Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Green Tip: Window/Glass Cleaner

FACTS:  One of the largest contributors to indoor toxins in your home are your cleaning products. Makers of cleaning products ARE NOT required to list ingredients on the label. Commerical window and glass cleaners often contain 2-Butoxy-ethanol which is a suspected hormone disruptor as well as other suspect ingredients.  

We spritz these on our mirrors right over our toothbrush holders, mist them around our children and use them in confined spaces such as car interiors and bathrooms. And, let's face it: it doesn't smell that great either and it can actually build up on surfaces.

Make the switch from commercial window cleaners to CLUB SODA!  Club soda is fizzy water with citric acid and it's cheap, safe, colorless, odorless and every bit as effective as those icky blue cleaners. Flight attendants have been using it for decades to get spills out of clothing on airplanes. It does not streak and it stores very well even after it has been opened.  I've been using it for years.

TO USE: Put it in a spray bottle. I like the heavy duty spray bottles available in garden centers, but you can re-use another spray bottle. Let it go flat because it sprays better without bubbles. Use it like any other glass cleaner. It is safe to use around kids, pets, plants, fabrics and carpets: after all you normally drink the stuff (use sparingly around plants because of the mild citric acid). Kids can actually learn to clean using it. Let them clean their own smeary fingerprints off the sliding glass door!

If you are thinking you should try a green cleaning product, this is the one to start with. Nothing could be easier and you'll save money in the process. Share this one with your friends!

Check out my website for more free  GREEN CLEANING RECIPES.


  1. Love it...I use it for stains all the time!
    I make a concoction of Apple Cider Vinegar/water/drop is dishsoap for ALL general cleaning...
    CreationsAnew Photography & Design

  2. My general cleaning recipes is essentially the same: water, borax, vinegar, natural soap and essential oil. Or I just use water and vinegar with essential oil a lot of the time.

    Those recipes are all on my website:

  3. Have used club soda to remove stains on clothes, rugs, upholstery, and things textile, but never thought to use it on glass. So thanks for the idea.

  4. I started using vinegar water to clean my doors/windows a couple of yrs ago. Bug wanted to "help" me clean, and I couldn't bare worrying about her ingesting window cleaner somehow. A friend used to use vinegar water to clean everywhere/everything--and so that's what we started doing. Now both kids help wash the front and back doors, and the floor, and anything else I need cleaned--worry free! :)

  5. That's awesome! Vinegar is incredible. I'm going to have to do a post on vinegar one of these days. I use it for a lot of things.

    The one merit that the club soda has over vinegar is that it has no scent so it's great for those last minute clean-ups just before company comes.

  6. hi Sue..

    thanks for the green recipe ..
    always looking for good green alternatives
    mona & the girls

  7. Nice Glass Cleaner. .

    Before some days i used various types of glass cleaners for my home but work properly,now i think it will be better than others. .

    Thanks for sharing with us

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