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Homemade Window Cleaner: Just Like Windex

Mar 27 2015
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How to Make Window Cleaner like Windex

Lately we’ve been making and testing homemade products to help save our readers money.   I have seen a Homemade Window Cleaner and after looking around found 2 different recipes (formulas) to try.  I wanted to let you know how to make them and what I thought about them. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get printable lists.

window cleaner recipe

The first one is very simple.  It only has a few ingredients and everything I already had in my home.  Just put all the ingredients in an empty spray bottle and shake.  I used a funnel to make it easier.  When done it filled about 1/2 my bottle and matched the color of the dishsoap which happened to be blue.

I used this on windows inside and outside my home.

It worked EXACTLY like Windex.

Not a cheap store brand, but seriously EXACTLY like the name brand product Windex.  There were absolutely NO streaks and it cleaned perfectly.  I also used it on some pretty dirty mirrors and got the same result.  It has a light sudsing when you spray, but does not hinder the way you use it.  It also has a light vinegar scent which was not bothersome at all.

diy window cleaner

The second mix I made was also simple, but took a few more ingredients.  Again I had all the ingredients in my home. I added the cornstarch after the warm water, but that was a mistake because cornstarch will make clumps.  Since I did it this way I had to shake it harder to get rid of the clumps.  I would recommend mixing the cornstarch with the cool vinegar ahead of time and then adding it to the warm water.  You probably won’t have the same issue I had.  This made about 3/4 bottle and is a white color.

window cleaner side by side

I used this on windows inside and outside my home.

It also worked EXACTLY like Windex.

Again, just like the name brand Windex.  There were a couple of differences.  When I cleaned the windows outside it worked better on built up grime.  I think it’s because the cornstarch gives it a scrubbing effect (texture.)  The other thing I noticed was the smell.  It smells like Vinegar and Alcohol more than my sinus’ appreciated.  When using it inside I had to back off a little after I sprayed because the smell was bothersome.  Outside it made no difference.  You do have to shake this up after it’s been sitting for a while because the cornstarch begins to sit at the bottom.  It’s easy to shake it back up.

No matter what I will use both bottles of DIY Window Cleaner I made.

My thoughts:

The first recipe is better for indoor cleaning and the second recipe is better for outdoor grimy buildup cleaning.  Both are simple to make and take ingredients I had in my home.  After making this I doubt I will ever buy the store bought Window Cleaner again – unless it’s a very cuckoo deal.  This is absolutely cheaper and works the same.  Share your experiences with these recipes if you try them out.

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35 Sweet Cupcake Recipes

Feb 10 2015
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35 Cupcake Recipes – I know how many of you loved the caramel apple cupcakes I posted previously, so here’s a roundup of other bloggers who have some seriously yummy looking cupcake recipes.  Especially with Fall Cupcake Walks coming up, I know I am always looking for cute ideas:

  1. Minion Cupcakes – looks like Despicable Me! / My Litter   *this is pictured in the bottom-left hand corner of the collage above!
  2. Chocolate Cinnamon Cheesecake Cupcakes / A Night Owl Blog  *this is pictured as the top picture in the collage above!
  3. Peanut Butter Cupcakes / A Mitten Full of Savings
  4. Shortcut Oreo Cookie Cupcakes / My Litter  *this is pictured in the bottom-right hand corner of the collage above!
  5. Lemon Cupcakes / Miss Information  *this is pictured below the rainbow cupcake in the collage above!
  6. Caramel Toffee Cupcakes / Slap Dash Mom
  7. Coffee Cupcakes / Wanna Bite
  8. Pumpkin Cupcakes / A Few Short Cuts
  9. On Top of Ole Cupcake / Slap Dash Mom *this is pictured in the middle of the collage above, with the adorable little baby cupcake on top!
  10. Reese Peanut Butter Cupcakes / Wanna Bite
  11. Almond Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes / Your Cup of Cake
  12. Easter Basket Cupcakes / Slap Dash Mom  *this one is beyond cuteness!
  13. Oz Inspired Cupcakes / Slap Dash Mom *this is the one with the rainbow in the collage above!
  14. S’mores Cupcakes / Momtastic
  15. Salted Caramel Cupcakes / Simplified Saving
  16. Pina Colada Cupcakes / Kara’s Party Ideas
  17. Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes / Slap Dash Mom
  18. Butterfinger Cupcakes / The Stir
  19. Tiramisu Cupcakes / Food Love
  20. Strawberry Vanilla Cupcakes / Slap Dash Mom
  21. Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes / Kraft
  22. Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes / Squidoo
  23. Key Lime Cupcakes / My Litter
  24. Caramel Frappuccino Cupcakes / Smells like Home
  25. Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes / Glorious Treats
  26. Cinder Toffee Cupcakes / Handbag
  27. Sticky Toffee Vanilla Cupcakes / Aninas Recipes
  28. Coffee Toffee Recipes / Fab Food
  29. Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cupcakes / Haniela’s
  30. Mocha Fudge Cupcakes / Inside BruCrew Life
  31. Nutella Glazed Chocolate Beet Cupcakes / Wonky Wonderful
  32. Chocolate Fudge Marshmallow Cupcakes / Lick the Spoon
  33. Streusel Pound Cupcakes / Remodelaholic
  34. The Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever / Storybook Reality
  35. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting / Gimme Some Oven
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Top Ten Deals This Week At Walgreens, Walmart + More!

Feb 7 2015
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Top Ten Deals This Week At Redbox, Kmart + Much More!

Jan 31 2015
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Homemade Cleaner Recipes Roundup

Jan 30 2015
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Homemade Cleaner Recipes

Update:  Bumping this up to the Home Page to remind everyone how to Save Money Making your Own cleaning supplies!

We’ve tested tons of homemade cleaner recipes out over the last few months, here’s a roundup of our favorites that passed our tests. Please feel free to follow me on Pinterest for when I add new ones.  I’ll be sure to update this page with new pass-our-tests handmade items as me & Jen make them. To pin this page, use the image above or you can select any of the individual recipes below.

Homemade Laundry Care:

homemade laundry detergent
How to Make Laundry Detergent – super cheap and works like Tide!

 


Homemade Clothing Stain Remover – we got out arm pit stains & oil spots with this easy recipe!

 


Homemade Fabric Softener- I use any conditioner, just whatever one you get on a cuckoo coupon deal & smells great!

 


Homemade Wool Dryer Balls (reduces drying machine time 50%)

Homemade Dish Care:

homemade dishwasher detergent tabs
Homemade Dishwasher Tabs – work like Finish Tabs!

 


Handmade Dish Soap – made with ivory soap, works great!

Homemade Body Care:


Handmade Hand Soap & Body Wash-  super easy; great for people with skin allergies & exzema

Homemade Household Care:


Homemade Window Cleaner -
works exactly like Windex! We tried 2 different recipes for this post, and posted details on how they both worked.

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner - non-toxic!


Homemade Lemon Rosemary Furniture Polish - all natural ingredients

 Super fun homemade project:


How to Make Chalkboard Paint - cheaper than buying it, and can do any color!

Follow Cuckoo for Coupons on Pinterest for frugal tips, ideas and amazing recipes!

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Snowflake Rice Krispy Treat

Dec 19 2013
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The recipe is a festive modification that would be great as an after school snack or a treat after dinner!

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Snowflake Rice Krispy Treat

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Snowflake Donuts

Dec 9 2013
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This recipe takes a cute, winter twist on a breakfast favorite! The type of Wilton Nonstick Donut Pan used in the pictures is available on Amazon!

Donut Pan

Here are the ingredients you will need:

 

A picture of what the donuts look like before they are cooked:

 

 

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Snowflake Donuts

 

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Peppermint Marshmallow Pops

Dec 1 2013
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Peppermint Marshmallow Pops

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I’ve had a lot of cake pops before that honestly weren’t that great.  But they were so darn cute! So when I saw these marshmallow pops I knew I’d found the perfect mix of taste + cuteness.  These would be perfect for pretty much any Christmas party, from casual to formal. If you have children who might not like peppermint, you can substitute the jolly rancher flavored candy canes to create the same effect.

Wilton Candy Melts are my favorite, but if you don’t have them you can substitute other brands.

I’m also a huge fan of white chocolate, so I dip my marshmallows generously in the chocolate.


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Peppermint Marshmallow Pops

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