Window cleaning solution

Want to Make Your Own Window Cleaning Solution? Here’s How!

Making your own cleaning products is just another way of being eco-friendly. Using products that you already have in your home costs next to nothing and is much safer for the environment. You may be skeptical about how thoroughly homemade cleaning solutions can clean your brand-new windows, but you’d be surprised by how efficient just a few key ingredients are at removing smudges, rain marks, and dust. Here are a few simple recipes to try out:

For all of these recipes, you will need an empty spray bottle. For a more complete list of what you’ll need, take a look at the individual instructions.

Why Vinegar Is a Great Cleaner

Many people use a variety of cleaning products designed for individual surfaces. This is certainly a viable approach, but vinegar may one of the best and most inexpensive. In studies, white vinegar has demonstrated that it can:
  • cut through grease
  • dissolve limescale on fixtures, sinks and toilets
  • eliminate most instances of bacteria and viruses
To read more about what you can clean with vinegar and what you should avoid, check out this handy vinegar cleaning guide.

Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/3 cup vinegar (for best results, make sure it says “made from grain” on the label)
  • Distilled water

For best results, spray on windows and leave for a few minutes before wiping the solution off with a cotton cloth. Do not use this solution on any other type of surface.

The Best Homemade Window Cleaner from She Wears Many Hats

You will need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dish detergent
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush with optional, extension pole
  • Water hose with optional sprayer attachment

If you plan on washing many windows, we recommend using a bucket instead of a spray bottle. For best results, rinse thoroughly. Try to avoid cleaning windows that are sitting directly in the sun as they will dry the solution faster and leave behind streaks.

Simple DIY Lemon Juice Based Glass Cleaner by Tips Bulletin

You will need:

  • One tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-quart warm water

These cheap and easy recipes utilize the powerful cleaning power of lemon, which also acts as a natural antimicrobial. For best results, wipe the solution dry with a dry microfibre cloth.

Homemade Window Cleaner with Alcohol and Ammonia from Stain Removal 101

You will need:

  • 2 parts isopropyl alcohol
  • 1-part ammonia
  • 7 parts water
  • 2-3 drops dishwashing liquid

Ammonia is a caustic substance, so be sure not to inhale the mixture and to avoid exposure to bare skin and eyes. Do not add too much liquid dish soap as it can cause streaking. If you have a sensitivity to chemicals, we suggest using a safer recipe.

The easiest recipe for cleaning your windows is to fill your spray bottle with one-part hot water and one-part distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is a safe yet powerful cleaning product, but it can leave an overpowering smell. Adding a few drops of essential oil (such as sweet orange or lemon) can cut the smell and leave behind a pleasant aroma.

If you’ve tried everything to give your windows a sparkling clean, but they just can’t seem to shine like they used to, contact Window Mart today. We carry the industry’s most affordable and eco-friendly window products in Canada.