Fall is on the way, and for many of us, the change in season means tidying up the house in advance of the holiday busy-ness to come. Lately, I’m favoring natural cleaning products and solutions over chemical-heavy store bought versions, and one of my favorite ingredients to use for cleaning is essential oils.
Essential oils come in so many varieties that are good for multiple purposes. The best essential oils for cleaning not only make your home smell amazing, but they’re great for disinfecting, sanitizing, and shining areas and items around your whole house.
Recently, I went in search of an essential oil glass cleaner that I could use on mirrors and windows. It might seem counterintuitive to rub an oil all over your glass surfaces to get them clean, but the recipe I found made my mirrors sparkle like they’ve never done before.
I discovered this essential oil glass cleaner on One Essential Community from blogger Sara Lewis. While she suggests using a few different combinations of oils, I opted for peppermint and lemon essential oil.
The secret ingredients that make this essential oil glass cleaner so effective are vodka or rubbing alcohol and cornstarch. Vodka or rubbing alcohol are great glass cleaners because they evaporate quickly, leaving your glass surfaces shiny and streak-free. According to Lewis and other online experts, cornstarch is ideal for clearing streaks and spots because it binds to the water that gets trapped in the tiny pits on your glass surfaces. I’ve seen similar recipes for essential oil glass cleaners without the cornstarch, so if you don’t have any on hand, you can omit it from this recipe.
Ready to get sparkling windows and mirrors for pennies? Follow the recipe below.
DIY Essential Oil Glass Cleaner
- Large spray bottle
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup vodka or rubbing alcohol
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
Combine all your ingredients in the spray bottle, close the top, and shake vigorously. Before each use, be sure to shake the bottle. Spray solution onto your glass surfaces and wipe clean with paper towels or microfiber cloths.
That’s it! We hope you love this easy DIY glass cleaner as much as we do. Here’s to a fresher, healthier home!
This story originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.