“put some windex on it”…or not..?

Okay, so for my next blog post I’m going to talk about natural window cleaner. This is a super simple recipe and you will more than likely have the ingredients necessary in your house or apartment. DIY window cleaner only has 2 simple ingredients of warm water and white vinegar.

Clear … and without streaks.  That is the goal when we clean our windows or mirrors. Window cleaners are designed to accomplish this task quick and easy. Without the proper cleaner, however, more time is spent trying to remove the streaks left or the dirty smudge spots than having a clean and clear window. For this reason we continually seek an effective, streak free window cleaner. I know some of yall might love Windex almost as much as Gus Portokalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding does. Ha! While that may give us that “so clean you don’t even know there’s a window” look, there are also some harmful ingredients that go into these. Some window cleaners can cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns. Since chemicals in cleaning products are not required to be listed on the packages, we do not know what harmful ingredients are used in a particular window cleaner product we purchase. 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them their sweet smell. Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. Although the EPA sets a standard on 2-butoxyethanol for workplace safety, people warn that if you’re cleaning at home in a confined area, like an unventilated bathroom, you can actually end up getting 2-butoxyethanol in the air at levels that are higher than workplace safety standards.

With that being said, a very healthy alternative to this would be mixing white vinegar with warm water. Be careful because too much vinegar may cause unwanted streaks or a cloudy window.

Here’s how:

Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 liter of warm water, put it in a spray bottle, and you’re ready to go! My mom cleans with this at home and loves cleaning with vinegar as a multi-purpose cleaner and I must say, cleaning windows with simply vinegar and water does a solid job and is very eco friendly. With that being said, I hope some of yall give this a try because it really does work!

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