Monday, December 30, 2019

Non-Toxic Window Cleaning with Lavender Hydrosol

At the lavender farm our gravel driveway kicks up a lot of dust.  Add a little (or a lot of) rainfall and our windows get dirty very quickly.  During the gray of winter we don't notice the grime as readily, but as soon as the low winter sun comes out it's almost impossible to see out for all the dirt!  Our favorite window cleaning agent is (surprise!) lavender!  Specifically, Organic Lavender Hydrosol.  

Organic Lavender Hydrosol is produced during the steam distillation of lavender essential oil.  It contains all the same properties and attributes of lavender essential oil, but in a less concentrated form which makes it highly versatile.  Lavender's natural solvent and non-streaking properties make it the ideal, non-toxic, non-chemical window and glass cleaner.

Non-Toxic Window Cleaning with Lavender Hydrosol

What you'll need to clean your windows with lavender!

  • Organic Lavender Hydrosol - the 16 fl oz spray bottle works best for this application.  We do offer larger, re-fill sizes for filling your own spray bottle if you already have one. 
  • Clean microfiber cloths or rags
  • A squeegee
  • A brush or gentle scrubber for stubborn grime
  • A razor for extra-stubborn gunk
  • Organic Lavender Essential Oil to remove residue that won't come away with a razor

Non-Toxic Window Cleaning with Lavender Hydrosol    Non-Toxic Window Cleaning with Lavender Hydrosol

Organic Lavender Hydrosol's solvent power works best when it's allowed to sit.  Thoroughly wet the glass and scrub with rag or gentle scrubber.  If the glass is starting to dry, wet it with a bit more Lavender Hydrosol and let it sit for a couple minutes.

Non-Toxic Window Cleaning with Lavender Hydrosol

This is a great time to work on any stubborn spots with a razor or, if you need a big punch of solvent power, Lavender Essential Oil.

With squeegee in hand, firmly wipe the Lavender Hydrosol dissolved dirt and grime from the glass starting from top to bottom.  Between each wipe, run a clean rag along the rubber edge of the squeegee to clean it prior to touching the glass again.

Non-Toxic Window Cleaning with Lavender Hydrosol 

As a last step clean the window trim of any dirty drips and buff up any still-damp areas with a clean cloth.

Tip: Avoid cleaning windows in direct sunlight.  The heat will dry the Lavender Hydrosol too quickly and the direct light will show every single, tiny speck.  It's much easier to clean windows on an overcast day or when the sun is shining elsewhere for the time being.
Non-Toxic Window Cleaning with Lavender Hydrosol

And, that's it.  Easy peasy and no harsh chemicals or foul smells involved!  Enjoy your streak-free, sparkling windows!

Do you have any other surfaces that need attention?  Organic Lavender Hydrosol works beautifully on mirrors, eye glasses, windshields and is safe to use directly on screens of all kind - TV, computers, laptops, phones, tablets, watches, etc.

Lavender Hydrosol has many other uses as well - from all-natural cloth diapering and safe baby skin care to cleaning fine jewelry.  Lavender is an every-day-amazing plant!

Non-Toxic Window Cleaning with Lavender Hydrosol

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