Do you have a passion for making things entirely by hand or appreciate it in other people? In my teens and twenties, I got a thrill out of being my own mechanic on my old '75 Mustang. Yep, I've changed a few water pumps and brake pads. I have sewn every stitch of handmade rag dolls with a needle and thread (no machine stitching), and I prefer to cook from scratch. Isn't it much more rewarding to gather family and friends to put in fence posts, and raise barns? So naturally for me, prepping the fleece, learning to spin, and then making things from the alpacas' luscious fiber is my idea of happiness! -Kaylen

Friday, March 11, 2011

Homemade Glass Cleaner

With the flurry of spring cleaning looming, I thought I'd share my favorite homemade glass cleaner. I watched my mom use vinegar and newspaper growing up, so it was easy for me to grasp  the concept that I didn't need anything blue or fancy and I likely had the ingredients already on hand to make something suitable.  

Here is the recipe I think works best.

1 cup of water
1 cup of isopropyl alcohol 
1 tablespoon of white vinegar

That's it.  

Just put it in a spray bottle.

I haven't tried to make laundry detergent yet but the blog  Home Sweet Farm has a recipe for it, so I might be giving it a go soon.  

Another resource for homemade substitutions is  They have a great list of green solutions and ideas.

If you have one you like, please share!


TheForestFaery said...

My mom actually makes simple, eco-friendly cleaners and sells them in her Etsy shop ( and her ArtFire studio ( She sells the products, and she also sells a green products recipe pack, if you wanted simple recipes. :) (Look at me, giving Mom free advertisement! ;)

Kaylen said...

That is wonderful! I love it! Thanks for the links. :)

TheForestFaery said...

You're welcome! :D

Andy and Deb said...

WOW I remember my grandma using vinegar and newspaper :)

Kaylen said...

It really works, Deb!