All-Natural Homemade Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Homemade Glass Cleaner information. Tips and tricks. Sparkling glass and mirrors make a home look and feel clean. However, getting the city grime off of your Houston home’s windows can be a challenge. Many commercial glass and mirror cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can affect the indoor air or harm your skin. Using homemade household cleaners reduces the amount of harmful substances that go into air, water and soil. A natural homemade glass cleaner also reduces soapy buildup on mirrors and glass. If you want to keep your Houston frameless shower doors and bathroom mirrors looking sparkling new, read on to learn how to make your own natural glass cleaner.

Composition of Commercial and Homemade Glass Cleaner

The ingredients of commercial glass cleaners may surprise you. Ammonia, solvents, dyes and artificial perfumes are common. Many ingredients are harmful to children or people who have allergies, asthma or compromised immune systems. Labels often warn to avoid prolonged contact with skin, use in well-ventilated areas and avoid contact with the eyes. In addition, many glass cleaning products contain wax or soaps that can leave a film on your Houston frameless shower doors.

White vinegar, or acetic acid, is wonderful for cleaning almost anything in your home without the hazards of harsh chemicals. It easily dissolves oils and soap scum. It is economical, non-toxic and has antibacterial properties. Even if your children accidentally swallow it, it is not harmful.

Glass Cleaning Recipes

Here are two glass and mirror cleaning recipes using vinegar. You can adjust the strength of the vinegar according to the buildup of grime, soap or wax on your Houston frameless shower doors. Some people also add liquid dishwashing soap. Others add a few drops of essential oil to offset the smell of vinegar. However, the odor of vinegar does not remain after it dries.

1. Basic Vinegar Glass Cleaner

For normal dust and grime, mix:

2 cups water

¼ cup white vinegar

½ tsp. liquid dish soap (optional)

2. Heavy-Duty Vinegar Glass Cleaner

For glass with more soil or soap scum, such as your Houston home’s shower doors, use a one-to-one ratio of water and vinegar:

1 cup water

1 cup white vinegar

½ tsp. liquid dish soap (optional)

You can use straight vinegar on heavily soiled areas or spots.

Pour mixture into a clean, dry spray bottle. Label the bottle so you know what is inside. Spray onto windows or mirrors and wipe with a lint-free cloth or newspaper. On windows or Houston shower doors, work vertically on one side and horizontally on the other so you can tell where streaks are.

Apple Glass Company provides a full range of glass and mirror services, including commercial and residential glass repair in Houston and The Woodlands. We also do new installations and glass replacement for homes, businesses and industrial sites.

To find out more about how to clean and maintain glass and mirrors to enhance the aesthetics of your home or business, call the experts at Apple Glass at 713-680-1400.