How To Create Homemade, Eco-Friendly Glass Cleaner On The Cheap

How To Create Homemade, Eco-Friendly Glass Cleaner On The Cheap

Glass cleaner is a really effective, often multi-purpose cleaner, but sometimes your run out, want to save some money, or prefer an eco-friendly version. Here’s how you can make your own homemade glass cleaner on the cheap.

Your homemade window cleaner consists of equal parts of the following things you probably already have at home:

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Isopropyl alchohol

eHow recommends one cup of each to fill a spray bottle, but so long as you use the same amount of everything you should be fine with any measurement.

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  • you only need the water and white vingar in a 1:1 ratio to clean windows. the “Isopropyl alchohol” is there to stop streaks. you can use metho instead but use less about half volume of the water

    the recipe for real window cleaner consentrate:
    4 parts clear ammonia(not clowdy)
    1 part Metholated spirts
    10 parts water (distilled water better)

    use at Consentrate : water
    1 : 5-10 for windows
    1 : 3-5 tiles
    1 : 0 will start to ech glass and tiles if not washed of in about 3-5 mins

  • Good luck finding good cheap Isopropyl alcohol here in Australia. Last time I checked it was roughly $15 a litre and that was from a specialist electronics store.Lesser quality product is also available but the purity is lower and usually its a mixture of water and Isopropyl alcohol and even that isn’t necessarily cheaper.

    So you might have a so called ‘green’ solution to Windex but with no tangible price benefit IMHO.

    • Isocol is essentially a dilute mix of isopropyl alcohol, since it’s intended to be applied to your skin. I can’t find a list of what else is in there, so you might or might not be able to mix it up with vinegar and give it a shot.

      If you want to play it safe, you can buy near-pure isopropyl alcohol at places like Dick Smiths in smallish spray bottles. I always keep some around for cleaning computer components, and it’s good for streak-free LCD cleaning if you mix it with water.

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