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HOMEMADE CLEANERS, HEALTHY HOME: HOMEMADE WINDOW CLEANER

Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
Jennifer from Sugar Spice & Glitter is back for her monthly feature! Last time she stopped in she told us how to make Homemade Garbage Deodorizer Pucks, and she’s back today to tell us all about her Homemade Window Cleaner, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
 
Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series
 

HOMEMADE WINDOW CLEANER

I’m slowly going through my cleaning supplies and replacing everything with homemade cleaning recipes. This month, I ran out of glass cleaner & decided to try my hand at some Homemade Windex.
 
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
 
This recipe is for a streak-free window and glass cleaner that smells fresh & contains no harmful chemicals.
 
While I used rubbing alcohol in my recipe, you can swap that out for vodka if you’d prefer. Either way, the recipe should still be treated like a cleaning solution and kept out of reach of children.
 
The most expensive ingredient is the rubbing alcohol which I’ve since found out can be purchased at the dollar store! You can also use the remaining rubbing alcohol as a “Goo Be Gone” alternative or even incorporate it into some cute art projects with the kids!
 
I used peppermint essential oil because I love the fresh, clean scent it leaves after using it, but you can swap that out for any essential oil or skip that ingredient altogether. There are no benefits to using it in this recipe other than the scent since you are using also the corn starch (as they both contribute to the streak-free nature of this recipe).
 
The corn starch is essential for that streak-free finish. I’ve tried this recipe twice – once with the corn starch and once without – and I noticed a huge difference. The cornstarch disrupts the water molecules so they don’t “gather” on the surface of the mirror. (For another cool way to see how cornstarch reacts with water, trying making oobleck with the kids!)
 
A bottle of this homemade glass cleaner costs less than $2 – and that includes the bottle! Refills will cost less than $1.
 
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
 
How to Make Homemade Glass Cleaner
 
Grab a clean spray bottle and add the following ingredients:
1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup isopropyl alcohol (99% rubbing alcohol)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups water
5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
2 drops food dye (optional)
 
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
Put on the nozzle and give the solution a good shake to distribute the corn starch. Remember to give the bottle a shake before every use, as the corn starch will settle.
 
 
Adding essential oil or food dye are optional. Some will enjoy the addition of food dye (and it helps remind you which solution is which if you haven’t labeled the bottle) but I would be too afraid of it dripping onto furniture and staining, so I left that out.
 
How to Use Homemade Window Cleaner
 
Shake the bottle vigorously to redistribute the corn starch, and then spray sparingly onto your glass or window surface. Let it set for a moment, and then wipe off with a rag or paper towel. Some people swear by using newspaper but we never have it in the house so I wasn’t able to try. 
 
Homemade Glass Cleaner for a Greener, Cleaner Home
 
Have you tried making any homemade cleaners? Which cleaning recipe would you like to see next?


Jennifer 
 
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HOMEMADE CLEANERS, HEALTHY HOME: HOMEMADE GARBAGE DEODORIZER PUCKS

homemade garbage deoderizers

Jennifer from Sugar Spice & Glitter is back for her monthly feature! Last month she told us how to make Homemade Orange Cleaner and this month, well, it’s even better!  You are going to Love it!

homemade garbage deoderizers

HOMEMADE CLEANERS, HEALTHY HOME

Sometimes, the most important parts of a household are supposed to go unnoticed. The garbage, while an essential part of any home, should definitely go unnoticed – so I’ve been playing around with creating garbage deodorizers that help neutralize and actually remove the smell of a stinky garbage!

 
I run a home daycare and I also do a lot of cooking as a food blogger. The two combine to make a sometimes desperate garbage situation. I want people to walk into my home and not grimace at the smell!
 
Previously, I’ve just been sprinkling baking soda into the bottom of the garbage can, which was fine but a bit messy to clean up every few garbage bags. I decided to see if I could make an easy-to-remove version of my baking soda neutralizer, and came up with these fun puck-like deodorizers.
 

HOMEMADE GARBAGE DEODORIZER PUCKS

You probably have everything you need to make these in your home already.
 
homemade garbage deoderizers
 
Simply mix 2 cups baking soda and 1/2 water, scoop Tablespoon-sized portions into muffin cups (I like using my reusable silicone muffin cups) and bake for 20 minutes at 350F, until solid.
homemade garbage deoderizers
 
homemade garbage deoderizers
 
Remove from the oven and while the pucks are still warm, add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil – I used peppermint for it’s association with clean scents. Be sure to add the essential oil after baking so that the scent doesn’t bake off.
 
homemade garbage deoderizers
 
homemade garbage deoderizers
 
Remove from the silicone baking cups if you used those, and place in a storage container. So far, I have been using a single puck for almost two weeks and it’s still going strong. The puck will eventually diffuse away it’s nice peppermint scent, and absorb the smells of the garbage – that’s when you know it’s time to replace it. The life of your garbage deodorizers will really depend on what you’re throwing out.
 
homemade garbage deoderizers 
Do you make any household cleaners from scratch? What scent would you add to your homemade garbage deodorizers?

Jennifer 
 
homemade garbage deoderizers
 
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Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home: Homemade Orange Cleaner

Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series: a Homemade Orange Cleaner.
If you are a subscriber to our newsletter, you already know that we are introducing a new series this year, “Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home” and I am so excited to be sharing with you the first homemade cleaner recipe a Homemade Orange Cleaner.
 
My friend Jennifer over at Study At Home Mama (she’s brilliant!) has put this together and I couldn’t be more pleased!
 
Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series
 
I’m so excited to be sharing with you the first homemade cleaner recipe in our new “Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home” series: a Homemade Orange Cleaner.
Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series: a Homemade Orange Cleaner.
 

There are so many reasons to opt for a homemade cleaner over store-bought options:

 
Cost – homemade cleaner often costs pennies per use versus the “added up” cost of using commercial brands
 
Effectiveness: homemade cleaners can be made strong and are often more effective than cleaners that are trying to do too many things at once
 
Chemical-free: so many unnecessary chemicals are added to commercial cleaners, which can lead to skin problems, breathing problems – and is also often cited as the cause for super-bugs
 
Eco-friendly: beyond the environmental impact of the chemicals in commercial products, the packaging is rarely re-usable – creating waste with every bottle purchased
 
This Orange Homemade Cleaner is my go-to all-purpose cleaner. It’s great for wiping down the kitchen and bathroom, and is also great for mopping.
 
Materials Needed for Homemade Orange Cleaner Recipe:
  • Glass mason jar
  • Orange peels, lots and lots of orange peels
  • Vinegar (enough to fill your jar)
  • Spray bottle, optional
  • Tea tree oil, optional
If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to let your jar sit out for a week or more, you can swap out the orange peels for orange oil.
 
How to Make Homemade Orange Cleaner Recipe
 
I start off by having a “heavy on the oranges” day. Encourage oranges with every meal and snack time, and save all of those orange peels in your mason jar.
 
Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series: a Homemade Orange Cleaner.
At some point that day, I top up the mason jar with vinegar – pure, distilled white vinegar – and leave it somewhere close enough to add additional orange peels to, but somewhat out-of-the-way so I can let the vinegar extract the orange oil and take on that wonderful citrus scent.
Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series: a Homemade Orange Cleaner.
I started off with about 5 orange peels and added another 20 or so throughout the week.
 
The orange oil helps cut through grease while also being more pleasant than using vinegar alone.
 
Wait at least a week before removing the peels – this solution can sit up to a month as long as all of the peels are covered by the vinegar.
 
Line a sieve with a piece of muslin or paper towel and strain your solution into a bowl or second wide-mouth mason jar. Dispose of the orange peels and if your solution is at all cloudy, strain it again.Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series: a Homemade Orange Cleaner.
 
At this point you can add a few drops of tea tree oil if you want your homemade orange cleaner to have anti-bacterial properties beyond what is naturally offered by the vinegar.
Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series: a Homemade Orange Cleaner.
Using a funnel, carefully pour the orange cleaner into a spray bottle and label it.
To clean with your homemade orange cleaner, use a light coating of spray and completely wipe down an area. You do not need to use water to wipe away the cleaner but can if you want to.
Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series: a Homemade Orange Cleaner.
For mopping, use about 1 cup of orange vinegar to every gallon of hot water.
What do you currently use to clean your floors and counters with? Would you consider switching to a homemade cleaner?
Homemade Cleaners, Healthy Home series: a Homemade Orange Cleaner.

Jennifer 
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