Homemade Window Cleaner

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The “recipe” for this homemade window cleaner works great on mirrors, inside windows, and outside windows. A perfect, streak free shine!

window spray next to a window

Homemade Window Cleaner

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No one likes dirty windows – especially when it is beautiful weather outside! This Homemade Window Cleaner works wonders at cutting through dirt, residue, grease and grime and leaves windows sparkling and clean. Unlike Windex or other store brands, this mixture is made with natural ingredients and just takes a few minutes to make, and costs less than purchasing window cleaner at the store. It can also be used on other glass surfaces, granite, mirrors, and shower doors.

Tools Needed to Get Perfectly Clean Windows

A few tools will help get the job done quickly and efficiently. Along with this homemade glass cleaner recipe, all you need is a microfiber cloth or another clean cloth, a window blade and a glass spray bottle. You’ll be able to wipe away fingerprints with just a couple of strokes! You can also add a drop of lemon juice or a few drops of essential oil for a clean, fragrant scent.

Ingredients for homemade window cleaner

Recipe for Hard to Clean Windows

If winter really does a job on my exterior windows and I have hard water stains to deal with I use a different formula. For hard to clean outside windows, I use another Homemade Window Cleaner. I add 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to 2 quarts of HOT water. Use a sponge to apply the cleaner and then a squeegee or dry cotton rag to dry it streak-free. If there are still tough hard water stains, I use undiluted white vinegar and let it sit on the window for a few minutes before wiping it off. You’ll be amazed at how hard this cleaner works without any of the fumes or harsh chemicals.

Window cleaning spraying on window

Window Cleaning Tips

A couple of tips for cleaning windows:

  • Clean windows early in the morning before they are heated up by the sun. A hot window, or a window in direct sunlight, is next to impossible to clean. No matter how good the window cleaner is, they will streak. This is also something to consider when having your windows professionally cleaned. Make sure you schedule in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t going to be an issue.
  • Use the right towel for the job. A microfiber glass cleaning cloth or a lint-free cotton cloth (some call this a surgical cloth) will make the job easier and faster. Avoid the temptation to use paper towels or newspaper. These can scratch windows and leave streaks.

Window cleaning is not everyone’s favorite chore, but having the right cleaner definitely makes the job easier! This homemade window cleaner will take the drudgery out of all that house work. You might even have fun!

Homemade Window Cleaner

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The "recipe" for this homemade window cleaner works great on mirrors, inside windows, and outside windows that aren't too dirty. A perfect, streak free shine!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Serves: 1



  • Fill gallon jug ¾ full with water.
    Water for window cleaner
  • Add alcohol, ammonia, and dish detergent. A funnel is helpful when adding the rubbing alcohol. Add 1 drop of blue food coloring. This is optional, but it helps distinguish the window cleaner from a spray bottle filled with water.
    Window Cleaner with food coloring
  • Fill remaining space in the jug with water, leaving about 2 inches from the top empty. Replace lid and gently shake the jug to evenly distribute the contents.
    Window Cleaner with food coloring
  • Using a funnel, fill the spray bottle with cleaning solution and clean away!
    Window cleaning spraying on window


  • Spray bottle


*The blue food coloring doesn’t do anything to help or hurt windows, it is for safety reasons. I use one drop of food coloring to remind myself and others that the spray bottle is filled with cleaner, not with clear water. 


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Other
Cuisine: American
Window Cleaner
Recipe by: Echo Blickenstaff
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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    Own my own cleaning buisness so I’ve done my share of cleaning! This window cleaner recipe cleans the windows better than Windex!

  2. 5 stars
    Ran out of windex and made this recipe with things I already had at home! Who knew how easy it is to make your own window cleaner! Thanks for the recipe and tips!