Switching To Green Cleaning: Glass & Window Cleaner

Dec 30, 2018 | Green Cleaning | 0 comments

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Switching to Green Cleaning:  Natural Glass & Window Spray

Growing up, I remember my parents using a bright blue liquid to clean the mirrors and windows in our home. Unfortunately, checking out the ingredients list as an adult I was completely shocked to see a common household item carry a few severely harmful ingredients.

So I did what any responsible adult would do. That’s right! I kept using it because I had no idea what else to use…

With all the pinnable ideas out there, making the switch from toxic products to more natural products can become overwhelming. Although it is quite tempting to try all of the green cleaning and natural recipes out there, it is hard to find those that actually get the job done. Luckily, I’ve done my share of research and experimentation.

What is Green Cleaning?

Simply put, green cleaning means using cleaning products and practices that are safe for us, our loved ones, and our planet. 

The easiest way to determine which products are safe to use is to access resources provided by consumer watchdog groups like the Environmental Working Group. I aim to only use ingredients and products that have an A or B rating.

If you haven’t yet, read my Beginners Guide to Green Cleaning, where I explain everything you need to know about green cleaning.

Green Cleaning Effectively

Using effective green cleaning tools in combination with eco-friendly and effective cleaners will ensure a squeaky clean home in no time! 

Making your own cleaners can be the greenest option because you can control the ingredients. This way you can ensure they are safe and eco-friendly, while also being cost-effective and time-efficient! 

But most green cleaners fail because they use the wrong ingredients for the task or the wrong combinations. 

Some mixtures combine ingredients that neutralize their cleaning effect while others create chemicals reactions that make an even bigger mess or become dangerous.

To Green Clean Effectively You Need To Know:

  • Which eco-friendly cleaning tools will make your life easier 
  • Which ingredients are safe and eco-friendly 
  • How to use natural cleaning ingredients
  • Which ingredient combinations to NEVER mix
  • Which cleaning combinations are effective for certain tasks

If you want to start off on the right foot, grab my FREE Ebook that I wish I’d had when I was a green cleaning beginner! 

 

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Natural Glass & Mirror Cleaning Ingredients

These are my favorite natural ingredients to make an effective glass & mirror cleaner.

White Vinegar

Although the smell can be pungent at first, natural white vinegar is a staple in a green and natural home’s cleaning toolkit. 

Use for: Disinfecting, eliminating odors, and removing dirt, stains, mold, and mildew.

Ingredient Caution: Vinegar can’t be used on every surface (like marble and granite). It should also never be combined with baking soda, castile soap or hydrogen peroxide.

Vodka

Weird choice right? But pure unscented vodka (ethanol) is a great green cleaning tool and has virtually no smell.

Use for: disinfecting surfaces, make all natural air freshener spray and DIY window/mirror cleaner!

Tip: Any cheap pure vodka will do the trick!

Essential Oils

Pure essential oils are the best secret weapon in green cleaning with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, degreasing and deodorizing properties.

Use for: natural fragrance, killing microbes, cleaning surfaces, sticky spots, and more. My favorites for cleaning are lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), lemon, oregano, and clove, amongst others.

Ingredient Caution: Fragrance oils are not the same as essential oils, and are often synthetic, unsustainably made and carry all sorts of additives. In case you’re curious, I have chosen to use this brand.

Glass (Spray) Bottles

You’ll need a few glass spray bottles to DIY a few effective cleaners. Although this picture doesn’t do them justice, in addition to being durable and eco-friendly, these from Kuishi are gorgeous too! 

I also own a few dispenser bottles that I use for my homemade foaming hand soap and natural body wash. Storage bottles or mason jars are super convenient for safekeeping dry products like natural carpet deodorizer or even natural dry shampoo.

Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths make cleaning while minimizing the need for harsh chemicals! Use them dry to dust surfaces or remove streaks and grease from stainless steel.

When used wet, together with an all-purpose cleaner or bathroom cleaner, it will make disinfecting and scrubbing quick and easy. They’re also inexpensive, reusable and long-lasting if you refrain from washing them with fabric softener or chlorine bleach.

Natural Glass & Mirror Cleaning Spray Recipe

This cleaner combined with a microfibre cloth will leave your mirrors & glass surfaces sparkly and lint-free!

In a 250mL glass spray bottle add:

  • White Vinegar (30mL)
  • Vodka (125mL)
  • Essential Oils (15-25 drops)
  • Distilled Water (until full)

Close the bottle and shake between uses. Spray and wipe down with a microfibre cloth.

I love using lavender, lemon, orange, clove bud in my mirror & window cleaning sprays.

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Natural Mirror & Glass Cleaner

Using a natural alternative to clean glass and mirrors is a super easy way to start swapping toxic ingredients for more natural alternatives. There really is no more reason to continue inhaling that blue junk!

Green cleaning is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and the environment and doesn’t have to be any harder than cleaning with harmful chemicals. In fact, with safe and effective ingredients and the right green cleaning tools, you’ll be able to save not only time but also money.

Start with a few simple recipes today by grabbing my FREE ebook: green cleaning for beginners!

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Will You Try This Natural Glass & Mirror Cleaning Spray? Do You Have Any Tips?

I am always learning and would love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below!

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I'm Carol

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