During the summer, I try to get caught up with things around the house that may have fallen by the wayside throughout the school year. One of the things that I don’t give a whole lot of thought to is cleaning the windows. So, I put this at the top of my list for this summer.
I got started on this task today. I did not get very far, but it’s a start! Before I could begin, I made my own glass cleaner.
First, I grabbed a 4 ounce amber glass spray bottle, which I ordered here. I made sure the bottle was clean by rinsing it with soapy water.
I then poured white vinegar into the bottle, filling it about halfway.
Next, I added 20 drops of lemon essential oil. I use oils from Plant Therapy, but I am sure everyone has their own favorite brand of oils to use.
Last, I filled the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. I shook it up good to mix in the oils. Every time I use this spray, I shake it up because the oils separate from the water.
Along with the window cleaner spray, I also mixed up two bottles of window screen cleaning spray. I was searching Pinterest and happened to stumble upon a recommendation for two mixtures to clean screens. This idea came from another lady’s blog, but I really liked it so I thought I would share it with you!
The first spray is a mixture of water and baking soda.
I took a 2 ounce plastic spray bottle that I got at Wal-Mart and carefully poured in one teaspoon of baking soda (and for those of you looking at the picture and thinking that I made a big mess…you are correct!).
I filled the rest of the bottle with distilled water and shook it up very well to dissolve all of the baking soda.
The final screen mixture is an antimicrobial spray to kill anything that may be lurking on the screens.
I took a 2 ounce amber glass spray bottle, and filled it about one quarter full with white vinegar.
I then added five drops each of cinnamon bark and clove bud essential oils. I filled the remainder of the bottle with distilled water and gave it a good shake.
I then took my window cleaning trio and paper towels upstairs to the bathroom window. This is the one window that has been bothering me the longest because every time I walk into the bathroom, all the dust and water spots are staring me right in the eye.
I am very thankful that the previous owners of our house installed newer windows that tilt inward and are simple to clean! I first cleaned the outside of the windows using my vinegar and lemon spray and paper towels.
While the windows were tilted in, I sprayed the screens, first with the baking soda mixture and second with the antimicrobial spray. Something I did not do at the time but I am thinking I will in the future is wipe down the screens using a cloth after it has been sprayed with baking soda. It will most likely get more dirt off of the screen. Then, after I have wiped the screens, I will use the antimicrobial spray. (If you decide to try this at home, please comment and let me know how it works!)
I really like the way this lemon oil spray cleans my windows. I will not label it as “streak free,” however, but for some people, it may be. I, on the other hand, can get streaks on my windows cleaning with streak free Windex! Maybe it’s just a talent of mine.
I know it is difficult to see from this picture, but trust me, my windows look amazing after using this homemade cleaner!
I encourage you to try these sprays and let me know how you like them! If you have any window cleaning tips of your own, I would love to hear about them as well!