Streak free? | Whole Green Love

14 Oct

Since Laura was just talking about the magical powers of vinegar, I decided I would like to elaborate on other uses for this awesome little ingredient! It is so nice to know that you can make your own cleaning products for a fraction of the cost of store bought items. Also, to know that you are using ingredients that you could ingest if you really wanted! I doubt you would take a swig of that windex being stored in your cleaning cabinet. Talk about the convenience too! Instead of having to run to the store to get some more cleaning products you can just browse your kitchen cabinets.  Not only is vinegar tasty in salad dressings, great for dirty floors, a clogged drain buster, but it is also superb for WINDOWS!

This recipe is short and sweet… just the way we like it. All you have to do is get a bucket, add 4 cups (1 quart) water, and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar… Bingo! You have yourself some window cleaning magic in a bucket. If you’d like to give it a nice fresh scent you can add a squeeze of lemon to it as well. If you are thinking ew, I don’t like the smell of vinegar, have no fear. Vinegar’s scent dissipates soon after it is applied, leaving an odorless clean smell.  Not only is this a great non-toxic way of cleaning, it also leaves no residue and has antimicrobial properties!  Household vinegar is 5% acetic acid, which has been shown to reduce and stop growth of a wide range of microorganisms in our environment. Cool huh!?

The best way I have found is to first clean your windows on a day when the temperature isn’t too warm outside. When windows are holding heat, they tend to streak more, so leave the cleaning for a cooler day. You’ll first want to wipe your windows down with a clean cotton cloth. Cotton is a great material for cleaning windows because the fibers of the material do not “shed” onto other surfaces. I am in love with flour sack towels and they work great for this purpose.  Wiping the windows down first helps get rid of the extra debris and yuck that may be hiding in the crevices. The actual part of cleaning the windows and wiping them dry is when you want to be time efficient. Wipe them down with the solution soaked cotton cloth, then take a dry one, and wipe until dry and sparkling. If you wipe the windows dry before the solution has time to dry, your windows will be streak free in no time!

Go on and get cleaning…your windows, the environment, and your body will thank you!

Any similar recipes like this one you’d like to share?