How to make an inexpensive, natural glass cleaner
If you are anything like me your lovely windows are covered with fingerprints 99% of the time. High traffic zones at my place need regular cleaning. This incredible, inexpensive natural DIY glass cleaner is so easy to make using vinegar, the miracle ingredient. It’s an inexpensive, natural, non-toxic, antibacterial alternative. I buy it from the supermarket for a little over $1.
This cleaner is better than any conventional glass cleaner I have ever used and its capabilities don’t stop at glass. I love using this on non-porous bathroom surfaces (like my toilet, tiles, tapware. bathtub) as well as door handles and mirrors. It’s versatility means I have less products clogging up my cupboards and more space!
Does it smell like vinegar?
Yes and no. Essential oils help to fragrance the spray (and also boost its antibacterial, antiviral cleaning ability). Although the spray may initially smell like vinegar, it completely evaporates once dry.
You will need:
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup cooled boiled water
8 drops essential oils of choice (see suggestions below)
Spray bottle (preferably dark and glass to prolong life of the product)
- Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake gently to combine.
- Spray directly onto the surface and use microfibre cloths to polish and dry.
Choosing your essential oils
These are my favourite multipurpose essential oils for cleaning. I like to keep it simple and use oils which are versatile when it comes to both household and personal use. Read more about my go to essential oils here.
Lemon – Fantastic for tackling tough cleaning with antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-infectious properties. It’s scent is fresh and clean, boosting energy. Perfect for in the kitchen.
Eucalyptus – My favourite to use in the home. It is an all rounder powerhouse cleaner being antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral and a natural deodoriser. Perfect for all surfaces.
Lavender – Fights against viruses, bacteria and fungus all while leaving the most beautiful, calming smell. I love creating my own essential oil blends with lavender.
Peppermint – A refreshing, invigorating natural antiseptic which also happens to repel insects. Perfect to disinfect both kitchens and bathrooms.
I love to create blends using the above oils depending on my mood. Peppermint and lemon create a revitalising, stimulating scent. Lemon and lavender paired created a juicy, uplifting blend… The options are limitless.
I don’t use this spray on anything glass or mirrored. See my DIY natural glass cleaner. Castile soap can leave behind a white film when combined with hard water.
Like with anything, use caution when using essential oils and spot test inconspicuous surfaces first. Check with your manufacturer if in doubt.
Things you should never clean with vinegar
There are some surfaces and materials that can be damaged by vinegar. For these surfaces, try my 3 ingredient natural DIY multipurpose spray.
- Granite and marble surfaces. The acid in vinegar can wear away the finish.
- Grout. The acid can cause the grout to deteriorate more quickly. I like to use Gumption and a grout brush.
- Tech devices. The acid can ruin the coating on the screen (I know from experience much to the dismay of my husband!). A dry microfibre cloth does the trick.
- Waxed wooden furniture or floors. Although okay some of the time (as long as you thoroughly dry after cleaning) vinegar can cause wear over time.
Where to buy
It took me months of research to find the best fit for me. I source my oils from ECO. Modern Essentials who are Australian made and owned. These are 100% pure essential oils (to receive the full benefit, it’s important to purchase oils without synthetic ingredients). ECO. Modern Essentials is not an MLM (multi level marketing company) which means they are able to pass the best prices directly to the consumer versus having to pay high commissions to its recruits. No memberships are required to purchase. Buy what you need at the best price, when you need it. Use code SIMPLE10 for 10% off.
I head to Sassy & Arbee for my beautiful glass, pharmaceutical grade bottles with trigger spray closures. You are also able to customise your very own labels. Use code TSH10 for 10% off.
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