socks.  But one of the best options are microfiber cloths.  If you have any old microfiber inserts from your diapers that you aren't using anymore, here's a chance to revive their use!!! The key is to wipe before it is dry to avoid streaking and to go up & down rather than in a circular motion.

At first, the room will have a vinegar scent.   But the smell disappears much faster than when you use other commercial brands.  If you use an essential oil, that scent remains for awhile after the vinegar smell is gone.  

Voila!   :)



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