Day 8: Homemade Glass Cleaner

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Today is extremely dreary and overcast.  Yes.

You see, I love opening every single blind and drawing back every curtain to let natural light filter through my home.  In the summer however, this tendency is not the best for our electric bill.  The sunshine warms the house a bit too much causing our AC to run more than it should.  I seriously have made a conscious effort to curb this habit on warm days….recently, ….as in the last few weeks. (I know Hubs reads this and he’d like to know that I’m correcting the error of my ways. ha!)

However, on a cool fall morning and day such as this, I happily let in all the light that I can to brighten our rooms (and heat up the house!) as much as possible.  It is at moments like these that I am reminded of how dirty my windows are from little fingerprints and tiny noses.  TIme to break out the cleaning supplies.

This is a recipe that I’d guest posted over at Centsible Savings a couple years ago but have never shared it here.  Sorry.  I’m correcting that today.  😉

It is definitely a tried and true recipe.  As I indicated above, we have been using it for several years now and have never looked back.  The recipe is so quick, easy to make, and the ingredients are simple.  It’s another three ingredient recipe just like my Homemade Hairspray.


Homemade Glass Cleaner

Recipe Type: all natural cleaners
Author: Heather @ Thrifty Stories
Simple three ingredient recipe that will make the mirrors and glass in your home to shine.
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. rubbing alcohol
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  1. Measure all of the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Shake to mix.


We love it.

You will want to grab your supplies the next time you are at the store.  It is truly remarkable stuff.

I recommend using the flour sack towels (one of my recent favorites) or even just grabbing some crumbled newspaper to shine your mirrors and glass.  Basically you want something that won’t leave behind any lint, and both of these methods are superb.

We sometimes use this cleaner to wipe down our counters, clean the outside of the toilets, and shine faucets.

I even marked the measurements for the rubbing alcohol and the water levels.  This saves me from having to use a measuring cup every time I make a batch.  However, I usually just “eyeball” the vinegar amount.  In addition to the level marks, I also wrote the recipe on the front of the bottle, so I don’t have to look it up each time. Besides, in no time at all you’ll have it memorized.

Not that I’d complain about you frequenting Thrifty Stories several times a day, but I’m just sharing some shortcuts that I take to make my life easier.  (And yes, I truly do want you to come back tomorrow.) 😉

I’m all about the quick and easy methods around here.

So there you have it.  Simple ingredients, easy process, and excellent performance are exactly what I am looking for in homemade cleaners.  The peace of mind that this “green” recipe affords far exceeds the few seconds that it takes to mix my own.  I love not having to worry about toxic chemicals on frequently touched surfaces or harmful fumes in our home.  But also at the top of my list is the ability to be able to hand the spray bottle and rag to my girls and say, “Have at it!“.

Yes, I really love that option. 😉

Do you make your own cleaners?  Ever try a glass cleaner recipe? Are you a fellow “curtain open-er” ?  I’d love to hear.

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5 thoughts on “Day 8: Homemade Glass Cleaner

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    1. heather Post author

      So easy. Just a few seconds to make and you are good to go. We love it.

      Thanks for stopping by and can’t wait to meet you. 😉 😉 😉


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