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Carol's Hublet on Cheap, Easy Window Cleaner

Updated on February 9, 2010


Got this window cleaning formula from a television show I just happened to switch to. They were giving ways to make cheap and easy cleaning products to use in your home. I already had the white vinegar and baking soda down pat but...not a window cleaner. Well at least one that works really well.

I have used vinegar but for me it is kind of like using ammonia. The smell is just too strong. This formula interested me because although it contained white vinegar, it also contained water and isoproyl alcohol.

Carol's Cheap Easy Window Cleaner vs Famous Brand XX

I was doing a major bathroom cleaning project.  I don't do it very often, clean that is, so the bathroom was getting pretty toxic.  Cleaning caddy in hand, I ventured in.  The mirror was is a sorry state, toothpaste and mouth wash splashes, smears, crude and even a few spider foot prints.

I had both a commercial window cleaner and my cheap and easy in the caddy. So I did a side by side test.  Cheap and easy on the left, commercial on the right.  Of course the commercial cleaner did a great job and dried quickly with no streaks.  But I was astonished that the cheap and easy did just as good a job in the same amount of time.  Again there were no streaks, the crude was gone and it dried quickly.

All You Need is Vinegar, Alcohol and Water

This is how to make it. Get a spray bottle marked off in ounces.

  • Put in 5 ounces of water-if your water is really hard you may want to used distilled
  • 4 ounces of white vinegar
  • 1 ounce of isopropyl alcohol-I found 98% at the drug store
  • 1 micro fiber cleaning cloth-you can get ones made especially for cleaning glass-I love those micro fiber

The secret of this window cleaner is the alcohol. Oils are dissolved by alcohol and it is what makes the cleaner evaporate quickly.

If you are leary of using isopropyl alcohol, I would think that a shot or two of good strong vodka would be a good substitute. Ethanol, the type of alcohol in vodka, is not toxic as is isopropyl. 

So That's Carol's Tip of the Day

Keep your eye out for the next thing that floats up from the Magic Eight Ball that is my brain.  As I remember something worth passing on, I will.


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    • Sandyksk profile image

      Sandy Jauregui 

      8 years ago from Sanger

      Another useful hub...voted up! I will try this one for sure! Thank you very much! :))

    • lightning john profile image

      lightning john 

      8 years ago from Florida

      thanks a lot, Carol!

      I shall give that I try. Can you send me a recipe for rum?

      Ah just kiddin ya, but I had to say that.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      I'll have to give this a try. I know that being in the bathroom after spraying on the glass cleaner is tough sometimes. It seems to be the worst thing to inhale. Even with the fan on, I spray and run for a minute, before returning to clean.


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