May 21, 2012

Zee Best

I'm cheap.  The polite thing to say is that I'm frugal but the reality is I'm pretty cheap: I hate spending money that I don't have to especially on things that don't make me or others smile or fill my belly with a full o' fab food feeling.  Do I want to spend money on cleaning supplies? No.  Do I?  Yes (well I pay for some of them and my amazing mother-in-law purchases others for us).  Does it make me happy to have money spent on cleaning supplies? No.

As of a few months ago I made the decision to no longer purchase window cleaner because it is a ridiculous waste of money.  I spend money to have a fabulous woman clean my home twice a month because it makes me super happy to come home to a clean home after a long day of work and I almost never have to mop floors which makes me extra happy BUT paying for window cleaning solution that I know can be made for pennies: no longer happening.  That was the longest sentence ever.

I have tried out two recipes for window cleaner since I made the decision not to purchase it any more and silly me did not save the links or write the recipes down.  Both were decent but nothing to call home (or blog) about.  Today I could not find the most recent bottle of  cleaner I had made and the patio doors were screaming my name.  The four huge sprays of bird poop that I've been staring at while trying to enjoy meals could no longer be ignored.  I considered taking a before picture but really who wants to see a photograph of bird graffiti?

I searched the web for something along the lines of "Best homemade window cleaner recipe" and I was led to... the BEST homemade window cleaner recipe.  Seriously.  Awesome.  Be sure to shake the bottle well before you use the spray each time you go to use it or you might clog your sprayer.

Thank you Crunchy Betty for a freaking awesome recipe!! 

Alvin Corn Homemade Glass Cleaner (taken from the Crunchy Betty blot)
What You Need
1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
1/4 c. white vinegar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 c. warm water

What You Do
Combine everything in a spray bottle, and shake it up!

Another thing I learned today about cleaning windows is that removing masking tape residue from glass can be a royal pain the ass.  There are a billion recipes and tips available online but I found that straight rubbing alcohol and a little scrubbing worked wonders for me!


Manager to Mom said...

Have you tried the Norwex polish/window cloth? It's totally win!!!

Lois said...

Hey J!
That's my girl! Frugal is fun!
You never told me about this cleaner but then you probably thought I would never use the stuff anyway...LOL! Or maybe you did tell me and I just forgot. That happens quite often doesn't it? Oh well.
Maybe one day when I am out of my current 5 bottles of window cleaner I will try this. But then, the way I clean windows it will take another 50 years before I get through those 5 bottles. hee..hee..hee..