Are you looking for ways to save money? If so, are you certain that you’ve looked for every single way possible? We do up to and including making things ourselves instead of buying them. While some people are on board with making their own homemade cleaning supplies or homemade beauty supplies, others often tell me that they simply don’t have the time. Being brutally honest? “I don’t have time” is a cop out and a bad one at that. I run not one, but two companies full time. I homeschool my daughter. I am working on setting up an urban homestead. I write freelance for others. Trust me, you can find the time. With that being said, this DIY window cleaner is one of those cleaning recipes that you can make very, very quickly. It comes together in about 60 seconds, but will save you on average (based on my local retail prices), around $1.00 per bottle.
When you make your DIY window cleaner, you will want to make sure that you wash your windows with a microfiber cloth. This will help prevent streaking. You can also add a tablespoon of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to your mixture to help with streaking too but it its completely optional. Some people prefer it and others don’t. I personally add it based on what my windows look like. If they’re especially dirty, I add the alcohol. If not, I leave it out. This homemade cleaner is amazing with or without it and aside from my homemade orange cleaner, it’s the easiest to make.
DIY Window Cleaner – All Natural Homemade Cleaning Supplies
When we make ours, we use lemon essential oil. If you don’t like the scent of lemon, you can use any other than you want. I also like to use orange essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, lavender essential oil or basil essential oil. All of them provide the same type of cleaning power and work to help disinfect a bit too. For brand, it doesn’t matter. I personally prefer NOW Foods essential oils (Six Dollar Family), because they’re inexpensive, but if you like the more expensive brands more, use whatever you have.
Ready to see how easy this is?
Supplies needed for DIY Window Cleaner
- Commercial spray bottle
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon isopropyl or rubbing alcohol
- 8 drops essential oil of your choice
You’ll want to use a commercial spray bottle for this one. If you’re planning on making this up ahead of time, use a brown or blue spray bottle made for essential oils so that they aren’t affected by light and lose their properties. Using your funnel, pour the white vinegar into the spray bottle. Add the alcohol if you’re using it then top off with water.
Once you’ve topped it off, add your essential oil, put the lid on and shake to combine. Spray on your windows and wipe clean like you would with a commercial cleaner.
See? Easy as pie, right? So now I have to ask you…
Why are you making your own cleaning supplies again?