DIY Lavender Lemon Glass Cleaner Without Rubbing Alcohol

6 materials
10 Minutes

This homemade and natural DIY glass cleaner is made without toxic rubbing alcohol. Instead, our easy to make recipe includes vinegar, essential oils, and gin for sparkling clean windows and mirrors without the chemicals.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Gin
  • White vinegar
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lemon (or lemongrass) essential oil
  • A funnel
  • A glass bottle with a spray nozzle

It's that simple! For exact measurements, please check out our full post here.

You're probably thinking... gin for cleaning windows? Yes! Apparently, it was a thing in the 1940s. Surprisingly, gin leaves glass surfaces streak-free and sparkling clean.

And the juniper and pine scent of the gin will complement the lemon and lavender essential oils beautifully.

Your entire room will smell fresh and clean without the use of any toxic chemicals!


  1. Using a funnel, add the gin and essential oils to a spray bottle. (Dark coloured bottles are preferable as they will protect your essential oils from UV light). We used a clear bottle in this post to feature the finished product, but your glass cleaner will fare better stored in dark glass.
  2. Remove the funnel and shake the bottle vigorously to disperse the essential oils into the gin.
  3. Using the funnel again, add the vinegar. Shake very well.

Remember to add the essential oils to the gin before you add the vinegar so that the essential oils disperse more readily. 

Why we don’t use rubbing alcohol in our DIY glass cleaner

Many DIY cleaning recipes include rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol). Personally, we never use rubbing alcohol in our natural cleaning recipes. Yes, it’s cheaper than gin, but if your main goal is to clean without toxins, then we recommend skipping the rubbing alcohol in your cleaning products.

If you understandably want to save money, you’re better off sticking to plain old vinegar and water for glass cleaning. A vinegar and water recipe is still economical, but not toxic or flammable.

For more info about this DIY and even more green cleaning recipes, be sure to check out our blog post here.

Happy Cleaning!

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