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Kelley Scholfield
Kelley Scholfield
Ecoelkhart is a blog where community meets conservation. Kelley Scholfield is a journalism student at Goshen College and volunteer for the Elkhart Environment Center.



DIY: How to make an eco-friendly glass cleaner

Read on to learn how to make your own home cleaning product that doesn’t use harsh chemicals. 


Posted on July 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Having recently moved into a new apartment, I found myself starting from scratch. I took this opportunity to cut out all conventional cleaning supplies and make my own using some natural household products.

My first experiment was making an all-natural glass cleaner. Luckily, there is a wealth of DIY cleaner recipes online – but which ones really work?

Kelley Scholfield, one of The Elkhart Truth’s community bloggers, writes about environmental issues and green living in EcoElkhart.

I found my answer on the blog crunchybetty.com, where many popular glass cleaner recipes were tested for me. Author of Crunchy Betty named her winning recipe Alvin Corn Glass Cleaner, a mash up of the names of the ingredients: alcohol, vinegar and corn starch.

Here is the exact ratio of the ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups warm water

I recommend using filtered water if you have hard water like I do; otherwise, the result will be a streaky mess. Crunchy Betty also recommends using  newspaper to wipe up instead of paper towels – they leave fewer streaks, plus you reuse something you would normally throw away. This saves you money and saves space in the land fill. Win-win!

I decided to take Crunchy Betty’s experiment a step further and compare the DIY cleaner to the conventional store bought one. Check out my results!

dirty mirror

Here's what my mirror looked like before being cleaned.

DIY cleaner

Here's what the mirror looked like after being cleaned with my eco-friendly product.

Conventional product

Here's what the mirror looked like after being cleaned with the conventional, store-bought product.

 

Do you think the Alvin Corn Glass Cleaner outperformed the store bought cleaner? I’m beginning to wonder why these products were even invented when a few household natural products will do the trick. What cleaning product would you like me to try next?

Notes: I had just recycled all of my old newspapers when I took these pictures, so I had to settle for paper towels. You can see that it leaves behind some particles. Also, I was able to remove the stubborn smudge left by the conventional glass cleaner after a second application.

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