Even though most grocery stores are filled with products that promise to clean glass, some of the most effective glass cleaners can be made right in your own home. These homemade glass cleaners are effective and better for the environment, and you can reuse the bottles. There are a few options to make homemade glass cleaner.
The simplest and most often cited homemade glass cleaner is a mixture of one part white vinegar to one part water. Vinegar is effective at removing soap scum, grease, hard water, mold and mildew. The acetic acid kills germs and bacteria. It also deodorizes as it cleans, and is non-toxic, leaving no residue. Some also suggest adding a few drops of dish soap to the mixture, which can add a pleasant scent.
A slightly more effective mixture is made of one of one cup (240 ml) of water, one cup (240 ml) of isopropyl rubbing alcohol, and one tablespoon (30 ml) of white vinegar. The rubbing alcohol and vinegar will both evaporate as they clean. This mixture is also effective when cleaning stainless steel or chrome. Do not use these cleaners on floors, however, as they can damage marble and stone.
Finally, a third option for a homemade glass cleaner is to substitute the one tablespoon (30 ml) of white vinegar in the previous recipe with one tablespoon (30 ml) of household ammonia. This version is also slightly stronger than the version above. Making homemade glass cleaner will save you money at the grocery store while still cleaning your home effectively.
If you do make homemade glass cleaner, there are a few safety tips to follow. Purchase a spray bottle to use when cleaning and to store the glass cleaner in, and clearly label it "glass cleaner." Keep the bottle out of reach of children. It might be a good idea to write the ingredients you've used on the bottle in case of an emergency. Rubbing alcohol and ammonia are both poisons.
Remember, never mix bleach with any type of household cleaner. A combination of bleach and ammonia can create a toxic and deadly mixture. Bleach should always be used independently of other cleaners.
Making a homemade glass cleaner is a relatively simple process. Mix your ingredients well and use common sense, avoiding contact with the skin or the eyes. Most homemade glass cleaners will last a very long time, so if you want to make a big batch and store it for later, that will work too.