Homemade Window Cleaner

One of the most popular homemade cleaning products is a window cleaner which is made of equal parts white vinegar and water.  This ‘recipe’ was probably used by your grandma and great-grandma before the invention of Windex.  

Why is it so popular?  

  • Only two ingredients
  • Doesn’t leave streaks on windows
  • EXTREMELY cheap!
  • Can be used on more than just windows

Save your old Windex spray bottle, wash it out  and fill it will equal parts white vinegar and tap water.  Viola! 

Are you worried about the vinegar smell?  Don’t fret!  Because the vinegar is cut with water, it is not as noticeable.  After a few minutes, the solution dries and the smell disappears with it too.  I promise after about 30 minutes, your house will NOT smell like a Fish N’ Chips restaurant.

Homemade Glass Cleaner with Vinegar & Water. COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADERWhere Can I Use the Homemade Window Cleaner?

  • Windows
  • Mirrors
  • Tile or Vinyl Flooring
  • Tabletops
  • TV screen
  • Kitchen Counters!  (Vinegar is a disinfectant and obviously safe to use around food.  Some where I read that if you spray vinegar and let it sit 5 minutes it kills 99 percent of bacteria, a bunch of mold spores and a bunch of viruses.)
  • Toilet Bowl (I just spray and give a little scrub and it is good as new)
  • Bathroom counters & sinks
  • Shower/Tub (I use it as a quick wipe down of the tiles in between deep cleanings)
  • Car dashboards and insides
  • Cleaning baby toys & surfaces
  • Wiping down garbage cans
  • Cleaning baseboards (that aren’t wood)
  • Cleaning the inside and outside of the refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • and More!

 

Cost Comparison:

  • Windex: $4.29 per 26oz or $.165 per ounce
  • Generic Window Cleaner:   $2.49 per 26oz or  $.096 per ounce
  • Homemade Window Cleaner:  $.32 per 26oz or $.01 per ounce

The Breakdown:

  • 13oz. of White Vinegar = $3.12 per gallon = $.02 per ounce = $0.26
  • 13oz of Tap Water = $0.59 per gallon = $.0046 per ounce = $0.06
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    Total:  $0.32 per 26oz or $.01 per ounce

 

 

 

Have you ever looked at the ‘ingredients’ on Windex?  They are as follows:  “Water, Carriers, Cleaning Agents, Wetting Agent, Fragerance, Dye.  SCJ Formula #35*14153.”   I am not sure what is worse, listing ingredients I can’t pronounce or listing generic terms and still have no clue what it is made of.   Cleaning Agents?  what does that even mean and what are they?   To find out I had to do a little research since it wasn’t plainly posted on their product.  Here is the exact ingredients from the SC Johnson website: Windex Ingredients.Have you ever looked at the ‘ingredients’ on Windex?  They are as follows:  “Water, Carriers, Cleaning Agents, Wetting Agent, Fragerance, Dye.  SCJ Formula #35*14153.”   I am not sure what is worse, listing ingredients I can’t pronounce or listing generic terms and still have no clue what it is made of.   Cleaning Agents?  what does that even mean and what are they?   To find out I had to do a little research since it wasn’t plainly posted on their product.  Here is the exact ingredients from the SC Johnson website: Windex Ingredients.Have you ever looked at the ‘ingredients’ on Windex?  They are as follows:  “Water, Carriers, Cleaning Agents, Wetting Agent, Fragerance, Dye.  SCJ Formula #35*14153.”   I am not sure what is worse, listing ingredients I can’t pronounce or listing generic terms and still have no clue what it is made of.   Cleaning Agents?  what does that even mean and what are they?   To find out I had to do a little research since it wasn’t plainly posted on their product.  Here is the exact ingredients from the SC Johnson website: Windex Ingredients.Save

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