I wanted to find an easy, non-toxic homemade glass cleaner that would work just as well as the commercial version. And, be so inexpensive that you’d be crazy to go pay $5.50 for it (that’s what a bottle of Windex® was going for at the store).
Homemade glass cleaner recipes generally start with vinegar and water, and then add alcohol and/or cornstarch. I know, cornstarch? But, having tried recipes of vinegar/water, vinegar/water/alcohol, and vinegar/water/alcohol/cornstarch, the last concoction is the clear winner – and it really works – you won’t miss the commercial glass cleaner. Here’s the recipe:
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 cups warm water
- Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
- Also shake well before using to keep cornstarch mixed and prevent it from clogging the spray mechanism.
So, how does it stack up on cost? Well, I figure $0.20 for the vinegar, $0.25 for the rubbing alcohol, $0.05 for the cornstarch, and our water is from a well (essentially free) – so a grand total of $0.045 for a bottle of glass cleaner – versus $5.50. Now I’m wondering what on earth they’re putting in the commercial stuff to make it cost so much?
Well, the bottle doesn’t identify what’s in it, but the Windex® website says it’s made of water, carriers (isopropyl alcohol, ethylene glycol), cleaning agents (2-Hexoxyethanol, ammonium hydroxide, Mirapol Surf S-210, Videt EGM), wetting agent (sodium C14-17 Sec-Alkyl Sulfonate), and dye (Liquitint® Sky Blue Dye) and does say to keep out of reach of children and pets.
Probably a lot of the costs are packaging and transportation, but at a savings of $5.00 for the non-toxic home version, we’re going to try the homemade kind!