We’ve been on course for making over our medicine cabinet with more natural options, and now we’ve taken on our household items as well. This DIY glass cleaner actually is streak-free with the addition of a simple surprise ingredient and I’m sharing my recipe in this post sponsored by Sprouts.
DIY GLASS CLEANER & STAINLESS STEEL CLEANER
With four kids, I will say that the thought of making everything we use from scratch seems daunting… but this DIY glass cleaner recipe is easy and quick AND it really works. I’m NOT the mama that goes the DIY route with everything and really, there are so many times I choose the “drive-through” method for convenience, whether it’s for dinner or for the delivery of household items.
Sometimes though, there is a gem. An item that works so well that I’m more than willing to give up what we consider convenience for an alternative option. Kind of like our DIY all-natural deodorant, it was a surprising turn and I’m glad we took went this direction!
You know what’s crazy about the idea of convenience? When it comes down to it, with the right ingredients in our cupboards (and for this recipe, we’re typically stocked, since it’s only a few really simple ingredients listed), it is actually MORE convenient to quickly mix up a batch than it is to run to the store for restocking!
So with the idea of convenience not being an issue anymore, want to know a few other reasons I’m sold on making my own glass, mirror and stainless cleaner? It’s natural, and without chemicals or fumes. It’s great for penny-pinching (and really only costs pennies, especially when you’ve already got the supplies in your cabinets). It works better than most store-bought glass cleaners that I’ve tried!
I was seriously tired of always having streaks on the pendant lights above our kitchen island (no matter how hard I worked on them), and this is the one that worked.
Ready to whip up this simple DIY glass cleaner and stainless steel cleaner?
Here are the few ingredients needed for your DIY class cleaner and stainless steel cleaner:
White Vinegar removes film, cleans and eliminates smudges. I picked up this Citrus Mint Vinegar from Sprouts and while it still smells like vinegar, I really like it!
Rubbing Alcohol evaporates quickly to keep streaks from forming and shines surface. You can leave out of the recipe if you don’t want to use, or can substitute with Vodka as well.
Cornstarch is the “secret” needed ingredient to create the most effective glass cleaner! Instead of glass and mirrors having a perfectly smooth surface, they actually have tiny little pits, and when water in most glass cleaners gets caught in those pits it causes water spots and streaks. Adding cornstarch to our DIY glass cleaner breaks the water bonds and leaves us all with the shiniest, streak-free, finish.
Distilled water, to avoid hard water and the extra spots it can leave behind. I picked mine up on a recent trip to Sprouts and had it ready! A little goes a long way in cleaning products.
Essential oils are an optional addition that helps to disinfect and deodorize. I love the addition of different citrus oils for the fresh, clean scent, degreasing and disinfecting properties.
- • glass bottle in a 16 oz. size at least (Stainless steel is also safe.)
- • spray top
- • 1 cup of distilled water
- • ½ cup alcohol
- • ½ cup white vinegar
- • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- • 6 drops pure orange essential oil (optional)
- • 6 drops pure lemon essential oil (optional)
- Using a funnel, start by adding ½ cup of vinegar to the glass bottle.
- Add ½ cup rubbing alcohol (optional: remove from recipe or replace with vodka)
- Pour 1 Tbsp cornstarch in through the funnel.
- Top with 1 cup distilled water. It will also help to get the rest of the cornstarch out of the funnel.
- Optional: add 10-12 drops of essential oil for extra disinfecting power and scent.
- Add spray top to the bottle and shake well before each use.