Anyone who has ever spent a day scrubbing, buffing, scraping and disinfecting their home’s interior can testify to the importance of having cleaning products that are strong enough to get the job done. After all, you don’t want to leave streaks or splotches on your beautiful set of new Marvin replacement windows in New Jersey.

While it’s certainly helpful to have spray cleaners that can power through the toughest stains, you should make sure that your chosen product isn’t harming the environment in your home as well. You can reduce your carbon footprint while preserving the air quality in your house by whipping up homemade cleaners using items likely found in your kitchen and closets.

Here are some DIY green cleaners to help tackle your fiberglass replacement windows and other areas in need.

White vinegar solution
You might be surprised to learn about the punch a solution created using white vinegar can pack. According to House Logic, this simple recipe excels where commercial products often fail, cutting through the greasy, waxy film that can be left behind after cleaning glass windows. Furthermore, white vinegar can prevent water spots and fogging.

In order to create this green cleaner, the source recommends mixing a quarter cup of white vinegar with two cups of water and a quarter to half teaspoon of dish detergent (make sure this is safe for the environment as well). Once the solution is complete, pour it in a spray bottle and get cleaning!

Multipurpose disinfectant
Beyond eliminating dirt and grime, you also want to make sure your home is free of germs and bacteria that could spread to family members and guests. The Huffington Post reports that you can blend your own antibacterial spray that can be used to clean a wide variety of objects – from windows to countertops – using lavender or tea tree oil.

While these secret ingredients are not guaranteed to eliminate every germ under the sun, they are known for their strength as natural disinfectants. To create your own spray version, mix a few drops of castile soap into two cups of hot water. Add about 30 drops of lavender or tea tree oil to the solution, and you’ve got a mean green multipurpose germ killer.

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