How to make your own eco-friendly window cleaner

How to make your own eco-friendly window cleaner

We’re always on the lookout for eco-friendly ways to keep your home clean. Today, we thought we would share one of our favourite ‘recipes’ for a DIY window cleaner that really works.

Not only is this eco-friendly, but it’s effective and won’t leave behind any streaks.

It’s so simple to make, and you probably have all of the ingredients in your home already. Here’s what you will need to make your own eco-friendly window cleaner in just a few minutes:

  • White vinegar
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Spray bottle

How to use your homemade window cleaner

  1. Take approximately 75ml of white vinegar and mix it with ½ tsp of washing up liquid. You can mix the solution directly in your spray bottle, or in a jar with a secured lid. If you’re short on white vinegar, this can be substituted for lemon juice. It’s not as effective but has a much nicer fragrance than vinegar.
  2. If you’re using white vinegar, try adding a few drops of essential oil to the solution. A couple of drops usually enough to replace the vinegar smell with something more pleasant. Anything more than this could be counterproductive and leave an oily residue on your windows.
  3. Add around 500ml of water to the mixture and give it a good shake.
  4. Once the mixture has been combined in your spray bottle, mist the glass surface lightly and you’re ready to go. You can use your DIY window cleaner on all glass and mirrored surfaces around the home.

Does homemade window cleaner work?

This recipe is tried and tested, and leverages the cleaning properties of a few environmentally-friendly household products. Here’s why it works:

  • Vinegar – White vinegar has a relatively high acid content, which gives vinegar its familiar sharp fragrance and flavour. The acetic acid is also great at cutting through grease and bacteria, replicating the cleaning power of various synthetic chemicals.
  • Lemon Juice – Similar to vinegar, lemons contain citric acid. This is stronger than the acetic acid found in vinegar, but in a much low concentration. Therefore lemon juice can still do a fantastic job of cleaning and shining glass surfaces, if you don’t have vinegar to hand.
  • Washing up Liquid – All dish detergents tend to be based on the same basic formula. They combine a variety of degreasing compounds that are designed to break down all types of grime on contact, which can be quickly and easily wiped away.
  • Essential Oils – Essential oils are concentrated solutions, so only a small amount is needed to produce a nice fragrance, without any detrimental effects to your DIY window cleaner. Choose natural fragrances over synthetic alternatives, as the latter can be an issue for allergy sufferers.

Cleaning your windows safely

Two important notes for the benefit of your health and safety:

  1. Even when using DIY cleaning products or those that contain 100% natural ingredients, remember to be mindful of health and safety. Washing up liquid and vinegar can cause irritation, so use personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves as if you were handling any other cleaning product.
  2. Under no circumstances should another household cleaning product be combined with your home made cleaning solution. The chlorine bleach found in some products can cause toxic vapours when mixed with vinegar.