It’s still winter but the sun seems brighter. Days are getting longer, which I personally love. Even with a bout of cabin fever, I know Spring is getting nearer. Yet with all this lovely sun shinning through my windows……… aaaaaaa………the windows have that winter film and streaks! I don’t know about you but I really detest streaky windows.
I have tried all sorts of cleaners – I gave up on store products years ago. I would clean so carefully using 2 to 3 rags the windows would appear to be perfect but no matter what I’d do the streaks would somehow magically appear the next morning.
The only cleaner I have ever used is no longer available, something Mom used, I believe it was called “glass wax.” It was a thick white fluid, much the same as stove glass top cleaners. I’m wondering if they are not 1 in the same? On the plus side -the results were always perfectly cleaned windows (no streaks) – on the down side, it was a mess to use.
You would rub a thin coat all over the window, let it dry to a white film and then take newspapers to wipe it off. There was always this white dust left, so you had to vacuum. And your hands turned black from the newspaper ink, better not touch anything!
So……………. where am I going with this??? This morning I found a solution……lol….little play of words.
I did what everyone does I “googled” it, and I found a wonderful homemade concoction.
I’ve already used it and YES – clean windows no streaks.
So my friends mix up a spray bottle – label it and think of me when the sun shines in !!!!!
delighted………..you stopped by
Homemade Window Cleaner
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups water
8-10 drops essential oil optional ( Lemon, orange, or another citrus but lavender or others would be nice as well.)
1. Combine everything in a spray bottle, buy one at a dollar store
2. Shake well to mix.
3. Spray onto glass surface and wipe clean.
TIPS & NOTES:
– Shake well before using since the cornstarch might clog up your spray nozzle otherwise.
– Allergic to corn? I’m sure other starches like tapioca or arrowroot will work as well.
– Use microfiber cloths or rags to wipe your surfaces clean. Paper towels leave lint and are more wasteful.
– Make sure to label your bottle
On a microscopic level, glass is not perfectly smooth. When you spray water on it, the water molecules get caught in the pits on the glass surface. Water also clings to itself through hydrogen bonding – the hydrogen atoms from two molecules cling together. Water stuck in the glass + water stuck to more water = streaking. Cornstarch (or dish soap or oil-even a couple drops of essential oil) disrupts the hydrogen bonding, thus preventing streaks!
This information from http://wholenewmom.com/