Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner Recipes

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.

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December 27, 2011 Flag

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

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May 13, 2013 Flag
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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!

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    June 9, 2010 Flag
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    Ingredients:

    • 1 pint rubbing alcohol
    • 2 Tbsp. ammonia
    • 2 Tbsp. liquid dish washing soap

    Directions:

    In a gallon jar, mix all 3 ingredients. Fill jar rest of way up with water. Use in spray container.

    By Robin from Washington, IA

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    September 11, 2004 Flag
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    Ingredients:

    • 1/4 cup white vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 2 cups warm water

    Directions:

    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.

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    July 22, 2009 Flag
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    There is a recipe for glass cleaner with vinegar and ammonia. Do you have it?

    By pthimlar from Zionsville, IN

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    July 24, 20090 found this helpful

    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 ;-)

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    July 24, 20090 found this helpful

    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.

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    July 25, 20090 found this helpful

    You can also use Windshield cleaner. It's cheap and works great!

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    February 27, 2011 Flag
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    Do any of you have a recipe for a homemade window cleaner?

    By Shelley from San Diego

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    February 28, 20110 found this helpful

    Plain old vinegar. Works wonders. Also use a lint free cloth and good to go.

    Karyn

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    September 19, 20110 found this helpful

    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!

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    April 6, 20120 found this helpful

    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.

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    December 5, 2007 Flag
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    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.

    By Clark12

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    December 7, 20070 found this helpful

    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.

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    December 7, 20070 found this helpful

    Outside in below zero or close to it temps use the windshield cleaner for cars. Works very good. Can use a squeegie too

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    February 16, 20080 found this helpful

    I use vinegar and water as well.

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    February 3, 2009 Flag
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    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

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    February 4, 20090 found this helpful

    Is there a way to use less ammonia or to substitute another ingredient in order to lessen the odor?

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    February 5, 20090 found this helpful

    I mix equal amounts of water, isopropyl alcohol and vinegar and it is a great window cleaner, no smell and no streaking.

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    February 6, 20090 found this helpful

    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.

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    April 24, 2014 Flag
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    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.

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    April 9, 2010 Flag
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    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

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    November 18, 2008 Flag
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    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:

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    February 27, 2011 Flag
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    Ingredients:

    • 1 part vinegar
    • 1 part alcohol
    • 1 part water

    Directions:

    Combine in a spray bottle. This can be used on windows, mirrors, appliances, faucets, etc. I find that it works better (read: less streaking) than store bought.

    By Leann

    Answers:

    Homemade Glass Cleaner

    I use regular rubbing alcohol and white distilled vinegar. (09/30/2004)

    By Leann

    Window Cleaning Solutuion

    The best mixture for cleaning windows is 1/2 cup of ammonia, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a bucket of warm water.

    (10/29/2004)

    By Peggy

    Homemade Glass Cleaner

    I use 2 tablespoons ammonia, 1 cup rubbing alcohol, and 4 cups water. Mix together, put in a spray bottle and you are ready to clean those windows! Cheap! (10/30/2004)

    By hugmehugs

    Homemade Glass Cleaner

    If you have thermal pane windows, don't use ammonia. It discolors the windows (turns them purple). A Pella window installer shared this with us. (10/30/2004)

    By bronda

    Homemade Glass and Window Cleaners

    We buy gallon jugs of windshield washer fluid when it's on sale and pour it into a spray bottle as needed. It works like a charm and is cheap! (11/05/2004)

    By Songbird100

    Homemade Glass and Window Cleaners

    I use 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda per 1/2 gallon of warm water for all windows in the house and the cars. They stay clean longer, no streaking, and this gets rid of smoke stains/oil. (11/26/2004)

    Using Alcohol Instead of Window Cleaner

    Instead of buying expensive window cleaners I found rubbing alcohol works best. I fill up an empty squirt bottle from the dollar store with alcohol and start cleaning. It leaves windows, mirrors, and chrome streak free and clean (plus it costs a lot less!)

    (11/28/2004)

    By KimS

    Homemade Glass and Window Cleaners

    Use straight vinegar in a spray bottle. It leaves no streaks and chrome comes shiny like new. (12/10/2004)

    By Shirli

    Homemade Glass and Window Cleaners

    Vinegar added with very warm water and crumpled up newspaper work just as well.
    Happy Holidays.

    (12/18/2004)

    By Mary

    Homemade Glass and Window Cleaners

    Windshield washer fluid sounds good, but read the warning on the label. Some contain methanol not alcohol and may be a danger to use indoors. (02/22/2005)

    By Tom

    Glass Cleaner

    3/4 cup of rubbing alcohol to 1/4 cup of water makes for an excellent glass cleaner. It is great for mirrors, chrome, and countertops, too.

    (03/16/2005)

    By Crystal

    Window Cleaning Recipe

    Wash windows with the following recipe:

    • 1/2 cup vinegar
    • 1/2 cup ammonia
    • 2 tablespoons corn starch

    Mix these three ingredients in one gallon of hot water.

    (04/01/2005)

    By truerblue

    Homemade Glass and Window Cleaners

    Just an FYI, I don't think windshield washer fluid should be used indoors either and where I live, it is "not" cheap. (07/29/2007)

    By Maryeileen

    Homemade Glass and Window Cleaners

    As a professional window cleaner for over 30 years, let me tell you from experience and experimentation; newspapers or vinegar are "not" the best choices for home made window cleaning solution. I've tried them all extensively.

    Most window cleaners use a few drops of Dawn or Joy dish washing soap in a bucket of water. If you want to use as a spray, add some alcohol, rubbing alcohol works, but is not the best choice. For wind shield washer fluid add more alcohol to prevent freezing, not an issue if you don't have freezing weather.

    It's not the chemical that produces the streak-free clean window it's the training, practice, skill, and techniques of the professional that make the difference. Professional tools also help. But why waste your hard-earned free time cleaning windows? It's easy to hire a pro, just look up window cleaners in the YP or Google "window cleaners (+your location"and spend that free time doing something you enjoy)!
    (06/08/2008)

    By Steve

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    June 9, 2010 Flag
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    I have the best glass cleaner recipe ever! I've been using this for over 10 years! You can also put it in your window washer container in your car. No streaks!

    Mix equal parts in an empty squirt bottle.

    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Ammonia
    • Water
    By Jane from Anaheim, California

    Answers:

    Jane's Favorite Homemade Glass Cleaner

    Yes, love it! It does work wonders. I did all my windows this morning and they just shine. Thanks for this.
    (03/09/2006)

    by Sheila in Wisconsin.

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