Well, I thought, while I'm waiting for my dishwater to cool (I made it too hot, AGAIN), that I would post the recipe for my FAVORITE homemade cleaner. While the recipe was given as one for windows, I use it on everything. Counters, my tile table, the bathroom sink, and yes, it's AWESOME on windows. I actually used it for the first time on the front door window yesterday, and I was so impressed that I went and cleaned my living room window too. I dried it completely, which was really easy to do, and it didn't leave any streaks or spots. ***WARNING: This cleaner is very vinegar-y. If you can't stand the smell of vinegar, I would suggest either modifying the amounts of vinegar and water, or not making it at all. You might also be able to adjust the amount of essential oil you put in, which might help the smell some, but it's still gonna' smell like vinegar. I've gotten used to the smell, so it doesn't bother me at all anymore, but Jay and the kids still comment on it. END OF WARNING*** Okay, so here it is:
1 1/2 C white vinegar
1/2 C water
8 drops lemon essential oil (you can use more, or maybe a different scent that you like better)
squirt of liquid dish soap
I mix this up right in a 32 oz spray bottle I got from the Dollar Store. Just put everything in and kind of swish it around. I also wrote the "recipe" right on the side of the bottle with a Sharpie so I know right away what to put in to make more.
So, there it is. My favorite cleaner. Cheap to make (well, except for the initial price of the E.O., but that stuff lasts a long time), and better for your family. No harsh chemicals, or chemical fumes. Enjoy.