Today I’m sharing a recipe from the www.crunchybetty.com website for an absolutely brilliant DIY glass cleaner with zero chemical nasties.
I’ve gotten very into making my own beauty and home-care products – I like it because I know exactly what I am using on my skin and around the home, but understand that when you first get into this stuff or try a new recipe there is always a bit of doubt as to whether it will actually work.
I know the Mrs Hinch brigade are all for using tons of bleach etc but there are so many nasty chemicals in all this stuff that are just awful for the environment and ourselves, and personally I’m all for finding alternatives that reduce the toxic load, yet still clean just as well.
Just to say – this glass cleaner works! I’ve used it on glass, mirrors and even on some glass mosaic tiles in the bathroom that had developed weird black mould in the corner. It is brilliant! Sparkly clean, streak-free, and it just cuts right through the muck – including the weird black stuff. Pros – my mirrors have never been so clear. Cons – I’m not entirely sure how I feel seeing my face in high definition staring back at me in the morning…
What you need
- A spray bottle
- 250ml of very hot water (distilled or filtered is best)
- 1/2 tbs of cornstarch
- 30ml rubbing alcohol (at least 70% isopropyl) – you can get this in most chemists
- 30ml white vinegar
- Optional – a couple of drops of lemon essential oil for extra de-greasing
How to make
Boil your water and then let it cool a little. Add your cornstarch and shake well. Then add the rubbing alcohol and white vinegar, and if you are using, a couple of drops of essential oil. Shake well.
Spray liberally, and wipe with a lint-free cloth or newspaper. It may look slightly smeary whilst still wet, but drys to a beautiful shine.
Make sure you shake before use each time to stop the cornstarch clogging the spray nozzle. This will keep for at least 1 month, due to the preserving properties of alcohol and vinegar, although I’ve been using mine for longer and it is still just as effective.
That’s it – how simple is that, and completely free of nasty chemicals.
PS – the Crunchy Betty site is a treasure trove of home-made goodness, and well worth checking out.
crunchybetty top tip for the day
Instead of using air freshener in your bathroom to get rid of nasty niffs (because who knows what is in that stuff!) keep a little bottle of strong-scented essential oil (eg eucalyptus) next to the loo. Pop a couple of drops in the toilet before you “go” and I promise no-one will ever know what you did… Genius!