Well, as usual, I’m back to cleaning. Isn’t that always the way? I am intent on doing a complete cleaning cabinet makeover so I guess I’ll just pick up where I left off. And the next casualty is…
…Glass Cleaner. Oh you thought you were safe with that one, huh? Sorry but… no. And not just because it has some wacky stuff in it but because it costs almost $5.00 a bottle. Say what??
I’ve tried lots of variations of homemade glass cleaner over the years with varying results. Vinegar and water (probably what your grandma used) left streaks. Water, vinegar and ammonia smells bad and also left streaks. Straight water doesn’t clean and straight vinegar smells like, well, straight vinegar. Rubbing alcohol helps the spray to dry faster so your not spending forever wiping down your bathroom mirror and that sounded good to me. I had heard that cornstarch was actually a good ingredient in glass cleaner which seems weird but since I wanted to add lemon essential oil, the cornstarch would act as an emulsifier so I jumped on board.
By mixing the cornstarch and essential oil together you create an emulsion which means the oil won’t separate and sit on top of the water. You don’t have to add the lemon essential oil but I love it’s cleaning and disinfecting properties so I highly recommend it. Plus it smells great. I am an essential oil snob and only use the purest so it’s always therapeutic grade oils for me! If you don’t want to use the essential oil just skip this step and the cleaner will still work great.
Next you’re going to mix the rubbing alcohol into the cornstarch mixture because creating a liquid is the only way to get the cornstarch down that little hole at the bottom of the funnel. Genius, huh? Just make sure you mix it up good and smooth.
I am not a distilled water fanatic but I do recommend it here for the same reason I told you to use it for the All-Natural Room & Linen Spray. Tap water has some weird floaters in it sometimes (see note) and you don’t want that stuff on your mirrors or windows. Better safe than sorry and it will only cost about a buck for a gallon. After your done you can use it to make the All-Natural Room and Linen Spray.
Note: With the EPA’s permission, all municipalities have an allowable amount of fecal matter in their tap water. You heard me–fecal matter. If that weren’t enough there’s also chemicals,fertilizers, pesticides and bacterial contaminants. Go ahead, request a report. After you read the report put a few drops of therapeutic grade lemon essential oil into your next glass of water so it can kill all the nastiness in there. You’re welcome.
The best thing about All-Natural Glass Cleaner? It works as well as any store-bought glass cleaner. Second best thing? You can make it in less than 5 minutes. Third best thing? It cost about 75 cents. Take that extra 4 bucks you saved and go buy yourself something pretty. You deserve it:)
All-Natural Glass Cleaner
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
1 tbsp. cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
8-10 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
1 1/2 cups distilled water
Using a funnel to add the vinegar to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle. In a small bowl place cornstarch and essential oil. Mix until well combined. Add rubbing alcohol and mix until smooth. Use funnel to add mixture to spray bottle. Put distilled water in a microwave-safe container and heat for 30-45 seconds until warm. Using funnel add water to spray bottle. Place spray top on bottle and shake vigorously. Always shake well before use.