Non toxic glass cleaner that will give you a streak-free shine every single time. This DIY glass cleaner is made with 3 simple ingredients making it one of the easiest household cleaners you can make!
If you’re making the switch from store-bought cleaning agents to all natural products, homemade glass cleaner is a good place to start!
Making your own cleaning products is easy and so much cheaper than buying them! Vinegar and water are the main ingredients in almost all of my homemade cleaners. You can’t get much more simple than that! They’re staples in all of our homes.
The most common store-bought glass and mirror cleaners have ammonia as their main ingredient. Ammonia is toxic when inhaled in large amounts and can cause serious damage to your skin and eyes. Not exactly something you want to keep in reach of your children, right?!
Needless to say that’s a pretty good reason to start buying or making your own non toxic glass cleaner. You won’t have to worry about exposing your family to dangerous chemicals and synthetic fragrances any more!
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why you’ll like this homemade glass cleaner recipe
- Its all natural – this cleaner is made with only 3 natural ingredients, no artificial fragrance or harsh chemicals. Its a good choice to use around young children!
- Easy to make – all you have to do is add the ingredients to a spray bottle, top it off with 2 cups of water and shake. That’s it!
- Much cheaper than commercial window cleaners – it costs less than a dollar to make a 16 ounce spray bottle full of glass cleaner!
- Effective window cleaner – the important thing is it has to work, right? It works just as well at cleaning glass and dirty windows without any toxic chemicals as any traditional glass cleaner I’ve tried!
What you need to make non toxic glass cleaner
- vinegar – white distilled vinegar is a great non toxic cleaner! Its high acid levels can break down dirt, smears and smudges easily. Because vinegar doesn’t leave any residue when it dries, its a great ingredient to use on glass surfaces.
- castile soap – adding a little castile soap to DIY glass cleaner will help with any greasy or oily spots on your windows and mirrors, like fingerprints and little nose smudges. Castile soap is completely natural and non toxic.
- vodka – alcohol dries quickly and helps give you a more streak-free surface making it perfect for cleaning windows. Rubbing alcohol is a good substitute but it’s not completely non toxic like vodka is.
- distilled water – distilled water is what you want to use when you’re making homemade cleaners since using regular tap water, bacteria will start to grow inside your spray bottle before too long.
- essential oils (optional) – a few drops of essential oil is a great addition to this recipe, but you can leave it out if you want to. I like to use my homemade thieves essential oil because its known for its cleaning and germ fighting qualities. Lemon or orange oil are good options too.
- spray bottle – I prefer glass bottles since plastic contains some nasty chemicals that we don’t want in our all natural cleaning products.
how to make non toxic glass cleaner
Combine – In a glass spray bottle, combine the vodka, vinegar and castile soap. Add essential oil if you’re using it. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. Shake well.
tips for success
To Use – Spray the glass cleaner on the surface that needs it. Wipe the excess away and rub the surface with a clean microfiber cloth or paper towels.
To Store – Store this spray in a room temperature or cool, dark place for several months.
Variations – Try different essential oils for a fresh, clean smelling spray. Lemon, orange, thieves oil, clove or cinnamon would also add to the cleaning power of this spray.
Substitutions – Rubbing alcohol can be used in place of the vodka in this recipe. Dish soap will work instead of the castile soap in a pinch.
FAQ about non toxic glass cleaner
what can you clean with non toxic glass cleaner?
This cleaning solution isn’t just to clean windows! You can use it clean so many other things!
- glass cooktops
- glass windows
- shiny, hard surfaces
- stainless steel
- large surface areas like tables and countertops
is vinegar good for cleaning?
White distilled vinegar is a great non toxic cleaner! Its high acid levels can break down dirt, smears and smudges easily. Because vinegar doesn’t leave any residue when it dries, its a great ingredient to use on glass surfaces.
Vinegar does not disinfect much so mixing it with disinfecting essential oils such as cinnamon, tea tree, clove, lemon and eucalyptus will give you the best results.
Have you tried making thieves oil from scratch? It contains several of these disinfecting essential oils!
is vinegar safe to clean glass?
Vinegar is a good choice for cleaning glass because it gives you a nice streak-free clean. Its best to dilute it with water in a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.
Adding vodka or rubbing alcohol helps the cleaning spray dry faster so that it doesn’t drip as much.
can vodka be used for cleaning?
Vodka is a great addition to non toxic surface cleaners! Strong alcohols are effective at cutting grease.
Vodka is also a good alternative ingredient in DIY cleaners for people who are sensitive to the smell of vinegar or rubbing alcohol.
what are some store-bought options for a non toxic glass cleaner
If you’re not quite ready to jump into making your own cleaners, there are some great non toxic you can buy premade.
Seventh Generation is one of the best natural glass cleaners I’ve come across. Its a great place to start when you’re shopping for a safer choice than the leading window cleaner brands.
More Homemade Non-Toxic cleaners on the blog
If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy these other natural cleaner recipes on the blog!
- Thieves Multi Purpose Cleaner From Scratch
- Homemade Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- DIY Laundry Stain Remover Spray
- Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tablets
- DIY Leather Cleaner
I hope you love this recipe for non-toxic window cleaner! If you make it, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like using it!
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