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When life can’t be as clear as one may want it to be, at least your windows can be!
If you are looking for simple, quick, and health-conscious ways of getting your house spick and span, you have come to the right place.
You may be broke and looking for cheap hacks or a new mother/someone extremely sensitive to chemicals and are constantly looking for substitutes for chemically manufactured products. Products sold in the market may require lesser effort to just buy and use, but they contain a number of toxins and may even be a cause of indoor air pollution.
The biggest advantage of a homemade cleaner apart from solving the above-said problems is that it is not only limited to cleaning windows. This solution can be used on any shiny and lustrous surface to get a bright and sparkly finish.
So if you like your house Monica clean, read on. ( pls appreciate the FRIENDS reference)
1. Cleaning Using Vinegar and Water
One of the easiest ways of making a window cleaner at home is using the one ingredient that happens to be in most kitchens- Vinegar.
Vinegar is one of the many miracles of nature that is a great help to us. Not only does it make so many of our dishes tasty and finger-licking good, but is also a disinfectant possessing anti-bacterial properties.
- White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
This is one of the simplest forms of homemade cleaners. You just need to mix equal parts of water and vinegar and then shake thoroughly. Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray a little on dirty windows and use a lint-free cloth to wipe the windows clean.
The mixture will successfully remove fingerprints and other smudges. It also removes a film of dust and does not leave any streaks. But if your windows are filthy, you may want to wash them with soapy water first.
2. Lemon Juice Cleaner
The acidic nature of lemon helps it imitate the nature of vinegar and so helps similarly with dust and smudges. This one too does not leave any smudges.
This cleaner can be recommended for windows that have caught on a lot of greases. Windows in areas like the kitchen, bathrooms and the dining area tend to get greasy due to continued exposure to water and steam. To cut through this, an ingredient of a higher acidic potency is required.
Lemon juice has another advantage of providing a fresh odor and so a feeling of freshness to the room. Hence, acting as a room freshener as well.
- Lemon juice
- Warm water
How to Clean:
The procedure is similar to that of vinegar and water mixture.
- Squeeze a few lemons and add equal parts of water.
- Mix vigorously and pour the solution into a spray bottle.
- Use a soft cloth to clean.
3. Ammonia and Cornstarch Cleaner
Ammonia is a relatively low-cost alternative to even vinegar. It successfully cuts through grease, dust and hard water spots. So this solution is extremely useful in areas which receive hard water.
- Warm water
How to Make It:
- Mix 1 cup ammonia with 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix around 2 cups of water.
- Then spray a light mist through the spray bottle. Also for this solution, it is recommended that one uses some hard textured cloth or a newspaper.
When ammonia is mixed with cornstarch, it’s a concentration in the water decreases as the gas production increases. This strengthens its power to clean a surface.
4. Vinegar and Alcohol Cleaning Solution
The advantage of this cleaner is that it evaporates quickly due to the presence of alcohol. This, in turn, causes better removal of the stain. The combination of the acid and the alcohol forms a chemical substance called an ester which helps in giving shine to the surface it is used on.
- Rubbing alcohol
How To Go About It:
- Alcohol and water should be mixed in equal parts and to that, the same number of tablespoons of vinegar should be added. For example, if you are mixing 5 cups of alcohol with 5 cups of water, you should add 5 tablespoons of vinegar.
- Mix the solution by shaking it in the spray bottle. Wipe with a soft cloth after spraying in the window.
A word of caution regarding this recipe is that you need to store it in a dark place as the alcohol would be inflammable if comes in contact with a hot surface.
5. Cleaning Using Washing Soda Cleaner
The last recipe is one of the simplest and the most potent, washing soda. In earlier days washing soda was a substance that was used to clean extremely dirty clothes. It is a very strong and effective hack that is being used since generations before ours.
One of the most effective for cleaning windows with excessive grease and dirt, the washing soda eats right up at it leaving the surface clean and dry. Mix 2 tablespoons of washing soda with 1 cup of water. Spray with a spray bottle. If you wish to use a milder spray, you can add baking soda instead of washing soda.
Another fun tip for this cleaner is adding the essential oil of your choice to create a fragrant environment in your room.
Related Post: 17 Surprising household uses of washing soda
Tips and precautions:
- Be sure to use some form of protection on your hands while cleaning, like rubber gloves.
- If a spray bottle is not available use a sponge and a bucket. It works just as well.
- Instead of using a ladder to reach higher places, use an extension pole.
- Rinse thoroughly and quickly before the solution dries on the glass.
- Swipe in a single direction to minimize the probability of marks on the glass
- Refrain from using empty cleaner bottles as the residue of the previous chemicals may react with the new solution to cause some damage.
- Keep out of reach of pets and animals.
- Keep at a safe distance from cooking products as the ingredients can be confused.
We hope that the above tips help you to have cleaner windows! Also if you have any other tips and tricks for cleaning windows, do leave your ideas in the comments below.