Overview and Recipes
Do you think you can have clean windows with organic cleaners? Well, yes you can and without using harsh chemicals and fumes that will hurt you medically and harm the environment as well. After trying these organic window cleaner recipes you'll never want to go back to commercial chemical-based cleaners again. Below are recipes that can be made from common household ingredients.
White vinegar is mildly acidic and dissolves dirt and grime from smooth surfaces and yet very gentle to the glass in windows. Since it doesn't have any coloring agents it is safe to use and will not stain wooden or metal frames around windows. It is a natural deodorizer as well. Don't worry too much about the vinegar smell as it will evaporate and go away in a short time.
Easiest Window Cleaner to Make
- 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1 gallon warm water
Combine these two ingredients and place them into spray bottles. Spray the window well and remove the solution along with the dirt with a squeegee, newspapers, or paper towels. The new microfiber towels work well too, and since you can launder these, there is no waste to fill the landfills.
Recipe for Really Dirty Windows
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon organic liquid dish detergent
- 2 cups of water
Place these three ingredients into a spray bottle and squirt the windows and then dry with towels, newspapers, or paper towels. The liquid soap will help remove the grime and grease than can accumulate on windows.
Borax Window Cleaner
Borax is a safe powder that cleans and deodorizes surfaces. It can be found in the laundry aisle in your grocery store. The oldest brand is 20 Mule Team Borax. To make a window cleaner:
- 2 tablespoons borax
- 3 cups water
Spray or rub onto windows and dry with newspapers to avoid streaking.
Citrus Window Cleaner
The essence of lemons gives this organic window cleaner recipe a nice fragrance.
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Squirt of liquid organic dish detergent
- 1 gallon of water
Apply to windows and wipe dry with a microfiber towel or crumpled newspapers.