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Make natural glass cleaner yourself - Here's how!

Can you get a Make your own natural glass cleaner? We use glass cleaners in our everyday lives mainly to clean mirrors, windows, car windows or glass stove surfaces. There are many different uses, but the selection of natural glass cleaners on the market is scarce. Instead, we only get expensive window cleaners with aggressive chemical ingredients, packaged in huge plastic bottles. In the spirit of plastic-free lifestyle so that is not the case either. These products are not only dangerous for the environment, but also for our own health.

In this article of the DIY Household Blogs I would therefore like to introduce you to 3 recipes that you can use to make your own glass cleaner. Made from natural ingredients that are environmentally friendly and not harmful to health. Let's go!

Here is another short Table of contents for you:

  1. Ingredients & Auxiliaries
  2. Organic ethanol & vinegar glass cleaner
  3. Glass cleaner from citrus peel & vinegar
  4. Lemon juice & vinegar glass cleaner
  5. Closing words

Home remedies for homemade glass cleaners

Make glass cleaner yourself from lemons

There are many wonderful products that we can use to make our own natural glass and window cleaner. And you will certainly already have some of them at home. You can use the following ingredients and things for your homemade glass cleaner!

Ingredients for the DIY glass cleaner

These ingredients are ideal for a home-made glass and window cleaner:

  • Bio-ethanol / spirit: Alcohol has a grease and dirt-dissolving effect and ensures that no streaks remain after cleaning the window.
  • Lemon juice: The juice of the citrus fruit has a fat-dissolving effect and makes the glass shine again. To obtain it, simply squeeze a lemon. The recommended ratio of lemon juice to water is 1:10.
  • Lemon or orange peel: The peel of citrus fruits can also be used for DIY glass cleaner.
  • Vinegar / apple cider vinegar: Vinegar and apple cider vinegar also have a fat-dissolving, disinfecting and antiseptic effect and can even be used against limescale and rust. Here you can get Vinegar.
  • Baking soda: Sodium hydrogen carbonate has a fungicidal and antibacterial effect when cleaning glass. Depending on the grain size, it can also have an abrasive effect without scratching the glass. In the article about Soda applications you will find out exactly why baking soda is also known as the household miracle weapon.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch also has a fat-dissolving effect, which is why this household remedy is ideal for our homemade window cleaner.
  • Water: We use plain tap water to find an appropriate ratio for the ingredients and to obtain a larger quantity.

Of course, you don't need all of these ingredients. However, all of them are generally suitable for homemade glass cleaners.

Things for glass cleaning

To get glass 100% clean and to be able to make the glass cleaner yourself, a few items are necessary. Even if you probably already have some of them at home, I would like to briefly introduce these items to you:

  • Cotton cloth: Which cloth you use for wiping is crucial! Therefore, use a soft cotton cloth that does not fluff and cleans the windshield 100%. Good You can get cleaning cloths made from organic cotton here*.
  • Spray bottle / atomizer: As with a conventional glass cleaner, you also need a container in which to store the homemade glass cleaner and then spray it onto the glass. You can use a rinsed old bottle for this or you can use Get a glass spray bottle here*.
  • Funnel: If you use a spray bottle with a narrow opening, you may need a funnel. I can provide you with one of these Stainless steel funnel recommend
  • Kitchen grater: You will also need a kitchen grater for the glass cleaner made from citrus peel. If you don't already have one at home, you can use a such stainless steel kitchen grater* use.
  • Juicer: If you decide to make your own glass cleaner from citrus juice, you will also need a juicer. If you don't already have one in your kitchen, you can use this Stainless steel citrus juicer use
  • Newsprint: You must have known that Fold garbage bags from old newspaper can. It gets even better! As newspaper is very absorbent and does not fluff, it is also suitable for streak-free cleaning of glass surfaces. (optional)

That's all you need! You can now find out how to combine the individual ingredients and items to make great window cleaners and glass cleaners using recipes and instructions.

1. DIY glass cleaner from organic ethanol and apple cider vinegar

DIY glass cleaner do it yourself

Bio-ethanol is an alcohol obtained through the fermentation of grain, potatoes and sugar cane. Whether on the glass of the shower cubicle or outside on the window glass - as soon as drops hit the glass, they bead off thanks to the use of bio-ethanol.

If you would like to make your own natural glass cleaner from organic ethanol, the following Ingredients and quantities₁ are recommended:

  • 250 ml bio ethanol
  • 2-3 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 250 ml water
  • Spray bottle

Note: You can find out where to get these items and ingredients for the homemade glass cleaner at the top of the article.

Preparation & application of the glass cleaner

If you want to make your own natural glass cleaner from organic ethanol and apple cider vinegar, you can combine the ingredients as follows:

  1. Open the spray bottle and attach a filter.
  2. Now add all the water, apple cider vinegar and organic ethanol in the recommended quantities.
  3. Just close and shake vigorously.
  4. Use glass cleaner as usual.

Notice: Compared to glass cleaner made from citrus peel, this glass cleaner can also be produced at very short notice.

2. DIY glass cleaner from lemon peel & vinegar

Make glass cleaner yourself from lemons

Did you know that the "seemingly useless" peels of citrus fruits such as lemons also have a cleansing effect? I recommend simply grating them down with a fine kitchen grater. This way, the peels can be stored for longer and even freeze plastic free.

Note: Another advantage is that we do not use citrus fruits in the Worm composter are allowed to be disposed of - so it's great that they can still be used in the household.

In the following I would like to give you a short guide including the Ingredients₂ for the homemade glass cleaner made from lemon peel, vinegar and water. You will need these things:

  • 125 ml cup Vinegar
  • peels of lemons (alternatively also from oranges)
  • 125 ml cup water
  • Spray bottle

Note: You can find out where to get these items and ingredients for the homemade glass cleaner at the top of the article.

Preparation & application of the glass cleaner

To make your own natural glass or window cleaner, simply combine the above ingredients.

  1. First, put the (grated) peels of the lemon in a glass.
  2. Then add 125 ml of vinegar and cover the mixture with a cloth.
  3. After 1-2 weeks of dark storage, you can pour the mixture through a sieve with a stainless steel funnel into the spray bottle.
  4. Only now add the 125 ml of water.
  5. After you have securely closed the spray bottle and shaken it thoroughly, you can use the homemade glass cleaner.

Tip: As it takes some time to make this glass cleaner, you can make a larger quantity yourself.

3. DIY glass cleaner from lemon juice & vinegar

Make glass cleaner yourself from lemons

You can make a great glass cleaner yourself not only from the peel, but also from the juice of the lemon. And as described above, vinegar also has a grease-dissolving and dirt-cleaning effect. A homemade glass cleaner made from both will make your windows shine again.

Here, of course, you can also get all Ingredients and things you need for this homemade glass cleaner in the overview:

  • Juice of one squeezed lemon (1/10 of the water content)
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Water (9/10 water, 1/10 lemon juice)
  • Spray bottle

Note: You can find out where to get these items and ingredients for the homemade glass cleaner at the top of the article.

Preparation & application of the glass cleaner

Making this natural glass cleaner from lemon juice and apple cider vinegar is not complicated either. Simply proceed as follows:

  1. Open a preserving jar and add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and water together.
  2. Wait five minutes until the ingredients are completely mixed together.
  3. Now pour the mixture into the spray bottle through a funnel.
  4. The same applies here: close the cap, shake vigorously and then use as usual.

Notice: This glass cleaner can also be produced in a short time.

Make glass cleaner yourself - Easy, right?

DIY glass cleaner do it yourself

It's not that complicated to make your own glass and window cleaner, is it? Your Health will thank you! You even save a lot in the long run Money and also lots of Plastic waste with it. Completely in the sense of the Zero Waste Lifestyle so.

I think it's important to make things like this ourselves instead of always taking everything we get in the supermarket for granted. It's not a given that we have to buy a chemical glass cleaner from the supermarket for a lot of money. Unfortunately, it has simply become a habit. Oh, I'm getting lost.

Now I wish you lots of fun with one of the homemade glass cleaners! If you have any questions or tips, please leave me a comment under this post on the DIY blog.

Stay clean,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS: Want to learn more about plastic-free living? Then you are welcome to read my new Plastic-free book for beginners read. Have fun with it!



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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

6 thoughts on “Natürliche Glasreiniger selber machen – So geht’s!”

  1. Brigitta Heinritz

    For a good 2 months, I am totally excited about this site. Experiment try out. My enthusiasm increases more and more.and I do not need to give big explanations at home. Everyone goes along with it. I continue U. Hope to implement many tips that are here. Thank you that you exist.

    1. Hi Brigitta! Thank you so much for your message - that's great to hear 🙂 .
      Continue to have fun and best regards,

  2. Hi Monique! Super that everything worked out and thanks for your great feedback! 🙂
    Many greetings

  3. Thank you for the post on natural glass cleaners. My uncle can't tolerate preservatives, so he provides a window cleaning company that uses cleaners without preservatives. Good to know that you can use lemon and orange peel for a cleaner.

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