It’s been such a warm winter where I live that I’m already in the mood for spring cleaning. Well, okay, maybe not a whole-house cleaning, since I try to follow my printable house cleaning routines regularly, but I’d sure like to let some more light in to cheer things up. And that means it’s time to wash windows.
Making a homemade mix of window cleaner is very cost-effective, and once you’ve seen how simple it is to get a streak-free shine you might never want to pay for the commercial stuff again!
How To Make Homemade Window Cleaner
Tip: When cleaning windows, wipe left-to-right on the inside of the windows, and top-to-bottom on the outside of the windows. That way, if you do leave streaks you’ll be able to tell which side needs to be re-cleaned.
- 1 part rubbing alcohol* or water
- 1 part white vinegar
- 3 drops dish washing liquid (see note)
- Empty spray bottle
- Squeegee, microfiber cloth, or newspapers
I prefer the alcohol-based formula because we get a lot of “city grease” on our windows, and I think it does a better job of both cutting through that mess and leaving a streak-free shine. Please NOTE that the dish-washing liquid shouldn’t contain moisturizers or “oxygenating action” — you want a straight liquid dish soap like Dawn (or Fairy in the UK) Original, or even Ivory.
In the spray bottle, combine the alcohol/water, vinegar and dish soap. Shake gently to mix. Fold a few sheets of newspaper together like a washcloth, or grab a microfiber cloth. Spray the glass, then wipe. For larger windows, use a squeegee. If you’re using newspaper, it may look streaky at first; just keep switching to a dry spot on the paper and the streaks will disappear.
This window cleaner is amazing for weekly or monthly cleaning! It’s excellent at removing fingerprints, fly specks, and those smudgy nose prints your pet leaves. But you’ll still want to give your windows a good, thorough cleaning both inside and out at least twice a year, ideally at the beginning of Spring and the end of Autumn. For those deeper cleanings, see my guide on how to wash windows without leaving streaks.
Equipment I Use For This: