One easy way to make your homestead more self-sufficient is to make your own cleaners. You will not have to travel to a store to pick up specific cleaners anymore, you will just need to have your basic ingredients on hand. Homemade cleaners have the added bonus of usually being safer (you will have less chemicals around your house) and more frugal (usually). Here is a recipe for a great Homemade Glass Cleaner.
Frugal Homemade Glass Cleaner
Ingredients for homemade glass cleaner:
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
- 1 Tbs Vinegar
- (optional) Essential oils to scent it whatever you want (use peppermint to make the cleaner double as a fly deterent)
- (optional) Put a drop of blue food coloring in there if you miss the color! Sometimes it is nice to be able to tell what the cleaner is at a glance.
Directions to make and use homemade glass cleaner:
Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray and clean. A lint free cloth works great, but many people report that newspaper also does a wonderful job (I have never tried it).
Sometimes commercial cleaners leave a film on your glass that has to be cleaned off before natural cleaners will work. You can remove this film with straight vinegar.
You can also exchange the rubbing alcohol with vinegar (so you have a water/vinegar mix). It is cheaper to make it that way. I like the rubbing alcohol version because it evaporates more quickly and does not streak at all.
Cost of homemade glass cleaner:
You can get the rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and spray bottle at the dollar store, making the first two batches of cleaner only $3 and after that it will only be the cost of the rubbing alcohol ($1 every other batch).
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