Even though Windex claims to have gotten “greener” here’s what’s still inside that iconic blue liquid: Isopropanol, 2-Butoxyethanol, Ethylene glycol n-hexyl ether, water, fragrance and blue dye. Bleh. You don’t need that in your home! Sure, you could go buy a greener, non-toxic window cleaner, but you could also just grab a spray bottle and fill it with some vinegar, water and teeny tiny bit of liquid soap (love the ultra green, super cool company: Dr. Bronner’s) and bada boom you’ve got yourself some window cleaner that’s cheap and not full of nasty chemicals. Plus, it works beautifully! What’s not to love?!
¼ cup vinegar
½ teaspoon natural liquid soap (optional; I use natural dish liquid or Dr. Bronner’s)
2 cups water
Put all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend. To use it, spray onto the glass, covering as much as you can finish in a few minutes at a time, scrub as needed with the rough side of a kitchen sponge, and squeegee off. Use a cotton cleaning cloth to dry off the blade of the squeegee between swipes, and to wipe up any liquid that puddles at the bottom edges of the windowpanes.
Recipe courtesy of Rodale