Author Jean Morrison
Make your own window cleaner
In my opinion the biggest waste of money for a cleaning product is for mirror and glass cleaners. You can make up a bottle of cleaner yourself for far less than 50 cents.
Take a look on the internet and find out which ingredients are used in commercial glass cleaners. It will horrify you. They contain quite strong solvents and the manufacturers even put dyes in them to create a "pleasant colour". We mustn't forget the added fragrances too. Those that are in an aerosol form emit very small particles which are more likely to cause respiratory and eye irritation.
Try my favourite method first and you will be impressed. Not only does it clean mirrors and windows well but it also leaves the loveliest natural perfume after you've finished.
Cleaning mirrors and windows:
My favourite method: This one was supplied to me by Helen Aland. Fill a spray bottle with water, add a few drops of lavender oil and shake well. Spray on windows and mirrors and wipe off with a lint-free rag. This leaves a beautiful fragrance as well as doing an excellent cleaning job. Helen says it also works well on stainless steel and shower glass too. I use this regularly on my windows and it is fine with the heat reducing film that is on the inside of the glass. Thanks Helen.
Cleaning glass method 2:
Pour 1/4 cup white vinegar in a 500 ml spray bottle. Top up with water. Use as per tip above.
Cleaning glass method 3:
For dirtier outside windows you can combine 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap to the above mixture. Shake bottle well.
Cleaning glass method 4:
Pour 1 tablespoon cloudy ammonia into a 500 ml spray bottle. Top up with water. Shake well and spray on windows. Wipe off with a lint-free rag. .........David Lincoln kindly tells me that cloudy ammonia must not be used on glass that has a heat reducing film on it, so beware if this is your situation. Thanks David.
Did you know:
"Most glass cleaners are made of ammonia, a strong irritant, and coal tar dyes. Some contain butyl cellusolve, a neurotoxin, alcohol, naphtha, and glycol ethers. Some contain wax. Aerosol products create small particles which are more likely to be inhaled or irritate eyes." This information is taken directly from the Guide To Less Toxic Products which is an excellent resource for those wanting to know exactly which toxic chemicals are used in cleaning products.
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