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
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!
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
There is a recipe for glass cleaner with vinegar and ammonia. Do you have it?
By pthimlar from Zionsville, IN
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 not mix vinegar (an acid) and ammonia (a base) as they will neutralize each other out.
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.
Do any of you have a recipe for a homemade window cleaner?
By Shelley from San Diego
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.
U forgot ammonia
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.
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 use vinegar and water as well.
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.
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.
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.