In an age where we are constantly bombarded with warnings regarding the risks of germs and other nasties threatening our families’ health, it is natural that we should be concerned about the cleanliness of our homes. As a result, we often drench our domestic surfaces with harsh chemicals in an attempt to banish bacteria, but we often overlook the potential risks which the chemicals themselves pose.

According to a study by the University of Bergen, Norway, reported in the Telegraph newspaper, there was a higher incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including conditions such as emphysema and bronchitis, amongst study participants who used chemical-laden modern cleaning products.

One example of such a product is popular window cleaning solution Windex, produced by SC Johnson and rated an abysmal D by the The Environmental Working Group (EWG) in regard to safety for human health and the environment. Windex contains such vicious ingredients as Ammonium hydroxide, which is a toxic irritant, and Ethanolamine, which can cause serious eye injuries, and which is reported to have caused liver and kidney damage in animals exposed to the chemical.

Fortunately, there are other, natural, options to ensure that we keep our windows to the world mould and dust free and maintain the sparkle in our lives. Firmfix, a double glazing company in Cheltenham ( suggest their clients try a lovely homemade lemon scented solution, which at under £1 per bottle is a more health and environment conscious alternative which won’t break the bank.

Homemade window cleaner. What you will need:

Reusable spray bottle
White vinegar (1/4)
Eco friendly washing up liquid (1 tsp)
Lemon essential oil (1 drop)
Warm water (3/4)

Don’t worry about your home smelling of vinegar, as once dry, the smell will completely vanish. Vinegar is a great cleaning agent, and when combined with washing up liquid removes all waxy residue and provides a fantastic finish. Simply mix the ingredients together in the bottle, spritz sparingly onto the window glass and surrounding frame, and use a soft microfibre cloth to buff off into a beautiful shine.

This cleaner is actually so eco-friendly, non-toxic and effective that it can also be used as an all-purpose cleaner. Try it on your windows and see for yourself how good it really is!

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