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Glass Cleaner

Yet another miracle of the at-home chemistry lab. Two weeks ago we made glass cleaner. The housekeeper used it and all the windows and mirrors looked clean… but, we had noticed that sometimes lately she sneaks in her own cleaning products to use for some reason, so we couldn’t be 100% sure it was our glass cleaner. (I don’t think she trusts our homemade concoctions.) Luckily, the hubby’s car windows were disgusting due to Sir Oberon Newton’s (the dog’s) nose, so he cleaned them with the new glass cleaner. He said it worked great and he gave it an added “+” because it squeaks when you clean with it. I don’t know if there is any real foundation to squeaking being a good thing, but it made him happy! So take a leap of faith with me here, because I found this recipe to be a little strange:

Glass Cleaner

2 cups hot water

1/4 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Yep. Now, I don’t know much about much, but I have no idea why this recipe needs cornstarch. I got it from someone who got it from their grandpa, so I was willing to give it a try, because, well, grandpa’s are reliable when it comes to homemade solutions, right?

Worked like a gem.

And while the picture is horrible because I took it on my blackberry today, you can plainly see how I ghetto-rig my homemade cleaning supplies. It’s an old spray bottle from another bottle of glass cleaner (I clean these thoroughly before reusing – if they are gunkified, you can soak them or the spray parts in white vinegar!) with – and I say this somewhat sheepishly – a sticky note with the ingredients scotch taped to the outside. Simple. To the point. Cheap. Isn’t that why we’re here?


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