Eco-Friendly way to remove paint from glass

There are multiple cleaners on the market that can be used to remove errant paint from glass, but many of them contain harsh chemicals that you may not want to expose your family and pets to. However, distilled white vinegar and little elbow grease will do the trick, cutting through paint splatters like a hot knife through butter.

Things You Will Need:

  • Bowl or basin
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup boiling distilled water
  • Wooden spoon
  • Lint-free cloth, extra for drying
  • Saucepan or microwave-safe container
  • Cotton swabs

Step 1:
Fill a clean bowl or basin with 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar and 1/2 cup of boiling distilled water. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon.

Step 2:
Allow the water to cool four to five minutes, or until it’s just cool enough to touch.

Step 3:
Dip a clean, lint-free cloth in the mixture and gently wipe the glass in a circular motion, using light pressure to avoid damage. Repeat the process once more over larger areas if the paint isn’t fully removed.

Step 4:
Transfer the water and vinegar mixture to a clean saucepan or microwave-safe container and heat until just boiling again before putting it back in the bowl or basin.

Step 5:
Dip a clean cotton swab in the distilled vinegar and water mixture, and gently swab any areas that are hard to access with a cloth. This is an especially handy trick for splattered paint near a window frame. Repeat the process with additional swabs as necessary.

Step 6:
Gently dry the glass with a second lint-free cloth. Examine the shade to make sure all of the paint is removed, repeating the removal process as necessary if there are still visible specks of paint.

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