Have you been thinking about making your own homemade glass and window cleaner? Have you already checked out a few recipes that use vinegar, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, cornstarch, or ammonia?
Before you take the plunge and try one of those recipes, or even if you’ve been using one of those recipes for a while already, you might be interested to know that there’s a simpler and easier way to make homemade glass and window cleaner, and it works better than those other recipes too. What is it?
Just use club soda.
I know, I know, it seems like there should be some measuring or stirring or something involved if you’re making your own glass cleaner, but I’ve found that straight club soda really does the best job on mirrors, windows, and more! It’s by far and away my favorite homemade glass cleaner. I wrote about club soda a little bit once before when I talked about three easy cleaning changes anyone could make, but thought it deserved a little more attention.
I first learned about using club soda in the book Clean House Clean Planet by Karen Logan. I could relate to her experience with testing homemade window cleaners when she writes:
I spent days and days trying out all the recipes in the books – cornstarch, vinegar, soap and vinegar, washing soda, even salty water! The cornstarch solutions worked well but clogged the sprayer; the vinegar solutions worked inside the house but streaked and spotted the car windows; the soap and vinegar solutions left the predictable ugly soap film. Nothing worked like we wanted it to.
Thankfully she tried club soda and then shared her discovery with the rest of us.
And here’s my own great discovery . . . .
The squirt top of a spray bottle will screw right on to the top of your bottle of club soda. How much easier can it get than that?
HOMEMADE GLASS AND WINDOW CLEANER
You Will Need:
Spray Bottle – or – Spray Nozzle
Pour the club soda in a spray bottle, or simply screw the spray nozzle right onto the bottle of club soda if it will fit. To use, spray the surface to be cleaned and wipe dry with a soft cloth. It might take just a little more wiping than a commercial cleaner because it doesn’t dry quite as quickly, but the little extra effort will result in a streak free shine.
Here’s a few more of my favorite things about club soda glass cleaner:
It’s Odorless – You can clean as much as you want with club soda and you won’t be bothered by any irritating fumes or chemicals
It’s safe – you can leave a club soda cleaner sitting around and it doesn’t matter if the kiddos get into it. It’s a beverage! Have the little ones help with the cleaning and let them spray away!
It’s inexpensive – I can purchase a one liter size bottle of club soda for about 85 cents. One liter is about 33 ounces. A bottle lasts me for quite some time and I’ve found that it still cleans well even if it’s lost some of its fizz. The cleaning ingredient in club soda is said to be the sodium citrate which softens the water so it still works even if it’s gone a little flat.
It’s easily available – It’s easy to find club soda in the grocery store. It’s always on the beverage aisle somewhere, sometimes closer to the alcohol area than the sodas.
It’s multi-purpose – I have two favorite places where I love to use club soda for cleaning – and neither one is a window. One is my large bathroom mirror and the other is my hanging kitchen light fixture. The glass panes in the light fixture will show every streak when the light is on and the club soda does an awesome streak-free job of cleaning it. I also like club soda for giving the bathroom faucet a quick shine. Club soda can be used to give houseplants a dusting and to clean spots on clothing and carpeting. And of course, it works great on windows and glass doors.
So if you’re looking for a non-toxic, simple, inexpensive – AND – effective homemade alternative to the commercial window cleaners – by all means give club soda a try. I think you’ll love the results. In my opinion, club soda really is the best and easiest homemade glass and window cleaner.