I’ll be honest keeping my house clean is a full-time job, which means I am exposed to a ton of different chemicals on a daily basis so few months ago I started moving away from conventional cleaners found in the grocery store and started using a combination of homemade and store-bought natural cleaners. All-Natural Glass Cleaner is among my favorite homemade cleaners, it does a super job of keeping my windows and mirrors sparkling clean and leaves behind a pleasant smell.
I have to admit, I am not a scientist or chemist, I have no idea what role the cornstarch plays, in the mix if you do know tell me, I am kind of curious! But it this recipe for glass cleaner is FAR more effective than any I have tried without cornstarch. I do know using alcohol and white vinegar together makes a super effective spray glass and mirror cleaner that can compete with the cleaning power of national brands, but both of these ingredients have distinct smells, so this cleaner does have a somewhat strong smell when initially sprayed, but it completely evaporates once it dries leaving only the scent of the citrus essential oil.
When cleaning, I prefer to use microfiber cloths to wipe down the windows, but old newspapers or t-shirts also work. Just avoid paper towels as they tend to leave lint behind. As you clean or when using your all-natural glass cleaner after it has sat for a little while, make sure to shake the mixture up before spraying, the cornstarch tends to settle to the bottom of the spray bottle, and can clog up the sprayer.
All-Natural Glass Cleaner
- 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol, 90%
- 1/4 c. white vinegar
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 c. warm water
- 8 drops of citrus essential oils
- Empty Glass Spray bottle
- 1 small funnel (helpful but not necessary)
- Measuring Cup
- Measuing spoons
- Combine everything in a spray bottle, and shake well.
- Shake well before using, as the cornstarch might settle at the bottom (and subsequently plug the spray mechanism if it’s not mixed in well).
Some good oils to try: Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, or a combination
- Getting Started with Homemade Cleaners (Resources, supplies and additional recipes)
- The Best Non-toxic Ways to Clean Your Home WebMD
- The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself–The Natural, Chemical-Free Way
Essential oils, while natural are highly concentrated and there are safety concerns associated with improper use of essential oils. Essential oils should be used with caution, as some can trigger allergic reactions if it comes into contact with skin for some individuals. Pregnant women should consult a doctor before using essential oils, and care should be taken to always store essential oils out of reach of children.
Saturday 9th of January 2016
I was born and raised in upstate New York! I love it there. Essential oils are awesome and great to have in our lives. Great idea for the cleaner.
Marissa D (@Reading_List1)
Thursday 21st of May 2015
Sounds like a great homemade cleaner. With a wide range of allergies in my house, I'm always searching for new cleaners that won't trigger anyone. Thanks for sharing, I was your link neighbor at The Not Just Homemaking Party this week.