By Amy DeYoung
Updated Nov 22, 2022
Streaks and smudges on windows, glass doors, and other glass surfaces are glaringly obvious and can make an otherwise tidy home look dirty. Unfortunately, many of us put off cleaning our windows because it can be a pain to achieve that streak-free look.
However, making a homemade window cleaner out of simple, natural ingredients like vinegar and water makes cleaning your windows a snap.
Here’s the recipe for the best homemade window cleaner recipe to achieve that coveted streak-free look while saving your hard-earned money.
For this homemade window cleaner recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
White vinegar is a critical ingredient in this recipe because its acidity cuts through grease, grime, and dirt, leaving you with a streak-free window. It’s also non-toxic, making it a fantastic alternative to traditional cleaners like Windex, which is made from many unpronounceable chemical ingredients.
Commercial cleaners usually leave a waxy film on your windows over time, which dish soap easily cuts through, resulting in a cleaner window.
Take your spray bottle and add ¼ cup of white vinegar to ½ teaspoon of the liquid dish soap. Dilute this cleaning solution with 2 cups of water and shake the mixture thoroughly to combine.
If you’re using lemon juice instead of white vinegar, keep the ratios the same. You can also substitute rubbing alcohol for white vinegar. However, you’ll need to adjust the ratio to 1 ½ cups of rubbing alcohol and 2 tablespoons of vinegar or dish soap diluted with 1 ½ cups of water.
As an optional step, you can add essential oils to customize your scent and cover up the strong vinegar scent, which, understandably, many of us don’t like. Choose one of your favorite essential oil scents and add 10 to 15 drops of essential oil to the spray bottle mixture.
After preparing your window cleaner, you’ll want to consider what kind of cloth you’re using alongside it, as this can make an enormous difference in how many streaks or water spots you’ll have.
We recommend using a lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth. Spray the window with the glass cleaner, then wipe across the entire surface in an “S” pattern using the lint-free or microfiber cloth.
Avoid using sponges or cloths that leave fuzzies to achieve a spotless shine. Paper towels are also a poor choice for window cleaning because they leave bits of paper sticking to your window.
If you’re cleaning a glass shower door, saturate it with your solution and let it sit for 10 minutes or more to break down buildup. Then, take a scrub sponge and give the shower door a deep scrub. Follow up with a wipe down with more cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth for the perfect, streak-free look.
In the future, use a squeegee every time you shower to quickly remove soap scum and moisture from the door, preventing serious buildups.
Cleaning your windows shouldn’t be overwhelming. If you have a large home with many windows, break up the task and work from one side to the other to avoid redoing previous work. We hope our vinegar-based recipe saves you money and decreases the time needed to clean your windows.
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