Updated Nov 2, 2022
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Making your own homemade window cleaner is an easy, non-toxic, and cost-effective alternative to a commercial cleaner. This guide shares several different homemade window cleaner recipes that you can ultimately adjust to your cleaning needs.
Most homemade window cleaning recipes require two to three ingredients that you likely already have in your home. The only other materials you’ll need include a glass spray bottle or bucket and a microfiber cloth.
To ensure your windows aren’t left with any streaks, keep the following guidelines in mind:
For extra dirty windows, you can wash the windows with warm water and soap prior to using your homemade window cleaner. You can also use a vinegar solution to scrub any stubborn spots.
A vinegar and water window cleaner is the most common homemade window cleaner. This widely used household solution is a go-to in any homemade cleaning arsenal.
Using vinegar as an alternative to chemical store-bought cleaners can prevent you from breathing in toxic and harmful fumes. Vinegar also has an added benefit of being streak-free. This solution can be used on glass surfaces, such as glass top tables, but should not be used on marble, granite, slate, or any other porous surface.
Give your home an extra fresh scent with nature’s antiseptic: lemons. The lemon’s acidic base will eliminate window grime, while ensuring that you’re only using clean ingredients in your home. This cleaning remedy can also be used on glass, plastic, or ceramic surfaces. Avoid using lemon juice on marble, granite, slate, or any other porous surface.
Thanks to the alcohol, this recipe evaporates fast, eliminating spots and streaks. Vinegar is antibacterial and non-toxic, making it a must-have for any cleaning supply cabinet. It also helps to break down any film or grime that builds up on glass surfaces because of its acidity. This solution can be used on glass, plastic, or ceramic surfaces, but should be avoided on marble, granite, slate, or any other porous surface.
This glass cleaner recipe can be adjusted to the amount of window cleaning you have to do—use a spray bottle for smaller interior windows or a bucket for exterior windows.
This large-volume recipe is best for outdoor windows that need some extra scrubbing. While this recipe makes a big batch, it can be adjusted for smaller interior windows, as well.
Give your vinegar-based homemade window cleaner some extra cleaning power by adding baking soda to the process.
This recipe helps break down stubborn fingerprints or grease marks, thanks to the ammonia, while leaving the windows clean and streak-free, courtesy of the cornstarch. This solution can also be used on glass, plastic, or ceramic surfaces. It shouldn’t be used on marble, granite, slate, or other porous materials.
Making your own homemade window cleaner can help cut costs on cleaning supply purchases and eliminate interactions with toxic fumes and chemicals found in store-bought window cleaners. Additionally, homemade window cleaners are relatively versatile and can be used on other glass surfaces, such as mirrors, shower doors, or photo frames.
Here are the top benefits of making your own homemade window cleaner:
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