Window Cleaner Recipe
Windows blend the outdoor scenery with interior designs, allowing the sun to brighten rooms and the night to set a dramatic backdrop. Keeping windows clean improves the view, almost making the window itself disappear. There are simple window cleaner recipes that make the task of window cleaning easy.
Vinegar and water make a very simple window cleaner. The vinegar cuts through grease, fingerprints and dirt. Add 1 cup of vinegar to 4 cups of water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. The mixture can be used to pre-treat difficult spots. Once the dirty areas are cleaned, spray the entire window and wipe the windows clean.
When cleaning windows, use a lint-free cloth. This is better for the environment because it does not produce more waste. Newspapers or paper towels can be used as well. Newspapers are a popular option because the acid in the ink and the abrasiveness of the paper cut through dirt or grease on the window.
Alcohol's dissolving properties make it a viable option for window cleaning. Pre-treat any existing trouble spots with alcohol and a rag. Combine 1 cup of alcohol with 3 cups of water. Pour into a spray bottle and spray onto the window. Although alcohol alone can clean windows, mixing it with water dilutes and stretches the alcohol for more window cleaning.
Water and a clean, lint-free rag also works well for window cleaning, especially if the windows are not too dirty. However, this might require more elbow grease, and that would make window cleaning more of a chore.
Combine 1 cup of ammonia with 5 cups of water. Add this mixture to a spray bottle to pre-treat and clean the windows. If there is any excess, store it in an empty bottle for future window cleaning.
The natural acidity of lemons helps them cut through grease and dirt. By adding the juice of one lemon to 3 cups of water, the lemon juice will be diluted enough to leave a clean and clear window without streaking.
For extra cleaning, use a dry cloth or newspaper to buff the windows to a shine. These cleaning recipes are easy to make and are easy on the environment. They don't contain toxic ingredients, so they are safe to use around children and pets.
Naima Manal's articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on various websites. Manal received her Bachelor of Science in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.