Everyone today tries to do their part to be environmentally friendly. While some things might costs us more money in order to be environmentally friendly, such as the materials for home remodeling projects, there are simple things we can change around our homes in order to do our part for the environment. The next time you clean your windows, think about giving up the commercial cleaners and using products that are probably lying around your house already. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they also do a better job.
If there is one household product that every homeowner should always have around, it is vinegar. Vinegar is a great general purpose cleaner around your home and is especially good for cleaning windows. All you need in order to use vinegar on your windows is a squirt of liquid dish soap, ¼ cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water. Mix these ingredients up in a spray bottle and you have your own homemade window cleaner.
Ammonia also makes a very effective window cleaner since it is the main ingredient in most commercial cleaners. Simply add 1 tablespoon of ammonia to one gallon of water to mix your own ammonia window cleaner. Add it to a spray bottle and use it just as you would use a commercial cleaner.
If your windows have stubborn streaks, grime or any other residue on them, a lemon can do the hard work for you! All it takes is to squeeze the seeds out of a lemon and use it like a scrubbing sponge on your windows in the areas that need it, finishing it off with a soft, dry cloth.
When you use any of these cleaners, always finish off with a dry soft cloth to make sure that you remove any residue or streaks that the cleaners might have left behind. When you choose to make your own household cleaners, you are saving yourself money as well as choosing to be friendly to the environment.