Homemade Window Cleaner

How to make homemade window cleaner from HousewifeHowTos.com 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

  • 1 part rubbing alcohol* or water
  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 3 drops dish washing liquid
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Squeegee or newspapers or both.

*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.

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. Spray the glass, then wipe with the newspaper (or squeegee). It may look streaky at first if you’re using newspaper; just keep wiping and the streaks will disappear.

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Bonus 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.


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  • Megan

    My favourite window cleaner is newspapers – they wipe completely clean and don’t leave any streaks. And they’re super cheap, or free if you have free newspapers in your area.

  • Grace

    I love the newspaper method, but microfiber towels are my new favorite. They are also streak free, and pick up EVERYTHING so they are also good for dusting. :)

    • Katie Berry

      I absolutely LOVE microfiber towels! They’re brilliant on windows and, as you pointed out, for dusting. They get computer screens and phones squeaky clean, too. I keep one with my bottle of daily counter spray under the kitchen sink because there’s nothing better to get those counters shiny each morning. The only downside is that they do need to be replaced fairly often, even if you take care of them properly. So now I use the old ones to stuff saggy sofa cushions and doggie pillows.

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