Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Best Window Cleaner

Around Earth Day 1990, every newspaper in the country (or so it seemed) offered recipes for non-toxic cleaning with the basics we all have in our kitchen cupboards, and the recipe for windows was invariably just plain vinegar and water with the option of drying the windows with old newspapers.

People by the thousands tried this and swore off cleaning with homemade recipes for good because the formula left streaks on their windows.

Unfortunately, the commercial products they had used for so many years had left a wax buildup and vinegar alone wouldn't do the job of removing the residue. Adding dab of dish soap to the vinegar and water would have removed the buildup.

The Best Window Cleaner
Make a great all-purpose window cleaner by combining 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Combine in a spray bottle. Shake to blend.

Get other great tips at Care2.com Green Living.

1 comment:

cats.guide said...

I've used vinegar and water for years as a window cleaner, and swear by it. I'll have to try the tip of adding a bit of detergent to the water now, since our windows, particularly the outside ones, get pretty dirty because of construction going on nearby.

Love your newsletter and your site, Donna! (And thanks for the links.) :)

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