How To: Make Homemade Glass Cleaner

We've all seen the bottles of glass cleaner vying for our dollars on supermarket shelves. But there's an economical alternative to both the bright blue stuff mom brought home that generally relies on ammonia and new-fangled “green” versions that promise a planet-friendly way to banish grease, grime, and dirt. It will take you just minutes to prepare this totally non-toxic homemade glass cleaner with ingredients you no doubt already have on hand. You'll find it a lot cheaper than all the commercial versions and every bit as safe for people, pets, and the environment as fancy natural brands. So whip it up, and get gleaming!

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- White vinegar
- Water
- Spray bottle
- Essential oil(s)
- Microfiber cloth
- Newspaper (optional)


Pour 2 cups of water into a spray bottle. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar. That's really all you really need to clean any glass surface, as well as tile, stainless steel, chrome, and more. Since white vinegar contains 5 percent acetic acid, it has antimicrobial properties and is considered an effective general disinfectant.


Vinegar has a fairly pungent odor, so to make the solution more pleasant-smelling add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil(s). Lemon, lavender, rosemary, mint, and orange all have a fresh, clean scent, but you may wish to mix a few to create a signature blend.


Screw the top onto the spray bottle and shake to mix thoroughly. Feel free to make a double, triple, or even quadruple batch to keep in a large jug.


Your homemade glass cleaner is now ready to use!