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Vinegar-Free Homemade Glass & Floor Cleaner

homemade glass and floor cleaner

Most homemade glass/floor cleaner recipes call for vinegar. And I can see why. It’s inexpensive. It kills germs. It’s safe enough to drink. But if you can’t even use it because your husband and kids won’t stop complaining about the smell, it’s just not going to work. So I switched to an alcohol-based recipe that no one has complained about yet! I think it works better than vinegar and water, which left streaks when I used it. It’s super easy to make and it only cost me $0.86 for 24 oz! Streak-free, smell-free, and stress-free. What’s not to love?

Vinegar-Free Homemade Glass & Floor Cleaner Recipe

16 oz. water
4 oz. vodka
10-20 drops essential oils (optional)

I used the cheapest vodka I could find. Lately I’ve been loving pine essential oil in my homemade cleaners for the “clean” aroma and extra disinfecting power.

What homemade cleaners do you make?


Kendra blogs at Our Homemade Happiness and writes about all things homemade, especially cleaners, skincare & healthy eating.  
Kendra Drake
Kendra Drake
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Kendra started her blog after her husband suffered from mono symptoms for over two years and his blood results showed some liver disease.  Since the liver is responsible for filtering out chemicals and toxins from the bloodstream, she started to realize how many chemicals are in everything we buy, from processed food to household cleaners, lotion, and even air freshener.  She has become inspired to rid her home of as many chemicals as she can, one product at a time, and write about it along the way.
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  • jay
    December 31, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    This recipe for glass cleaner was the best thing ever for my car windows.

  • Amber Allen
    April 12, 2014 at 2:05 am

    This works great and smells so much better than the vinegar mixture I was using before. Thank you for the great idea!

  • Amber Allen
    April 12, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Just made it and used it to clean all the windows. It smells and works great! Thank you so much.

  • Christine
    February 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Love it!! I’m trying it today! Just made my first batch!

  • Krista Zsako
    November 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I loved this! Works great!

  • KimberlyCasmer
    August 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    This is awesome… my husband hates the smell of vinegar in the house so I have switched back to cleaners. I think I will try this out.

  • Anonymous
    June 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Such a waste of vodka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    May 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Do those of you who use alcohol what is the ratio, water, alcohol, vinegar??

  • Anonymous
    May 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Robyn, you can find essential oils at Walmart where they have/sell candles and potpourri. I have been using a combination of water and rubbing alcohol for sometime now. I cleans very well and leaves no streaks, even gets nicotine off car windows which is not easy!

  • labbie1
    May 20, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Interesting! Sounds like a very good idea–I am thinking lemon or orange or bergamot.

  • Robyn@SimplyMe1970
    May 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Hmm Vodka, never gave it a thought but I think I’ll try it.. I do use vinegar to clean with but the smell is pretty harsh and even gets to me sometimes too..Where does one buy essential oils?

  • Cindi513
    May 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I appreciate your efforts in bringing us lots of good stuff but to waste vodka in cleaning is a sin. 🙂
    I use vinegar and rubbing alcohol with water..

    I make one that is not toxic to spray around my birds: Orange peel and vinegar. Fill a large jar with orange peels, when you fill it up fill the bottle with vinegar let stand for a few weeks, cut with water TWO TO ONE AND SPRAY, EVEN KILLS ANTS..

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