Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner Recipes

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June 9, 2010
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  • 1 pint rubbing alcohol
  • 2 Tbsp. ammonia
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid dish washing soap


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


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November 18, 2016

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March 8, 2017

Rubbing alcohol is an excellent product to use for cleaning windows. This is a page about using rubbing alcohol for cleaning windows.

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April 24, 2014

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.


November 18, 2008

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July 22, 2009

There is a recipe for glass cleaner with vinegar and ammonia. Do you have it?

By Pamm Thimlar from Zionsville, IN


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July 23, 20090 found this helpful

Mix equal parts in an empty squirt bottle.

Rubbing alcohol
good luck.

July 24, 20090 found this helpful

I have one and it works very well.

1 C ammonia
1/2 C white vinegar
1 gallon of water
1 drop of blue food coloring (optional)

Mix together and pour some in a spray bottle and keep the rest in a gallon jug. This can also be used as a multipurpose cleaner around your home. Good luck!


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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!

April 13, 20160 found this helpful

Do not mix vinegar (an acid) and ammonia (a base) as they will neutralize each other out.

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December 5, 2007

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 5, 20071 found this helpful

My mama used vinegar and water and dried them with newspaper from the 20s to the 40s when everyone had coal heat with gunk pouring out the chimneys.

December 7, 20070 found this helpful

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.

By siris (Guest Post)
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

February 16, 20080 found this helpful

I use vinegar and water as well.

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February 27, 2011

Do any of you have a recipe for a homemade window cleaner?

By shelley from San Diego


February 28, 20111 found this helpful

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


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!

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.

December 28, 20150 found this helpful

U forgot ammonia

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February 3, 2009

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


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?

By kwgzzs (Guest Post)
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.

By mgkinnaird (Guest Post)
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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November 16, 2009

I have used Windex's window cleaning sheets. They work great but are kind of expensive. Does anyone know how to make homemade cleaning sheets? Thank you.

By karen from Charleston, SC

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February 27, 2011

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


June 9, 2010

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.

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