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Jul 19, 2010

Everyone these days is trying to find ways to trim money in the budget. A little here and a little there can really add up to a lot of savings! Who doesn't like that idea? When it comes to cleaning supplies, the cost can add up very quickly. This got me to thinking about ways to cut costs when it came to using cleaning products in my home. I had heard rumors that making your own homemade cleaning products could save lots of money. Therefore, I started experimenting with homemade cleaning products and so far its a success! I most recently tried this homemade recipe for glass cleaner from instructables and was pleasantly surprised! It didn't streak as I thought it would and it took the fingerprints out of my patio doors instantly. I was also quite surprised at how well it worked on my glass shower doors. I showed it off to my husband and he seemed pleasantly surprised!

The recipe is listed below. I'm not going to lie, I made the recipe much stronger than suggested. I only used one 32 oz. spray bottle with the same recipe, which means I used a lot less water.  I will admit this was COMPLETELY by mistake (perhaps I need to follow directions more carefully), but I liked the results A LOT so I think I'm going to stick with it.

 What You Will Need

2 32oz Spray Bottles (or 1 if you are crazy like me)

1/2 C. Rubbing Alcohol

1/2 C. Vinegar

1/2 Liter Water

1 T. Lemon Juice

3-4 T. Dish Detergent


Mix together alcohol and vinegar in a container.


Divide the water into the 2 water bottles.

Divide and Add

Divide the alcohol and vinegar mixture and pour into each bottle.


Add the lemon juice and detergent.  Shake the bottles.

Here is the break down as far as cost is concerned (when I say store brand I am referring to generic):

 1. Store Brand White Vinegar - $1.08

2. Store Brand Rubbing Alcohol - $0.99

3. Store Brand Dish Detergent - $0.99

4. Store Brand Lemon Juice - $1.69

Total - $4.89 with tax

 The white vinegar and rubbing alcohol will make at LEAST 3 batches of glass cleaner and the dish detergent and lemon juice will last a very long time. Therefore, you can make 1 container of glass cleaner for approximately $1.00! The cheapest glass cleaner I found in the nearest Kroger was $1.99 for 1 32 oz. container and the name brand Windex was $3.79 for 1 26 oz. container. I also love the fact that the recipe took less than 10 minutes to make!

If there is one thing I do not like about the homemade glass cleaner its the smell. As I continue to make batches (yes I like it that much) I will work on getting a more pleasant smell from the product. The good news is that the vinegar smell goes away fairly quickly and does not linger.

 If you give it a try let us know what you think! I hope you have as good of results as I did.

Posted by Tami on Jul 19 10 | Comments (0)
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