Even though no one likes to do windows, having a good glass cleaner goes a long way to making this job easier. This page contains homemade window and glass cleaner recipes.
You will need a 12 oz. spray bottle. Mix 3/4 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap, 3 drops of mandarin orange-tangerine, sweet orange essential oil. Add three drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix well before each use to avoid streaks. Use newspaper to clean windows; it works better.
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By coville123 from Brockville
You know, I don't think I have EVER used this word before, but I'm gunna now. I am completely 'gobsmacked'! I cannot believe just how great this works. It even got off the residual annoying hard-to-get-all-of-it-off smearies from using the name brand stuff! I am throw roughly impressed, thanks so much!
A wonderful window cleaner can be made out of the following:
Mix 2 cups of hot water with 1/4 cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of cornstarch. Mix very well, and the pour into a spray bottle. Use with crumpled up newspaper. The windows will shine!
I am curious to know how the cornstarch helps? I have used vinegar and newspaper before but never tried cornstarch. Does it work on grit?
I don't have the slightest clue how the cornstarch does it, but i own a cleaning business and the only thing I've not vowed to going all natural with until just now is glass cleaner but I'm SOLD!!!!! Thank you for saving me another $20 a month!!!
In a gallon jar, mix all 3 ingredients. Fill jar rest of way up with water. Use in spray container.
Put all the ingredients into a clean spray bottle and shake to mix. Use as you would a commercial glass cleaner. Spray on glass and wipe dry with a clean cloth or newspaper.
Fill up bottle sprayer almost two inches to the rim. Add 1 Tbsp dish detergent and 1 tsp. of any dishwasher rinse aid. Add blue food color, if desired.
There is a recipe for glass cleaner with vinegar and ammonia. Do you have it?
By pthimlar from Zionsville, IN
I don't even bother with the ammonia. Just mix equal parts of water and distilled vinegar and the glass will be just as clean. If the windows, or mirrors, are not really dirty I just use 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water. A trick for streak less windows with little effort is to never wash them when the sun is shining on them ;-)
This is what I use:
1 pint water
½ C rubbing alcohol
1 T ammonia
1 or 2 drops blue food coloring (optional)
I like this formula because it doesn't have the strong ammonia smell
but still does a great job cleaning glass.
You can also use Windshield cleaner. It's cheap and works great!
Do any of you have a recipe for a homemade window cleaner?
By Shelley from San Diego
Plain old vinegar. Works wonders. Also use a lint free cloth and good to go.
I agree Steve! I just started using this recipe and I love it! It works great on mirrors and windows. I just fill my old Windex bottle up with plain old water and add 2 drips of Dawn dishvsoap. It works amazing!
1/4 Rubbing Alcohol, 3/4 water, a couple drops of Dawn Dish Soap. After you use this, you will never ask that question again. It can also be used in your cars windsheild washer fluid reservoir. You will never use anything else after trying this solution.
My mother taught us to cut a potato, so we could rub the starch onto the window pane. Three reasons why this is a good method:
Can anyone give me a recipe for window washing solution that can be used for outside windows in the winter? I just moved into a new home and the windows are filthy.
If you are going to wash your windows outside when there's a chance of the cleaner frosting over, just put about a 1/4 cup of rubbng alcohol in with the cleaner. This will stop it from freezing or frosting over.
I did janitorial for 5 years at the local college. We used windshield washer liquid. There is a no freeze type for winter use in the car too. Works great on any window.
Outside in below zero or close to it temps use the windshield cleaner for cars. Works very good. Can use a squeegie too
I have made a window cleaner with Isopropyl alcohol, ammonia, water and essential oil but the ammonia's smell is very pungent. I don't know how to make the ammonia's odor subside. Can anyone help me out of this problem?
Raheel from Karachi, Pakistan
Is there a way to use less ammonia or to substitute another ingredient in order to lessen the odor?
I mix equal amounts of water, isopropyl alcohol and vinegar and it is a great window cleaner, no smell and no streaking.
I would imagine that the essential oil leaves a greasy film on glass, causing streaking, and attracting dirt. The problem with ammonia is that is is quite volatile - it evaporates readily, and there is nothing you can do about that except try reducing the amount of ammonia in stages until it no longer works or no longer smells, whichever comes first.
I am looking for a recipe for window cleaner. It was made with cornstarch and alcohol, and I am not sure what else. It really worked.
By Jilly from WI
Here are the few I have found:
http://www.frugalfun.com/cleansers.html (scroll way down)
This can be used on windows, mirrors, appliances, faucets, etc. I find that it works better (read: less streaking) than store bought.