Last week we presented the idea of replacing your existing household cleaning products with non-toxic and inexpensive DIY options that really work, and we shared our recipe of choice for an all-natural multi-purpose surface cleanser.  Why?  Well, the majority of products on the market today contain toxic ingredients that are silently wreaking havoc on our hormones and bodies.  Also, they cost a pretty penny when you purchase each and every recommended one for their rather specific applications.  It is easy to consider the safe, natural, DIY options when you stop to think about the harsh reality of these products on our wallets and our health.

In keeping with that trend, today we are sharing a powerful, non-toxic glass cleaner to replace your Windex-type products.  Our recipe below uses the same ingredients as the surface cleaner we shared last week.  How convenient!

The Recipe

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of Vinegar
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (We suggest Lemon to start.)

Why Change?

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose.  For instance, some cause acute, immediate hazards like skin irritation, respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with long-term issues, such as cancer.

According to the Organic Consumers Association, “[i]n 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home.”  Do you really want cleaning products that are unsafe for your children and pets to come in contact with?

The truth about ingredients in some of the most popular window cleaners

In Windex and other similar glass cleaners, the ingredients are laden with chemicals.  Take a look at a few side effects from the chemicals found in Windex:  2-Hexoxyethanol causes severe skin burns and eye damage; Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate can cause a variety of respiratory issues, as well as diarrhea and vomiting; Lauramine Oxide is carcinogenic; and Ammonium Hydroxide is a known respiratory irritant that can damage our vision and skin.  While  “cleaning” these chemicals are distributed into the air around us and we, unfortunately, inhale and/or absorb these chemicals into our skin and lungs during that time.  Some chemicals even linger a while afterward prolonging our exposure to their toxicity.  Scary!

VeraWell Tip 9 DIY Glass Cleaner

Many people in this world have a heightened sensitivity to the dangers of such chemicals, and those individuals already steer clear, but even for those of us who we can’t see or feel the effects, there is no doubt these harsh cleaners are stressing our bodies and should be avoided if possible.

Tips

Get some distilled white vinegar and mix it with water.  It works!  Also, use a old newspaper instead of a rag.  Rags will leave tiny pieces of lint and fiber on your glass and mirrors, while newspaper leaves a dust free finish!  The only downside is that some tough spots need a little more elbow grease using this cleanser when compared to the chemical-laden cleaners, but we promise, it will be worth it.

RESOURCES  (Same as last week!  Did we mention how easy these were to make?)

Your local grocery store will have Distilled White Vinegar and Baking Soda.  For essential oils, try Young Living or dōTERRA online, or go to your local health food store.

If you have a cleaning service, talk to them.  Ask if they would only use the products you provide in an effort to keep our planet, your home, and your workplace chemical free!

VeraWell Tip 9 DIY Glass Cleaner