Battle of the Bottles: Glass Cleaners
Fueled by the vast array of cleaning solutions on the market today, our curiosity got the best of us; we decided that we are going to start comparing different products claiming to serve the same purpose. This installment – glass cleaners.
Round 1: Glass Clarity
The four glass cleaners we decided to feature in today’s post are Windex, Sprayway, Hope’s Perfect Glass and Method Glass + Surface. Much to our surprise, these four solutions performed nearly exactly alike on a glass top coffee table (as you can see in the photo below). However, in person, Sprayway appears to have crept into the winner’s circle in terms of glass clarity. The other three cleaners left behind faint streaks, while Sprayway left the glass looking similar to what Windex’s commercials claim Windex makes glass looks like (you know, the commercials in which the birds try to fly into the house because they do not realize there is a window there since the window glass is so pristine).
With all of this being said, we’d like you to remember that the glass clarity that Sprayway offers is not going to push Windex, Hope’s and Method out of business anytime soon. The difference is extremely slight, so to aid in determining the overall winner of this battle, we have considered two other factors:
Round 2: Prices
Windex – purchased at Target for $2.99 for a 26 fl oz bottle
Method Glass + Surface – purchased at Target for $3.29 for a 28 fl oz bottle
Sprayway – purchased at Target for $2.39 for a 19 oz can (this is an aerosol cleaner)
Hope’s Perfect Glass – purchased at Home Depot for $4.18 for a 32 fl oz (1 quart) bottle
Round 3: Ingredients
Windex is composed of water; 2-Hexoxyethanol; Isopropanolamine (which can cause damage to your respiratory tract); Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate (as seen on the EPA’s hazardous chemicals list); Lauramine Oxide; Ammonium Hydroxide (which is generous enough to have the possibility of irritating your throat, nose or lungs); fragrance and Liquitint sky blue dye. Call us crazy, but we are not aiming to check off “inhaling hazardous chemicals” on our bucket lists!
Sprayway is born from a mixture of Ethanol/SD Alcohol 40, Propane and Butane (which are both components of jet fuel), Diethyl phthalate (also featured on the EPA’s hazardous chemicals list), 2-Butoxyethanol . Again, we are not eager to take a deep breath and bask in these ingredients!
Hope’s Perfect Glass is created by combining purified water, alcohol, Proprietary Surfactant Blend (it is not specified whether or not these are safe or toxic surfactants), Propylene Glycol Ether (which is for the most part is not harmful to human beings), preservatives and fragrance. With only two slightly questionable ingredients, this is surpassing the harmfulness of Windex and Sprayway.
Residing in a bottle of Method Glass + Surface are water, Ethanol (derived from the fermentation of sugar from crops/plants), Sodium Carbonate, Decyl Glucoside (a product of coconuts), Caprylyl Glucoside (derived from vegetables), Potassium Hydroxide (prolonged contact with this ingredient can cause skin or eye irritation, possible respiratory irritation and/or tissue harm), fragrance, polymeric pink and polymeric blue.
Let’s face it – all four of these solutions contain agents that we aren’t itching to bathe in. However, Hope’s Perfect Glass (containing two questionable ingredients) and Method Glass + Surface (containing one potentially harmful ingredient) definitely appear to be safer to human beings than Windex and Sprayway. Therefore, Windex and Sprayway have been eliminated from the battle.
Let’s take the chemical aspect into consideration along with the pricing we outlined earlier. For Method Glass + Surface, there are 0.12 fl oz per dollar. With Hope’s , there are 0.13 fl oz per dollar. We don’t know about you, but we would rather pay to have 0.1 fluid ounce less per dollar and only one harmful chemical than to pay such a miniscule 0.1 fluid ounce more to inhale twice the amount of harmful chemicals.
Therefore, the winner is: Method Glass + Surface! DING, DING, DING!
Thank you for reading! We hope you enjoyed this installment of Battle of the Bottles. Stay tuned for our next post.