Home ownership is among the greatest victories a working person can achieve, as well as a source of great personal comfort as a space where one’s wildest dreams can, within certain limitations, become totally true, such as a personal trampoline or the bedroom one has wanted since childhood. Still, it is not without its hazards. In addition to the labor involved in customizing one’s home, there’s also the matter of the labor, in example is hiring window cleaners or other parts and costs of professional services that keep a home functioning, from the plumbers who ensure that water continues to flow to the home to the difficulties involved with keeping a furnace working at the height of winter.
The matter becomes even more complicated when one has a family to care for, be they the so-called “2.4 children” and a spouse or just a large number of pets. No one wants to risk the health of their families beyond what is necessary, but many household cleaning products call for just that. Glass cleaner in particular can be remarkably toxic to humans and animals alike, particularly small children. And yet, the windows must be cleaned as they take enormous abuse over the years, particularly during stormy seasons. There, is however, a glass cleaning solution for family safety: use natural glass cleaner.
Most commercial glass cleaners contain ammonia, a fairly toxic chemical, as well as 2-Butoxyethanol, an ethanol based chemical that can become a painful irritant in tight, poorly ventilated spaces and is very toxic when ingested. It is for these reasons that most window cleaners should be kept well out of the reach of small children. Even better, natural glass cleaner can be made at home and uses nothing more toxic than rubbing alcohol.
To begin, mix 2 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol with a full 1 qt. of water in a quart sized container. It is advisable to do this is a well ventilated area to keep from inhaling alcohol fumes. Then, in a separate container, blend an equal amount of distilled white vinegar and warm water in a new spray bottle that has not been used to contain commercial glass cleaner. Then, with a cloth that has no lint on it, coat the glass with the rubbing alcohol and water mix. After that, spray the vinegar and warm water mixture on the window and wipe it off completely.
If your glass surface is muddy or greasy, instead of the half and half mix of water and vinegar, you should instead make a mixture of 1/2 tsp. clear liquid soap, 2 cups of warm water and 3 tbsp. of distilled white vinegar and use that to clean the window instead. If the scent of vinegar is unpalatable to you, it is more than possible to mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the water and vinegar mixture to give it a more pleasant scent. If you do not have a cloth that is devoid of lint, newsprint will do the job as efficient. Using these solutions in sunlight is inadvisable, as it will dry the solution too quickly and leave streaks.