DIY Glass Cleaners Put to the Test

By | February 1, 2018

We LOVE residence treatments. There are occasions when you don’t have any selection however to run to the retailer and purchase a specialised cleaner, however we’ve discovered that for many cleansing issues a DIY resolution can work simply as properly. This ought to be very true for a floor like glass that doesn’t have any of the chemical restrictions that the majority different surfaces do. Residence treatments are normally a lot cheaper than their industrial counterparts as properly and by making the cleaner your self, you can even make sure it solely incorporates substances you’re feeling protected having in your house.

The recipes that we selected to take a look at are from a few of our favourite cleansing books and a few credible web sites, in addition to our personal creations. We put every recipe by means of a number of assessments, took plenty of photos and have been shocked by a few of the outcomes, however we discovered the winner and that cleaner is now in our personal properties for normal use!

Testing Technique

To measure the effectiveness of every cleaner, we did two separate assessments: eradicating hairspray and eradicating oil. We picked hairspray and oil to take a look at towards as a result of the commonest motive for home windows to be soiled is from oil (both from fingerprints, or the oil that will get in the air from cooking). Apart from home windows, a rest room mirror is the fundamental place for glass cleaner to be used and one in every of the commonest causes for it to be troublesome to clear is the over-spray from hairspray.

Some of those assessments we ran a complete of… look ahead to it… 9 instances! Our major concern was having the ability to doc the ends in the most correct manner, and every time we ran the assessments, we got here up with a brand new concept to make the outcomes much more clear. For our last (and finest!) testing space, we coated a bit of cardboard with black velvet, reduce a gap in it and hooked up the digicam lens by means of the gap. We then hung the digicam over a mirror, which is the glass floor we examined the cleaners on.

The digicam was set to handbook (focus, publicity, and IOS) so no changes could be wanted and we used a distant to take the photos so the digicam woukdnt’t transfer in any respect. As soon as we had the photos, we inverted the colours on the pc to extra clearly present the residue and dirt, which is why the photos you will notice beneath have a white background.

For the hairspray take a look at, we used a paintbrush to apply Aqua Web Further Tremendous Maintain hairspray over the floor of the mirror, then used a warmth gun to dry the spray. Right here (left) is a picture of what the glass appears like with the hairspray utilized.

For the oil take a look at, we wiped some Organics further virgin olive oil over the mirror with a bit of sponge. Right here (left) is a picture of what the glass appears like with the olive oil utilized.

Every cleaner recipe was poured into a twig bottle and spritzed onto the ‘soiled’ mirror 3 times, then a bit of newspaper was rubbed over the mirror for cleansing. Newspaper is usually really useful for cleansing glass as a result of it doesn’t create as a lot lint as different paper items until you tear it, and the ink on it supposedly helps with cleansing too. If you would like to use a smaller piece of newspaper, ensure to reduce it with scissors somewhat than tearing it to keep away from creating lint. We reduce the newspaper into four″ squares and used a clear piece for every wipe down.

The mud (specks) that may be seen on the images are from the newspaper. If the cleaner didn’t instantly dissolve the dried hairspray residue or the oil then there was elevated friction, main to elevated newspaper mud. Nevertheless, needless to say most of the photos beneath can have some mud on them anyway; this mud is microscopic and wouldn’t be seen in a real-world scenario.

For every take a look at, the cleaner was given two possibilities (sprayed on, wiped off, sprayed on once more, wiped off once more). Between every spherical of testing the glass was cleaned with a industrial non-green glass cleaner (Sprayway Glass Cleaner) and newspaper, then polished with a leather chamois. If needed, an air blaster was additionally used to take away extra mud between assessments.

The Recipes

The DIY recipes that we selected to take a look at are simple to make and have substances which are both widespread home goods or simple to purchase. Distilled water was used as a substitute of faucet water because it has no mineral content material as that would lead to a haze or streaks on the glass.

  1. Water + Vinegar + Castile Cleaning soap
    • 2 components Distilled Water + 1 half White Vinegar + 1 drop Dr. Bronner’s Child Delicate Castile Cleaning soap
    • Supply: Pure Inexperienced Residence Cleansing for Rookies by R. Kishore
    • Supply: Extraordinary Makes use of for Bizarre Issues by Reader’s Digest
    • Supply: Higher Fundamentals for the Residence by Annie Berthold-Bond
  2. Water + Vinegar + Alcohol + Cornstarch
  3. Water + Vinegar + Alcohol
    • 16 components Distilled Water + 16 components 99% Isopropyl Alcohol + 1 half White Vinegar
    • Supply: Pure Inexperienced Residence Cleansing for Rookies by R. Kishore
    • Supply: Home Works by Cynthia Townley Ewer
  4. Water + Vinegar
    • 1 half Distilled Water + 1 half White Vinegar
    • Supply: Haynes Techbook Automotive Detailing Handbook by Jay D. Storer and John H. Haynes
    • Supply: Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart
    • Supply: The Cleansing Bible by Kim Woodburn and Aggie Mackenzie
    • Supply: The Nation Almanac of Housekeeping Methods That Save You Cash by Richard Freudenberger and Backhome Journal
    • Supply: Joey Inexperienced’s Cleansing Magic by Joey Inexperienced
    • Supply: Higher Fundamentals for the Residence by Annie Berthold-Bond
  5. Water + Cornstarch
    • 10 ml Distilled Water + 1/32 tsp. Cornstarch
  6. Water + Citric Acid
    • 9 ml Distilled Water + 1 ml Citric Acid
  7. Water + Castile Cleaning soap
    • 10 ml Distilled Water + 1 drop of Dr. Bronner’s Child Delicate Castile Cleaning soap
    • Supply: Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart
  8. Water + Borax
    • 16 components Distilled Water + 1 half Borax
  9. Water + Baking Soda
    • 10 ml Distilled Water + 1/32 tsp. baking soda
  10. Water + Ammonia + Vinegar + Alcohol
    • 2.5 gallons Distilled Water+ 1/four cup Ammonia + 1/four cup White Vinegar + 1/four cup 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
  11. Water + Ammonia
    • 1 half Distilled Water + 1 half Ammonia
  12. Water + Alcohol
    • three components Distilled Water + 1 half 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
    • Supply: The Cleansing Encyclopedia by Don Aslett
  13. Water
    • Nice Worth Distilled Water
  14. Vinegar + Grapefruit
    • Grapefruit peels steeped in a jar of White Vinegar for two weeks
  15. Membership Soda + Alcohol
    • three components Membership Soda + 1 half 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
  16. Membership Soda
    • Canada Dry Low Sodium Membership Soda
    • Supply: Inexperienced Clear by Linda Mason-Hunter and Mikki Halpin
    • Supply: Family Hints for Dummies by Janet Sobesky
    • Supply: No-Problem Home Cleansing by Christina Spence
  17. Alcohol + Grapefruit
    • Grapefruit peels steeped in a jar of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol for two weeks
  18. Alcohol + Baking Soda + Citric Acid
    • 9 ml 99% Isopropyl Alcohol + 1/32 tsp. Baking Soda + 1 ml Citric Acid

Comparative Evaluation

Listed below are the photos from every kind of take a look at (hairspray and olive oil) grouped collectively for comparability. Every of the photos beneath is the last picture taken in the testing of every recipe. As soon as the glass had been cleaned twice, we then rubbed a big X over the heart with a piece of dishwashing sponge to make any remaining residue extra seen. (There have been some cleaners that smeared the ‘dust’ over the mirror’s floor so properly that it was virtually unnoticeable with out drawing the X.) In the actual world, the mud that’s seen in the last photos wouldn’t be noticeable, solely the residue, streaks and Xs could be seen.

After finishing these DIY assessments, we started testing store-bought cleaners the similar manner, which you’ll be able to see the full particulars for in the article Pure Retailer-Purchased Glass Cleaners Put to the Test that we are going to be posting quickly (keep tuned!). The outcomes from these assessments are completed so we additionally added two outcomes (numbers 19 and 20) from the prime performing store-bought glass cleaners to every of those graphics to extra simply to evaluate how these DIY cleaners labored towards cleaners which are extra acquainted. The one distinction with the industrial cleaner assessments was that we used macadamia nut oil as a substitute of olive oil as a result of we have been out of olive oil at the moment. The photographs beneath are clickable to allow them to be enlarged for nearer inspection.

Outcomes

As we carried out the assessments, we made notes on how every cleaner carried out. Primarily based on our visible inspection alone, our decide was the Membership Soda + Alcohol combination (#15). We thought this cleaner gained so strongly, that we even made up a much bigger batch of it and put it beneath our personal toilet sinks! After inspecting the assessments with the picture colours inverted nonetheless, clearly there’s residue that was smeared over the floor of the glass so properly that our eyes couldn’t see it. That is most likely one in every of the fundamental the reason why there’s a lot confusion over which cleaner actually works the finest (the eyes may be deceiving).

The photographs beneath are additionally clickable to allow them to be seen full dimension for nearer inspection.

Hairspray Prime Performers:

1. Alcohol + Grapefruit (#17)

  • Little to no residue.
  • Little to no mud.
  • The smudge is residue (we missed a spot), however the surrounding space is completely clear. No seen X in any respect.

2. Water + Alcohol (#12)

  • Very minor residue.
  • Minor mud.
  • A wonderful efficiency total.

Olive Oil Prime Performers:

1. Alcohol + Grapefruit (#17)

  • Little to no residue.
  • Little to no mud.
  • The smudge is residue (we missed a spot), however the surrounding space is completely clear. No seen X in any respect.

2. Water + Ammonia (#11)

  • Minor residue.
  • Minor mud.
  • Out of all the photos, the X on this one is the least seen.

Winner

We have been shocked to see that the similar cleaner gained each challenges! Rating!

The profitable cleaner was the Alcohol + Grapefruit Peels combination (#17). The even higher information is that we additionally carried out assessments utilizing Alcohol + Lemon Peels and Alcohol + Lime Peels, and all three carried out the similar. So there’s truly three winners!

We created a information for the way to make these fruit alcohols, so if you would like to make one your self, you possibly can study all about it right here: DIY Citrus Cleaners. (It’s tremendous simple!)

One of the finest components of utilizing alcohol is that it’s a gentle disinfectant, which is what you need for a loo mirror particularly, so not solely does this cleaner work properly for eradicating residue, it additionally kills off micro organism which may be there as properly. Nevertheless, somewhat than the harsh alcohol scent that’s regular for isopropyl alcohol, every of the cleaners smelled strongly of their fruit, which was one other nice profit. Much more enjoyable, in addition they took on the coloration of their fruit!

Pure substances. Pure scent. Pure coloration. Nice outcomes. Now that’s what we name #profitable.

Worst Performers

The outcomes clearly present that if you would like to prank somebody with unhealthy glass cleaner, give them the Water + Baking Soda recipe (#9) or the Water + Borax recipe (#eight). We actually don’t know why these cleaners carried out so poorly. It may’t be the excessive pH of these cleaners since ammonia has an excellent larger pH and most industrial glass cleaners are ammonia-based. It can also’t be as a result of they didn’t dissolve properly since even plain water did a greater job of cleansing the glass. No matter the motive, we’re grateful for the superior photos they offered, and to have a transparent reply as to whether or not these recipes ought to be utilized in a pinch. The reply: no. Plain water is a better option.

Further Suggestions:

  • To make use of newspaper to clear glass, crumple it up just a little to make a free ball, then rub it in circles over the floor.
  • For those who get any ink from the newspaper in your fingers/gloves, wash it off shortly to keep away from leaving smudges when touching different surfaces.
  • When cleansing a vertical floor, akin to a window or mirror, it’s at all times finest to work from the prime down. That is achieved in order that any dust on the prime doesn’t drip down onto an space that you simply already cleaned.
  • If there are any areas of the glass which are nonetheless moist after you will have completed cleansing, wipe them dry with dry newspaper to stop the moisture from creating drip marks or streaks.
  • It’s at all times finest to clear home windows on an overcast day. Cleansing home windows in the solar can lead to streaking as the cleaner could dry in some areas earlier than the window is totally cleaned.
  • Many store-bought glass cleaners include waxes. If you would like to attempt testing a DIY glass cleaner your self, ensure to clear the floor first with a mixture of 1 cup water, 1/four cup white vinegar, and most significantly, a squirt of dish liquid to take away the wax.
  • At all times use warning when working with any cleaner. We advocate sporting gloves and ventilating the space, in addition to contemplating splash goggles or different protecting tools in each cleansing scenario.
  • At all times be cautious of different areas the place a cleaner would possibly drip or spray. Ammonia glass cleaners may injury window putty or any components on the window body which are aluminum, and vinegar cleaners may injury marble counter tops.
  • In accordance to our assessments, a 1:2 water to alcohol ratio is flammable, however a 1:three ratio shouldn’t be, which signifies that the Alcohol + Grapefruit recipe is flammable and shouldn’t be used close to an open flame. The recipes for Water + Alcohol and Membership Soda + Alcohol that we used have been a 1:four ratio and subsequently are non-flammable.

Sources:

  • The Cleansing Encyclopedia by Don Aslett
  • Inexperienced Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck
  • Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart
  • The Nation Almanac of Housekeeping Methods That Save You Cash by Richard Freudenberger and Backhome Journal

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