Why would I make my own glass cleaner when I can go to any supermarket or multinational hardware store and buy some off the shelf?
Good question and my honest opinion is that you don’t have to, but next time you pick up one of those branded glass cleaners, why not have a think about what actually goes into it.
Quite often the label doesn’t actually need to list all the contents of the bottle, it will just say it conforms to EU regulations, or something similar. But a bit of searching online will bring up the typical list of chemicals used in your off the shelf glass cleaner;
As well as water, glass cleaners can include:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Videt EGM
- Sodium C14-17, Sec-Alkyl Sulfonate
- Ammonium Hydroxide
- Propylene Glycol
- Mirapol Surf S-210
- Fragrances (this could be another whole heap of chemicals)
- Dyes (and this could be more chemicals)
Owning a Cambridge cleaning company and using cleaning products in large amounts means I like to use chemical-free products wherever I can. It is possible to buy good cleaning products that contain little or no chemicals, but they can be expensive to buy if you are not in the trade, so making your own glass cleaner using everyday items which can found in most homes can be a cost-effective and an environmentally aware alternative.
How to make your own glass cleaner
You will need:
- 1 x plastic spray bottle
- White vinegar
Making your glass cleaner
- Unscrew and remove the lid/nozzle from the plastic spray bottle
- Fill the plastic spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar
- Replace the lid/spray nozzle on the plastic spray bottle
- Shake bottle to ensure solution is mixed
There is another alternative to this and that is to add equal amounts of water, white vinegar and Isopropyl alcohol.
I find this combination of ingredients can be slightly more effective, but not everyone has Isopropyl alcohol at home or wants to go out and buy it.
I hope you find this recipe helpful and if you have any homemade cleaning products that you find useful please let me know, I would love to try them.