Windows 2.0: Non-toxic window cleaner so you can see clearly


story by Leah R. TroianoAs April nears, I’m always looking for the first signs of spring: crocus breaching the soil, warmer weather and abundant sunshine. But what I most look forward to is replacing my storm windows with screens, so I can open the windows and let in fresh air. Doing this is always a reminder that I need to scrub the winter grime from my windows.

The first cleaning is never a quick spray-and-wipe job. There’s a lot of muck that needs to be washed off before those windows can shine. It would be easy to buy a bottle of commercial window cleaner, but I’m usually not satisfied with the end result, and I’m almost never happy with the ingredients. Many well-known cleaners contain ammonia, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol or methanol, all of which can be harmful if swallowed or inhaled in large quantities. So I make my own. It’s so quick and easy to put together that I don’t lose my window-cleaning motivation.

How to Make your own Window Cleaner

  • Combine vinegar, soap, water and essential oils in a spray bottle.
  • Shake. For regular use, spray onto window and wipe off.
  • For very dirty windows such as an outside window, spray window generously, then scrub gently with an old kitchen scrubber, removing any debris stuck to the window.
  • Wipe with a cotton cloth.
  • Spray again and wipe clean with newspaper or paper towel.

Leah R. Troiano, a certified cancer support educator, works with people who have cancer or would like to prevent cancer. Videos on how to make the products featured in this column can be found at Contact Leah at