Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fake Windex

I was so satisfied with the Fake Febreeze for 15 Cents, that I began wondering what other common household cleaners I could make on the cheap.  There's tons of resources out there for DIY cleaners, but I want to REPLICATE as closely as possible the Real Thing!

Probably the Number One Cleaner I use in my house is Windex.  With 4-year old, AKA "Mr. Sticky Fingers" and Scottie Dog, AKA "Mr. Greasy Nose" in the house, I use it a lot!  

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In all honesty, I have tried to use the Dollar Tree version of Windex. To me, it just seems too watery  and it leaves lots of streaks. Guess some things are just not the same as the name brand....until now!

Here's what you need:
1 Empty Windex Spray Bottle
1/8 Cup (1oz) White Ammonia
1/4 Cup (4oz) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
1 Drop Laundry Detergent
Water - To Fill The Bottle 

Isn't it nuts how most of what we're paying for is WATER?  Anyway, I tried this "refill" of my Windex and it's awesome!  No streaks & it even smells like the real thing!  

I used a 64 oz bottle of Ammonia and a 16 oz bottle of Rubbing Alcohol that I picked up for $1.00 each at the Dollar Tree.  Wait till you see how cheap it is to "fake" your own Windex:

Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Fake Windex (Ammonia $0.02, Alcohol $0.25)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $0.27

Compare to Real Windex:  $3.69

Total Fake-It Savings:  $3.42*

*If you purchase one bottle of Windex per month (and I sure do), the savings comes to $41.04 per year!


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107 comments:

  1. For cleaning windows and other streaky surfaces, I cleaned all of my windows once with the good terry cloths to get all of the old cleaner residue off... and now i just use a bottle of 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water, with a few drops of dawn dish soap. No streaks and they look super clean. I have 2 indoor cats and a huge dog, so there are plenty of nose/slobber prints to clean off all the time. And my favorite part is it doesn't dry my hands out or burn my lungs.

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  2. I have just started clipping coupons but this would still be a cheaper way to go! Thanks for posting and I will be sure to check out the other savvy savings ideas you have on your blog!!

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  3. I love this and the fake febreez receipe. I can't wait to try it. Hope you don't mind I'm going to suggest your pages from my blog Creative Expressions by Brandy

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  4. Thanks for sharing the alternatives! What a great way to save money with the way the economy is now! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I'M LIKE YOU,I REALLY GO THRU THE WINDEX. THIS SHOULD SAVE ME A BUNDLE! THANKS FOR THE TIP.

    http://trescherechattel.blogspot.com/

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  6. Being that I clean houses I purchase alot of products. I have everything listed above that I would need to make this so I am down to try it for sure.....and save money? Count me in! Thanks for the great tip.

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  7. What a great recipe. I love the whole concept of your blog, with DIY recipes and tips to save money. I actually featured this recipe on my weekly links round up since I liked it so much! You can see your link here: Laundry, Cleaning & Stain Removal Links For The Week

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  8. This is awesome! And a great way to save on all that WATER! I can't believe what a rip-off it can be. Great idea.

    Bekah
    beckaboots.blogspot.com

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  9. What an awesome idea! I've just started following your blog and I plan on going back through your archives to see everything else you've posted :)

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  10. Wow so great! Thank you for sharing! I'll be pinning this for when I run out of Windex.

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  11. This is awesome! I am going to do this when my bottle runs out. I am pinning you on Pinterest! Thank you!!

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  12. I'll try this! I have bought gereric/store brand versions of Windex and have never been satisfied (too streaky). Thanks! *visiting from Creation Corner*

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  13. Thank you so much for posting this! I'm seriously going to try this! My bottle of Windex is nearly empty and I've been pushing off buying a new one just because it does seem pointless to spend so much on basically water! I'll have to pick up some supplies and try your recipe! :)

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  14. This is one area I have been fortunate in. I have won several blog contests for cleaning suplies. I have a years supply of bleach (and I use that daily) and 2 gallons of windex (the real stuff) plus other cleaning supplies just by entering online contests.
    When I do run out I am sure I'll be refilling those bottles with home made ingredients.

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  15. Holy cow! THAT is thrifty! I'm def gonna try this. Thanks for the idea! I'm signing on, hope you'll come over, too. Andrea @ townandprairie.blogspot.com

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  16. I tried the fake febeeze stuff and I was soo happy. With four little kids under 6 my house doesn't smell the freshest and our windows are constantly dirty. So I'm going to try the fake windex stuff for sure! Thank you for the tips. :)

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  17. i havent checked out the febreeze recipe yet but ive been making my own window/surface cleaner for years! its so fun to just throw it together. i make larger batches and i also use distilled water to reduce spotting... but i suppose i dont have to! lol ive tried making shower spray but so far i havent found the combo that works for me.
    thanks for sharing!

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  18. Wow! Thanx for this...pinning NOW!!!

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  19. I am looking for a "natural toilet bowl cleaner
    for the stains and ring inside the bowl, but won't have a harsh scent. Anyone got any ideas that wil actually work?

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    1. Get a pumice stick from your local hardware/home improvement store to scrub away the stains and rings. Then mix up in a shaker container (I use an empty clean parmesan cheese container):
      2 parts baking soda
      1 part borax

      Sprinkle into toilets, scrub w/ toilet brush, let sit a few minutes, and flush. Ta da! Natural, safe, cheap, and easy. (Can also be used on a damp sponge to clean tile, sinks, tubs, etc.)

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    2. These r wonderful an cheap ideas.Will definetly try all of them.Thanks!

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    3. I make this for my windows and it also cleans stains out of the carpet- minus the alcohol. It works great.
      I use a few drops of dawn.

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    4. THE BEST tub, sink, toilet cleaner is equal parts vinegar and liquid dish detergent. Just spray, scrub, and rinse. It's amazing. If you have mold or something a little more tough, just let it sit for a bit and you will see it literally crumble off!

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    5. Warning! If you have small children, do not use old food containers to put these cleaners in, unless you properly label them to prevent accidental ingestion and poisoning.

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  20. I will look into that and see what I can come up with! Stay tuned! Thanks for the question!

    Cheers!
    Heather Bea

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  21. Oh, this is great! I'll have to try it!

    Jodi @ Make Three
    http://makethree.blogspot.com

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  22. Clever! Thank you for sharing! I will def do this!
    I'm hosting a link party today. Stop by if you'd like!
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    Chrissy
    www.formamas.blogspot.com

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  23. Even better than Windex: http://www.etsy.com/listing/58530540/sparkle-glass-mirror-stainless-steel-and

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  24. I LOVE your blog! TFS all the great tips! I clean houses for a living, so I would use TONS of Windex if I didn't make my own! I've been making mine for years & the only difference between your recipe & mine, is that I add Vinegar to it & also use distilled water. Works GREAT!! I'm looking for a shower cleaner/ daily shower cleaner... any tips??? Have a great week!

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    1. I have started using an amazing scum buster!
      Heat in the microwave 12ozs. white vinegar and pour into a spray bottle and add 12ozs. Blue Dawn. I've given it to all my friends & relatives......they LOVE IT!

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  25. Thank you so much for the fake windex and febreeze recipes! I've pinned both to my Great Ideas board!

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  26. I have tried this and love it and use it now. I featured this and your febreze in a round-up at So Very Creative.
    http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2011/09/homemade-cleaner-round-up.html

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  27. wow.. I just don't clean my windows. LOL

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  28. do you know if it is ok to use the homemade laundry detergent in this? Thanks for the recipe!

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  29. Hi Marji, I imagine that homemade laundry detergent would be fine so long as it doesn't contain bleach. Bleach + Ammonia = Very Very Bad! Cheers!

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  30. i love the concept of the recipe but i noticed a small glitch in it...

    1/4 Cup (4oz) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

    do i use 1/4 c. which is 2 ounces or do i use 1/2 c. which is 4 ounces? just want to get the best results...

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  31. Does your homemade windex come out blue or clear?

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  32. To Anonymous...It would be 1/4 Cup - thanks for finding that mistake!

    @Laura - It is clear.

    Cheers!

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  33. Thanks for posting this... I just tried it and loved it much better than the old vinegar based recipe I've been using for years. I could never ask my girls to help with the window washing because it took so long for them to buff it dry.

    And just an FYI for anyone else trying it, I didn't know if I should use my homemade laundry detergent so I used dish soap instead and am pleased with the results.

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  34. I just tried this and it works so well!! I'm very picky about my window cleaner and am only satisfied with name-brand Windex, but like you, I choke over the price! What a great money saver! Thanks so much for sharing this!! :)

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  35. My dad said they used to use vinegar+water to wash windows and used newspapers to dry them and it works really well! He actually insisted we dry the windows with newspaper because it works best.

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  36. The absolute best thing for windows is a Norwex window cloth. No chemicals and no streaks! My 72 year old father even used one and had to make a post on Facebook about it (he NEVER posts anything!)

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  37. Looking forward to trying this and the other cleaning recipies you have posted!! We have 3 dogs,4 cats and grandkids.....a girl can go broke buying all these items...even with my beloved coupons!! Thanks for all you do!!

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  38. I just love it when I stumble on to a 'Domestic Diva's' website/blog! You are GREAT!!!

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  39. We just made this today and used it to clean the Kitchen. We love it and will continue to make it. Thank you so much for posting this. I was so glad someone posted this to pinterest. I am going to try the Febreeze next I just need to buy some baking soda.

    Thanks,
    Penni

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  40. I've tried both of these recipes and I am super impressed and excited!! And my husband is excite too!! Thank you so much for sharing!! If you don't mind I'm going to repin this to my blog: www.fourlittlegems.blogspot.com

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  41. I thought this sort of thing was a great idea, until I noticed that I can use PLAIN water to clean my windows, it works JUST AS WELL, Doesn't stink my house up like ammonia products or vinegar, and I get no streaks, and I haven't paid a cent for it. Seriously, try it.

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    1. What are you using to wipe them with? Just paper towels?

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  42. Zira, I agree with you. Just water works well as long as what I'm wiping with is clean. Works for me. :^)

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  43. This is now my favorite blog site! Nothing cheers my day than saving a bunch of money!

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  44. Do you have fake 409? It's my go-to product.

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    1. I've tried a few strong 409- grease cutting type recipes, and the best i've found is mixing equal parts vinegar and liquid dish detergent. the only problem is you have to rinse it when you're done. you might be able to experiment and add water into that mix somehow so you can just wipe away?

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  45. Word of caution to all the home chemists: Don't experiment with mixing ammonia and bleach. The resulting gas KILLS! It's the same thing they used in gas warfare in WWI!

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    1. Yes, that is clearly stated in my posts.

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    2. My husband just about killed us both. I came home and he had poured bleach AND amonia into the toilet to clean it. OMG I took a marker and wrote 'DO NOT USE WITH BLEACH' on the amonia bottle.

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  46. This recipe works great! Thanks

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  47. OMG! My Mom is gonna flip out when I give her this recipe! She has a HUGE House cleaning business & goes through WINDEX like it's goin' out of style! This is AWESOME!

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  48. Great tip! Will be trying ASAP ! Thanks

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  49. I apologize if this is a stupid question... but is white ammonia the same as yellow (lemon scented) ammonia? All I can find at the stores is the yellow (lemon scented) ammonia.

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    1. I would think that Lemon Scented Ammonia would work the same, but it won't smell exactly the same as regular Windex smells. Perhaps you've discovered something new with Lemon Windex!

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  50. Works great on pinball playfield GLASS (do not use on the Playfield itself).

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  51. I'm going to try and make this TODAY!

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  52. Just made this, it's amazing! I didn't have ammonia so I substituted it with vinegar (more eco-friendly too, i think). I added mint essential oil and it's heavenly! I started cleaning everything glass!

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  53. Do you have a recipe for granite cleaner/polish?

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  54. I tried this recipe, but subbed vinegar for the ammonia. It was WAY better than Windex! Thanks for this recipe....it's awesome!

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  55. I used 1/4cup measurement of the alcohol ....which is actually 2 oz. not 4 oz. Please tell me I made the right choice:-)

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  56. sorry!!! i just noticed that someone else corrected it earlier,I just hadn't taken the time to read all the comments. I used it this morning and now it is raining cats and dogs!!!!

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  57. I just tried this. I used it on the glass doors that separate the screened porch from the house. They were very dirty with marks from the kids and the dog, as well as pollen. They are now clean, clear, and shiny! Thanks for the recipe and my future savings!

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  58. I love the fake Fabreeze and the fake Clorox spray..both work as good or better than the real thing....here is a little hint for you all..dont ever throw away used dryer sheet...if you use them...keep them under your sink and whenever you have an gooey pan ...fill with hot water and add a few old dryer sheets and let set for about 20 minutes and 9 times out of 10 the gunk will just wipe out.....and if you have a serving spoon with cheese stuck to it..wet one and it will wipe clean away.....I do put the things in the dish washer after the wipe out......thanks for all the sharing...

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  59. I only have Sudsy ammonia.... a bit afraid to try his recipe as I'm not sure what's in sudsy that makes it not just plain ammonia. Has anyone tried it with sudsy ammonia?

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  60. I use purple rags found on flylady.com. You get 3 15"x15" rags (& a bag to wash them in) for $10.49 plus shipping. I use them everyday, and I don't need windex, they work fine with just water. I used them to clean my glass table on my screened in porch, which was covered with dust & pollen and glued in place with rain. It looked awful! My rag got it clean with no cleanser at all. Sorry for the promotional ad, but if you're looking for something safe to use around kids, pets, or someone sensitive to strong odors, give it a try!

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  61. On the directions you have 1/4 cup as 4 ounces. Is it suppose to be 1/4 or 1/2 cup?
    Thanks can't wait to try this.

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  62. I made this today and used it on all the windows on the main floor of my house. Let me tell you, I was a little skeptical at first, but the outcome was fantastic. I use an old dish towel to wipe down the windows since paper towels leave a lot of lint. The windows are so clean it almost looks like they aren't there. I also put four drops of blue food coloring to give it that true Windex look. Absolutely worth the 27 cent investment!

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  63. Back in the days when I cleaned Office Buildings, the best thing I used was plain ol' water with a drop of dish detergent.

    Works perfect with NO Streaks. I still use it to this day, 15 years later.

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  64. Thanks for a great blog and DIY recipes! LOVE!

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  65. Nice blog to reading thanks for sharing such useful information this is very helpful for student who study Assignment Online and keep continue to sharing useful information.

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  66. Nice blog to reading thanks for sharing such useful information this is very helpful for student who study Assignment Online and keep continue to sharing useful information.

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  67. Can not wait to try the fake Windex!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  68. Newspaper and plain water has worked the best for years and years. Only thing is if you don't like black hands from the newspaper print, just wear gloves. No streaks and all natural!

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  69. I make my own windshield wiper washing liquid; get an empty gallon jug, fill mostly with water and top it off with non-sudsy ammonia. Pour into your windshield washer container. You have made this potion really cheap, I mean cheap. Been doing this for years. I decided to stop doing this when I got tired of paying almost $4.00 a gallon from Walmart, etc. try it out.

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  74. I've been very satisfied with this solution for all purpose cleaning. Grateful to have found this useful and trustworthy information. Thank you. As I have now made "fauxdex" solution several times I have begun to experiment. The solution at present includes (added to one gallon heavy-duty plastic container) : 16 oz Isopropyl alcohol, 4 oz ammonia, 2-4 oz vinegar, 2-4 oz hydrogen peroxide, 1 tsp concentrated liquid soap, reverse ozmosis water to top off. Done no systematic research but I take as fact this is less toxic,best germ killer, all purpose cleaner and works better than anything one can buy.
    What do you think about solution constituents? Also, in your article I am curious if the amount of Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol suggested is 1/4 Cup (2oz) or 4oz (1/2 cup)?
    You are awesome and kind regards.

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  75. Your blog provides a new and useful information to us.I also use these types of products only.

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  76. Is it 1/4 cup (2 oz.) or 1/2 cup (4 oz.) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol?

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  77. Wow!! Love this idea!! Really its informative.

    window cleaning toowoomba

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  78. Cleaning is just the method by that soils and stains are removed from various things that's are used in home, office and other by the use of solvents instead of water..
    Carpet cleaning

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  79. This Cleaner is nice and awesome doing your glass very clean. Thank you so much for sharing this informative post.. Stay blessed!!
    Hemst├Ądning

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    1. This is home made cleaner thats why admin suggest the name fake.

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  82. Try adding just a teaspoon of corn starch to your fake Windex formula.
    I don't know what it does, but it makes windows sparkle.

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  83. works perfectly - thanks for the info. A big appeal for me is that this also cuts down on our consumption of single use plastic bottles. I am trying to reduce and it's taking me deep into the diy roads!

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  84. A safety note: The alcohol:water ratio is important. In theory, too much alcohol could result in a flammable mixture. It would take A LOT of alcohol, but it is possible if you don't follow the directions carefully. The MSDS for Windex shows a VOC concentration of 0.5%. Since this "recipe" does not mention how large the bottle is, I cannot determine what the author's intended alcohol concentration is.

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