Below is the second post in my original Witch Green Cleaning Series. It was first posted on January 6, 2013 (and then in January 2014). I have added a bit more information on Witchy Add-Ins from the original. I hope you enjoy these posts. I have been using these cleaners in my home for over 2 years now and I am thrilled with them!
This is the second post in my Witchy Green Cleaning series. Click here to see the first post on a simple bathroom cleaner (2015 re-post).
For this post I experimented with two green window and mirror cleaners. Both are simple to make and the ingredients are very similar.
Window & Mirror Cleaner 1
This recipe was listed on the Being Frugal website: www.beingfrugal.net
- 2 Cups Water
- ¼ C. Vinegar
- ½ tsp. Original Formula Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
Window & Mirror Cleaner 2
The second recipe is super simple, very similar to the one above and was found on the Daily Green Website: www.thedailygreen.com
- 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
- 1 Gallon Water
Mix and pour into a spray bottle.
With both formulas you spray the mixture onto your window or mirror and then wipe clean with newsprint, not paper towels since paper towels tend to cause streaking.
My results: Both cleaners worked beautifully. The mirrors were sparkling clean and were streak free.
After the first use I decided to add a tiny bit of essential oil to the second formula. The reason I chose to experiment with this particular formula was because it did not contain the Dawn Dish Washing Liquid and I am pretty confident that if the oil does not leave a film with this formula it will also be fine in the first formula.
Since this product is for windows as well as mirrors I chose to add Bergamot oil for its protection, prosperity and luck properties. I added 10 drops to the 25 oz. spray bottle of my solution.
My results were fantastic. No residue, no smearing and no streaking.
2 Cups. Water = .12
¼ C. Vinegar = .04
½ Teaspoon Dawn Dishwashing Liquid = .01
Total: $.17 per 18 oz batch roughly .01 per ounce
2 Tablespoons Vinegar = .02
1 Gallon Water = .88 (cost for 1 gallon of bottle water at Walmart)
Total= .90 which breaks down to .007 or less than 1 penny per ounce!
Windex = $3.49 for 20 oz = .18 per ounce
**New for 2014** Witchy Add-In's
I realized when I was preparing to re-post that I neglected to include additional Witchy Add-In ideas in the original post. You can of course use any of the oils listed in the Bathroom Cleaner post or you can try one of the following:
Bergamot (This is the oil I use) - This oil is great for guest bathrooms and the windows of the house. A few of the magical properties associated with Bergamot oil are protection, prosperity and luck.
Oregano - This is an all around great oil for the bathroom mirror or any room that you want happiness and tranquility in. Some of the magical properties associated with Oregano oil's are happiness, tranquility, health and protection.
Cinnamon Leaf - This is a great oil to use in the cleaner for you bedroom mirrors or windows. Some of the magical properties associated with Cinnamon Leaf oil are love, passion, and luck.
While saving money is awesome, the fact that I can whip up a batch from ingredients I almost always have on hand, in less than a minute, can personalize the scent to suit my taste and can add some additional magical mojo to my cleaning makes these products exactly what I needed. One more safe cleaning alternative for my home. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to do this. Seriously!
Next up an all purpose cleaner, this one is a bit more involved ingredient wise but it is very versatile, still a green choice, inexpensive to make and again, I can add some extra oomph to it!