Homemade Window Cleaner

Making your own homemade window cleaner is very simple and in my option it works just as well as any commercial cleaner you can buy. Just save a spray bottle or buy a new one at the dollar store and then follow the recipe below. The cleaner works really well on windows, mirrors and fixtures.

Homemade Window Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 TBS vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp liquid dish soap

Mix everything together and then pour it into a clean spray bottle. Use it just like you would any window cleaner.  Spray it on the surface and then rub it off. Rags made from old tshirts work really well for this as does newspaper.

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  1. It really does work, I prefer using 4TBS of vinegar. I recommend this to anyone who’d rather making a window cleaning solution at home rather then going out to buy it.

  2. I often wondered how the pioneers may have clean their windows, and I thought Soap! I tried ordinary soap, such a Ivory, Irish Spring etc., I just take the bar of soap, it doesn’t matter if the soap is dry or wet, and draw circle of soap on the glass. I am careful not to go over board just for the fact it has to be removed. I wet my hands and soap up the windows. After I have soaped them up I use an old wet tee-shirt rising frequently and remove the soap. Once the soap has been removed, I use a dry lint free cloth or tee-shirt to dry and buff clean!!

  3. For many years I managed apartments, which often required cleaning same. I always used 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water and a healthy squirt of Dawn to clean the windows. Adding that little bit of Dawn keeps the windows from drying out before you can finish. This mixture was made in quantity in an empty gallon milk jug then put in a spray bottle, and I used newspapers instead of paper towels or rags. NEVER any lint, and the windows were absolutely streak free. Simply the best! Yes, the newsprint will come off on your hands, but it comes off easily, or wear gloves. And for removing paint specks (and there were many), tape residue, etc., keep single edge razor blades handy. (Also good for stubborn stuck on gunk in an oven.)

  4. Ann-Marie says:

    Just tried this recipe on my filthy sliding glass door and got everything off! the glass is lovely and clean now.

  5. One way that I have found that works great on windows and mirrors is soapy water.
    For small jobs I use a squirt of dish soap, and sponge and a microfiber rag. (Usually find these in the automotive section) Make a small bowl with your soapy water, dip your sponge in it and wipe your mirror or window. Then use the rag to buff it out. Or you can use a small sqeegee as well.
    For bigger jobs outside I use a bucket of the soapy water and a squeegee. It works great!
    One of my friends recently moved and I helped her clean her apt so she would get her cleaning deposit back. I did all her windows inside and out. She was amazed at how clean they came out.

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