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Everyday cheap: glass cleaner, mirror with his own hands Lifestyle


I love simple home cleaners with my own hands not only because they are much cheaper than their commercial brethren, but also because they work better. I’m sure I’ve tried hundreds of recipes and formulas over the years. Let’s just say that some work well; others, not very.

I recently researched and tried the wonders of cornstarch to do more than thicken gravy and pudding. It turns out that cornstarch is very useful in the house, not just in the kitchen.

In fact, cornstarch is a key ingredient in the homemade blend I’ve come across that cleans glass and mirrors better than any glass cleaner I’ve ever used. It’s so amazing that it’s almost magical.

This homemade cleansing solution that I’m sharing with you today has even gotten its unique name by making its way through internet sites and Facebook groups, which adds an entertaining factor. One thing is for sure: I will never go back to any other glass cleaner – commercial or homemade. It’s so good.

Meet Alvin Corn, a homemade multi-purpose glass and mirror cleaner named for its simple ingredients: alcohol, vinegar and cornstarch.

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Vinegar helps cut through dirt and grime on mirrors and glass. Cornstarch acts as a very mild cleanser that dissolves these tricky dried pieces on bathroom mirrors without leaving any traces. And alcohol helps the whole mixture to evaporate quickly, acquiring a brilliant shine without stains.


1/4 cup alcohol (isopropyl).

1/4 cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 cups warm water

Standard spray bottle

Pour the ingredients directly into the spray bottle. Apply spray on top or lid and all.

Before spraying Alvin Corn on a mirror or glass, shake it well because the cornstarch will settle to the bottom and you will want to redistribute it. Then spray moderately. Wipe with a microfiber cloth or other rag of your choice – even a coffee filter or newspaper. Polish well to remove all moisture. Can you hear the sand?

The above recipe turns out about 20 ounces of Alvin corn – the perfect amount to fill a standard spray bottle. Store it like any commercial cleaner: directly in the spray bottle. Just make sure you shake it well just before and between uses. While cornstarch seems to dissolve in water, in reality it is not. This is such a fine powder that when shaken it will be well distributed and not kill the spray. But when this purifier sits, the cornstarch will separate and fall to the bottom. Just don’t forget to shake, shake, shake!

Use Alvin Corn for glass, mirrors, stainless steel, porcelain and temple. Use it to wipe countertops of quartz and corian. The brilliance of desktop appliances. Caution: Do not use on granite or marble, as the vinegar in Alvin Corn can eventually damage the sealant on these natural stone products, making them dull and sticky.


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