Working in research, I have to constantly be aware of all the things we use that are carcinogenic and a certain level of safety is always in effect. But, I realize, at home, I am not so aware. I don’t do anything to change the amount of toxins that are present at home that we encounter on a daily basis, the biggest one being cleaning products.
I would like to change that. On this blog, I will be adding recipes for natural, DIY cleaning products, starting off with a DIY Natural Window Cleaner, perfect for mirrors and windows.
Making your own cleaning products has many benefits, including being aware of what is in the product as well as saving a ton of money, since they are fairly inexpensive to make. And for those out there that aren’t into DIY projects, this recipe for a natural window cleaner is fairly quick to make. Less than 1 min to prepare, so give it a go.
Okay, so while researching homemade natural cleaning products, I realized that there a select few ingredients that are commonly used. In today’s recipe, we will be using the following and I did a little research as to how they work and why they are necessary for a natural Window Cleaner.
First up is Vinegar. I always see on Pinterest that vinegar is an effective natural cleaner and I know some of my friends use it as well. Vinegar is effective in removing microbial contamination and is best used as a rinse to help disinfect a surface after you have cleaned it with a soap based cleaner.
Rubbing Alcohol. In research labs, we often use alcohol to precipitate DNA because we know that DNA is insoluble in isopropyl alcohol. But, in household cleaning, we are not interested in this property. Instead, we use it for its ability to disinfect and kill bacteria, fungi, and virus. You can omit this if you would like in this recipe.
Finally, cornstarch is used to prevent streaking. The surfaces of glass are not perfectly smooth so when water is sprayed on, the water molecules get caught in these microscopic holes. Streaking occurs when water clings to itself through hydrogen bonding. Cornstarch works by disrupting these hydrogen bonds to prevent the streaks.
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups water
essential oils of choice (I used lavender, peppermint, and sweet orange)
Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle.
Shake to mix and spray onto window or glass and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.