Homemade Window Cleaners You Must Try

No one really likes washing the windows, but once you’re done and the windows are sparkling clean, it’s worth the effort. Unfortunately, many of the commercial window cleaners contain harsh chemicals that not only harm the environment, but they can also be harmful to your health. 

If you’re looking for a mild window cleaner that leaves behind a streak-free clean, try one or all the homemade window cleaner recipes below. 

*Special Note: Some of the recipes use liquid dish soap as an ingredient. Many people prefer to use the blue Dawn dish soap, saying it works the best. Some readers have also said that Joy dish soap works well, too. 

10 Homemade Window Cleaner Recipes

Here are 10 window cleaner recipes to try. Some work better than others, but you’ll just have to try them all to figure out which is your favorite. 

#1

  • 2 cups rubbing alcohol
  • ¾ gal. water
  • ½ cup ammonia
  • 1 tsp. dish soap

#2

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp. vinegar
  • ½ tsp. dish soap

#3

  • 1 gal. water
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dish soap

#4

  • 1 gal. water
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 squirt dish soap

#5

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 gal. warm water

#6

  • 2 tbsp. corn starch
  • ½ cup ammonia
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 gal. warm water

#7

  • 1 gal. water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch

#8

  • 1 part vinegar
  • 4 parts water

#9

  • 1 cup cold, strong black tea
  • 3 tbsp. vinegar

#10

  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cups club soda
  • 1 tsp. corn starch

With each of these recipes, combine the ingredients, making sure that the corn starch is fully dissolved, and pour into a spray bottle. Use paper towel, newspaper, or a leather chamois to remove the cleaner and buff the glass to a sparkling, streak-free shine. 

For a gentle, non-toxic window cleaner that does as good a job (if not better!) than the store-bought cleaners, give any of the recipes listed above a try. Not only will you end up with streak-free windows, but you’ll also save money at the same time!