Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic Solutions To Clean Your Glass Panes And Vinyl Frames

Posted on: 10 August 2016

Maintaining your home can be challenging, since there are so many chores needed to keep your investment clean and in good condition. From shampooing the carpet and repairing leaky faucets to mowing the lawn and cleaning your gutters, it is easy to see how you may become overwhelmed. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough time and energy into maintaining your vinyl windows. Energy-efficient, single-pane windows can save you up to $465 per year, so you should focus your efforts on cleaning and maintaining this valuable investment. Of course, you may not know how to get started. If you live in a home with these appealing and efficient vinyl frame windows, use this guide to ensure they remain clean and in good condition for many years to come.

Ammonia-Free Glass Cleaner

Visit your local grocery or discount store and you will find a large selection of glass cleaners. These spray solutions may seem very effective at removing light dirt, dust, and grease from your windows and other glass surfaces. Unfortunately, these cleaners will also contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to your health and the environment.

Ammonia is a common ingredient found in most glass cleaners. Exposure to a small amount of ammonia will not cause any health problems. However, cleaning the interior and exterior of each window in your home with these traditional glass cleaners will result in a larger and more dangerous exposure to ammonia.

Creating a non-toxic glass cleaner is possible by adding the following ingredients to a large spray bottle:

  • 4 cups of distilled water – Using distilled water is best, since it will not leave a residue on your glass.
  • 4 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 20 drops of essential oils – Lemon or peppermint essential oils are great options for masking the vinegar smell. 

Once you have the ingredients in your spray bottle, shake to mix. Then, spray a generous amount of your natural glass cleaner onto the glass windowpanes. Run a squeegee tool across the glass, wiping away excess solution and dirty residue onto a paper towel.  Once you have washed the exterior windows, head indoors to use the same steps on the interior window panes.

Chlorine-Free, Non-Bleach Frame Cleanser

Dirt, mud, dust, bird droppings, and dead insects can quickly build up on your vinyl window frames. Over time, this buildup can be difficult to remove. Vinyl window frames are resistant to moisture, so you do not need to worry about possible decay, but the heavy residue can discolor and stain the vinyl material.

To improve the look of your home while preventing stains on your vinyl frames, periodic cleaning will be necessary. Bleach is an effective option for removing stubborn residue and potential stains, but this cleaner can be hazardous to your health and the environment.

Exposure to chlorinated bleach irritates your skin and eyes. In addition, chlorinated bleach can affect your respiratory system, decreasing your ability to breathe properly. Thankfully, removing the heavy debris is possible using safer, non-toxic cleansers.

In a spray bottle, combine the following:

  • 12 cups of water
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide

Shake to mix and spray a generous amount on a cloth or sponge. Use to remove residue from your vinyl frames. Wipe away the excess cleaning solutions using a wet cloth.

If the non-chlorine, non-bleach cleaner does not remove the buildup from your frames, create a scouring powder. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1/8 cup of borax, and ¼ cup of grated lemon peel. Apply the ingredients to your vinyl frames using a wet sponge. After scouring, wipe away the excess using a wet cloth.

Maintaining the look and value of your vinyl windows will require periodic cleaning. Use this guide to clean your windowpanes and frames using non-toxic, eco-friendly solutions. 

If you're looking to replace your current windows with vinyl windows, contact a company like Miller Roofing & Guttering Inc. for more information.