Thursday, September 9, 2010

Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

Ok. So I realize that this post does not sound very exciting.

And maybe it isn't.

But since I love to make things, all things, I find it pretty cool that you can make your own glass cleaner at home, that it only has three very natural ingredients in it, and that it works just as well as the chemically sprays like Windex. I realize that Windex has that "green list ingredients" sticker on it now, but just look at the stuff. It's electric blue.

The cleaning agent in this spray is vinegar. Vinegar is an amazing substance with a thousand and one uses. It's been employed since ancient times [it is mentioned multiple times in the Bible and has been found in ancient Egyptian urns] as a cleaning tool, medical aid and condiment. The natural acid in it cuts through grease and grime and makes your salads and potato chips extra scrumptious.

The sharp smell of the peppermint oil works to mask the sharp smell of the vinegar. If you can't find essential oil, you could also use peppermint extract from the baking aisle. You'll need to use slightly more extract, about 1.5 - 2 tsp. You could use other scents too if you want, but sharp ones work the best. Lemon would probably work too. You could even mix lemon and mint together.

When you use this on glass, it might look smeary at first because the water has to evaporate. Just wipe it until the smears magically disappear, leaving behind sparkling crystal clear glass.

Peppermint Glass Cleaner
Materials Needed:
distilled white vinegar
.5 - 1 tsp peppermint essential oil
empty spray bottle

1. Fill the spray bottle 1/3 full with vinegar.
2. Add the essential oil. Essential oil is strong, so start with a smaller amount first and add more if you still smell the vinegar when the spray is finished.
3. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. Screw on the top and shake well. Use like you'd use Windex, shaking well before each use.


  1. ok now i still haven't made my poor daughter her fried pickles..but i am SO going to do this. a neighbor of mine has a cleaning business and came over and got spots out of my carpet that i had a hard time with...with a vinegar cleaner like this!! now that's exciting. haha!

  2. Great "recipe" and I like your bottle!

  3. Just tried this with Lemon/Eucalyptus essential oil, and it works fabulous! Love it. Thank you!

  4. so good to hear! i bet that smells good.


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