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!

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How To Make Homemade Window Cleaner

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.

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  1. Megan says

    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.

  2. Grace says

    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 says

      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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