3 Eco-friendly Alternatives to Windex - The Cleanables
3 Eco-friendly Alternatives to Windex

Writer : Manal Zafar 

3 Eco-friendly alternatives to Windex

The phrase that is best admired by us is, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Following the floor cleaning, the armature cleaning of windows, furniture, and so on begins .Some of us are very thoughtful about which cleaner to use for surfaces. All of us don’t prefer to have a toxic and strong cleaner. Instead, look for a handy, less toxic, and inexpensive surface cleaner. Opt for natural surface cleaners. Everyone is extremely critical of the cleaner chosen. As a result, they seek environmentally friendly alternatives .Natural surface cleaners with fewer chemicals are preferred because all of us mostly have contact with the surfaces. 

Why an Eco-friendly surface cleaner?

Contaminated surfaces can be cleaned with a strong cleaner, but the chemicals in them stay intact with the surfaces. Usually, kids play around and have their hands in all sorts of places. So, to avoid health hazards for kids, we must opt for a bio-degradable and less toxic surface cleaner. You all must be cognizant of the phrase “eco-friendly”. Eco-friendly or environment-friendly products are those that have no side effects on the environment. 

The market is filled with innumerable cleaners. Windex is one of the most widely used cleaners. But unlike Windex, some features like containing chemicals make it restricted for use. People who are conscious of their health don’t give it priority. According to the A, the pandemic outbreak had an impact on cleaning. In the pre-pandemic period, 69.3% of surface cleaners were used, but after the pandemic, the cleaning frequency had an abrupt change (74.2%) related to the number of cleaners used.

To clean windows and surfaces, there are different cleaning solutions instead than Windex. As Windex contains chemicals like ammonium hydroxide and sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, if we want to replace Windex, it should be kept in mind that another cleaner is not 100% chemical-free. The cleaning solutions enlisted are natural cleaners and homemade cleaners.

1. Vinegar and water

As vinegar is acidic, it wipes out greasy and dirty surfaces. In addition, it is a less expensive and natural ingredient, but indirectly it affects the stone. Usually, Windex contains ammonia, but the vinegar solution is ammonia-free. which is the cause of eye irritation and respiratory issues.

The characteristic features of vinegar solution as a cleaner are:

  • It doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances.
  • The vinegar solution is non-toxic in comparison to Windex.
  • Small quantities of vinegar solution can wipe out all the dirt and unwanted greasy texture.

2. A solution of essential oil and alcohol

This is another natural replacement for Windex. This custom cleaner also contains fragrances if you want to avoid vinegar, which does not contain any fragrance. It is the best household cleaner.

The characteristic features of vinegar solution as a cleaner are:

  • Unlike Windex, it is environmentally friendly.
  • This cleaning solution also contains lemon essential oils that kill germs.
  • It is a little hazardous if ingested. You must avoid pets and contact with those surfaces that are cleaned by this solution.

3. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Glass Cleaner

This cleaner is plant-based and is usually non-irritating and hypoallergic. The Seventh Generation Free & Clear Glass Cleaner is highly considered eco-friendly, but it is not very economical.

  • This cleaning solution is biodegradable and compatible with the environment.
  • It is a bio-based formula that contains natural ingredients.
  • It is safer with any type of material, whether it is steel, wood, or laminate.

So, we come up with the fact that all cleaners usually contain a different chemical that is hazardous in one way or another way. Bio-friendly cleaners are costly when considering the price per ounce. But it is best to save the environment from chemicals, so to this end, adopt the use of eco-friendly cleaners.