Eco Homemade Glass/window Cleaner

4 Materials
10 Minutes

Lots of people are trying to move away from all the chemicals found in most cleaning products around. I definitely am! I don't want my family to be constantly breathing in nasties when it can be easily avoided. Here is an easy, eco friendly window cleaner :-)

So this is all you'll need (plus boiled water). Distilled white vinegar, a spray bottle, cornflour (this is optional but I do find it gives more of a shine to the finish when it's included) and an essential oil of your choice.

Firstly, fill a small cup/container with the distilled white vinegar. The amounts don't need to be specific. Roughly 1/4 of the spray bottle you're using should be vinegar.

Half fill your bottle with cool boiled water, then add the vinegar (again, measurements don't need to be exact. You can more than half fill the bottle with water if you wish. Just make sure there is enough air space left in the bottle that you can give it all a good shake to combine ingredients at the end).

Next, add your essential oil. I've chosen lemongrass because it's lovely and fresh. Any smell will work fine. This ingredient is optional but hides the vinegar scent well. I added 15 drops to roughly 700ml liquid.

Now,add 1tsp cornflour. As I said, leave this out if you want to or if you don't have any. It adds more of a shine to the finish when cleaning but it's not essential.

Give everything a really good shake to combine all ingredients.

Voila! Done. A lovely, eco friendly window cleaner. Keep reading for before and after of my patio doors...

Before. Excuse the state of the garden. Super high winds around where I live at the moment. Nothing is in its proper place!

After! Clean and shiny :-)

For more eco tips please visit plastic_what_you_preach on instagram :-)

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  • Tess Tess on Apr 20, 2020

    Can cornstarch be used instead of flour ?

  • Janice DeLong Janice DeLong on Feb 27, 2021

    Why do you boil the water? I've used vinegar and water for years and just added water straight from the tap. Never had a problem.

  • Sarah Sarah on Jul 07, 2021

    How long does this mixture last in the bottle when you have some leftover.


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  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 22, 2021

    I really like the fact that you didn't run out and fix the blown over stuff in your yard:) There are so many sites that say "I just painted this one wall and look at my room now!", and you see new furniture, rugs, pictures, etc., that have absolutely nothing to do with the painted wall! And, I see from the movement of the sun on your neighbours roof that this window cleaning didn't take you that much time at all. Thanks for keeping it real. I can hardly wait to make this mixture. I have so many 'cat ovals' on my windows that need to be cleaned off. Cat ovals are where the cats noses hit the glass when they jump up on the windowsill :) Yeah, they pretend they don't hit the window, but they do. Big liars! :)

    • LindaLee Furstenwerth LindaLee Furstenwerth on Feb 26, 2021

      I agree I was thinking looks like my yard we get really strong winds in early spring and fall. I also have cat ovals on my windows and was thinking I would also try this and lemon EO is also a good cleaner was thinking maybe the same with lemongrass

  • Patty Patty on Mar 04, 2021

    Thanks for the tips. Definitely a difference in the window.