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DIY Glass Cleaner

Greetings, friends! 

If you’re anything like me, you know that Spring cleaning is right around the corner and therefore will have absolutely no effect on you whatsoever.
I mean, its hard enough to clean the toothpaste from around the sink every morning let alone scrub and dust every nook and cranny of your home all because a groundhog didn’t see his shadow.

Nevertheless, my mirrors…
what the H-E-double-hockey-sticks IS that??
… could use a little TLC.
No prob! I’ll just get me a little
Let’s see…
Some of the ingredients found in Windex: 
Propylene Glycol- Used by the chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze. Also used to create artificial smoke or fog in fire-fighting training and theatrical productions. (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry
Ammonium Hydroxide- Very corrosive and damages cells in the body on contact. (NY State Dept. of Health)
2-Hexoxyethanol- Contact may result in central nervous system depression (decreased rate of breathing/heart rate and loss of consciousness) in humans as well as severely injurious to the eye and moderately toxic by skin absorption in animals. (US National Library of Medicine
Sky Blue Dye- Not toxic, just more pointless junk. According to SC Johnson/Windex, it is so you can see where you’ve applied the product. Otherwise, you may confuse your mirror’s usual drippiness with the blue windex drippiness. 
And you thought the state of my mirrors was gross. Ick. 
I think we can improve on this. 
DIY Homemade Glass Cleaner
(originally by
I know, I know. It’s labeled exclusively for windows. D’oh!
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 c warm water
1/4 c white vinegar
1/4 c rubbing alcohol
1 Tbsp cornstarch
OH YES. that most DEFINITELY is Santa Clause on my tablespoon. thank you for noticing.
Here’s what you’ll do: 
1. Combine ingredients in spray bottle.
2. Shake up the goods. **
3. Spray onto glass surface and wipe with microfiber cloth (unless you like little fuzz speckles all over  your mirrors/windows)
**shake well so as to keep the cornstarch from settling to the bottom of the bottle.
If you still aren’t convinced, I think a breakdown on cost should get you singin’ a different tune.
$4.19 for a 26 oz bottle of Windex
This DIY Homemade Glass Cleaner makes about 22 oz.
We’ll say it’s approximately $3.56 for 22 oz of Windex
cost of water- say it with me: “FREE!” 
$1.90 for 1 gallon of white vinegar (Costco, boo yeah!). 16 c in 1 gallon. 1/4 c needed.
cost of white vinegar- $.03
about $1.19 for 32 oz rubbing alcohol at Winco Foods. 1/4 c (2 oz) needed.
cost of rubbing alcohol $.08
about $1 per pound (16 oz) of cornstarch. 1 Tbsp (.5 oz) needed.
cost of cornstarch- $.03 
Altogether that is 14 cents for 22 oz of glass cleaner
Go out and buy yourself a latte with that $3.42 you just saved on glass cleaner, ya champ!
Cleaning one mirror counts as Spring cleaning, right?
Until next time, cheers!

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