Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipes

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Below is a collection of homemade glass cleaner recipes that have been sent into me by readers, and in addition that I've also found from other sources.

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I think it is amazing the wide plethora of recipes that people use successfully. That's because, as with most homemade recipes, many varieties can work.

Check out the recipes below to see what you have on hand and find one that can work for you.

In addition, you can check out my favorite homemade window cleaner recipes here.

Now for the recipes sent in by other readers:

Simple Recipe: Hot Water & Squeegee

Michelle says: "I use hot water and a squeegee - no streaks & no fumes!"

Recipe Using Vinegar & Essential Oils:

Lynn said, "I use 2 cups distilled water, 1 cup vinegar, 5 drops of Lemon Kosher Certified Pure Therapeutic Essential Oils. This works great on all my windows, TV screen (as mine are not the flatscreens), kitchen glass tabletop, and mirrors! :)"

I am always looking for even more recipes. You can see additional ones I've collected below. In addition, you can share your glass and window cleaner recipes here and I'll add them to the page.

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Use Generic White Vinegar & That's It!

by Jemima

Jemima says:

I used to use the glass sprays and wipes when I worked in a bakery to keep the glass sparkly and streak free, BUT I was given a handy hint that absolutely worked much better, and was so much cheaper too.

A clean cloth like Chux and warm water and WHITE VINEGAR. THAT'S ALL.

I couldn't believe it worked so well, and with the generic brand white vinegar costing so little for so much, I now clean any glass, mirrors with just vinegar and water.

Try it. you won't be sorry!!

Taylor says:

Thanks Jemima for your recipe. As you can see a couple other readers also use vinegar as well.

Here's what other readers also said:

Daneil's recipe: I just use white vinegar in a spray bottle. I water it down for my little helpers that enjoy spraying more than wiping the glass!

Ron says: Vinegar works good on hard water stains on your windows too. Its acidity neutralizes the alkalinity of calcium deposits. Its cheap too.

There are actually lots of uses for this natural product around your home. I've collected lots of uses for vinegar here, so come check them out or share your own uses as well.

Over 50 Uses For Vinegar In Your Home

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Dish Soap For Cleaning Glass, Mirrors & Windows

Several people swear by using dish soap. In all the recipes that follow the soap is always very diluted in water (because otherwise it would streak and leave a residue), and sometimes other ingredients are added as well.

Haley's recipe: I use 2 cups distilled water, 2 tsp clear, natural ingredient dish soap and 3 tbs white vinegar!

Angie's recipe: 4 drops of Dawn dish liquid in a tall spray bottle and the rest filled with water, and use newspaper to wipe the windows for a streak free shine! And it's smells pretty too.

Fiona's recipe: Splash of Palmolive dish washing liquid in a spray bottle with water and a squeegee. Trust me you'll never look back.

There are actually lots of ways to use dishwashing liquid around your home for cleaning and stain removal, not just for washing dishes. I've collected many of these uses here, so come check out even more of them.

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Rubbing Alcohol To Clean Glass Windows

by Crystal Jeffreys
(Virgie, Kentucky)

Crystal says:

I use rubbing alcohol as a window cleaner on glass.

Please don't use it on window tent, it will destroy the tent, but use it with a micro fiber cloth and you will have a streak free glass.

Taylor says:

Thanks Crystal!

Lots of other readers agree with you as well about how well alcohol works on windows, glass and even mirrors. Here's what some other readers also said:

Rhonda says: My son always gets some unknown and impossible spots on the bathroom mirror - nothing gets it off - I finally tried rubbing alcohol and finally they came off. I think it is a mix of hard water spots and hand soap drops. Now I keep a bottle under the bathroom sink just for the bathroom mirrors.

Dawn says: Rubbing alcohol cleans mirrors with no streaks.

Stephanie says: Rubbing alcohol with a window cleaner cloth, it's sort of like a microfiber cloth, but smooth and lint free.

Rubbing alcohol can be used for cleaning and stain removal all around your home. You can read about more alcohol uses for your home here, or share your own ideas and tips too.

Uses for rubbing alcohol for cleaning and stain removal

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My Go To Recipe Uses Ammonia

by Betsy
(Lakewood Ranch, FL, USA)

Betsy says:

I use a very inexpensive product for windows and mirrors.

With a quart size spray bottle, fill the bottle with hot water, leaving 2 inches for a quarter cup ammonia and 3 drops of dish soap.

Screw top on tight and gently mix solution.

I have washed windows for 50+ years and I use paper towels because it does the best job.

Taylor says:

Thanks Betsy. You can get more ideas and uses for ammonia here.

Ammonia uses for stain removal and cleaning

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Use Cheap Vodka: Works Great

by Beth

A similar tip to using rubbing alcohol (see above) is to use cheap vodka.

Beth shared, "cheap Vodka for windows works great."

Make sure to use only the cheap stuff because otherwise that could get expensive really fast, plus why waste the good stuff on glass?

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Corn Starch & Water Makes The Best Glass Cleaner

by Christie

Christie shared a homemade glass cleaner recipe passed down from her grandmother.

Christie says:

Fill a 2 qt pan with warm water and add one fourth cup of corn starch and stir.

Use a terry cloth wash rag to wash glass with mixture, and wipe off with clean terry hand towel.

The glass not only shines but repels dirt!

My grandmother's tip: corn starch will settle in the bottom of the pan if not in use, so just mix again and continue.

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Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing this recipe Christie.

There are lots of uses for cornstarch around your home. Click the link to see others that have already been submitted, or share your own!

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Clean Your Windows With A Lemon

Another recipe for cleaning windows is to use lemon juice and vinegar.

Both lemon and vinegar are mildly acidic, and therefore can be great cleaners for your windows.


  • Juice from 1 lemon (which is equivalent to approximately 3 tablespoons of lemon juice)

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 2 cups hot water

  • spray bottle
The measurements are pretty loose because it does not need to be exact.

A nice thing about this cleaning recipe, too, is that it makes a nice smell in your home.

The vinegar smell dissipates quickly, but the lemon scent lingers which is really nice.

You can learn lots more ways to clean with lemon juice here.

Laundry and cleaning with lemon juice: tips and uses

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Homemade Window, Glass And Mirror Cleaner

by SR101 Reader

SR101 Reader says:

Ingredients and supplies:
  • One bottle of club soda (Walmart Brand will do)

  • Two old cloth rags

  • One spray bottle (found at the dollar store)

Put the club soda in a spray bottle. Spray on glass, windows or mirrors. Wipe off with cloth rag.


Taylor says:

Thanks for the recipe!

There are other readers who've also shared with me their love of using club soda for their windows.

For instance, Monica says: "I use club soda. Try it, you will be amazed."

In addition, Sarah says: "I use vinegar for most of my cleaning. But for windows I use club soda."

Does anyone else have a homemade window cleaning solution recipe to share?

If so, submit your recipes here, or read other recipes already submitted.

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Bathroom mirror smears and streaking
by: David

I cannot remove smears and streaking from my large bathroom mirror. I notice it mostly at the top of the mirror. The more I clean, the more it streaks. The more pressure I put on the mirror, the more it smears and streaks. I've used many different popular and some not so popular glass window and mirror cleaners, aerosols, foam and sprays, some green, some not. I've used a mixture of water and vinegar too. For cleaning, I've used terry cloths, t-shirt material, newspaper, paper towels, cloth rags and microfiber cloths. Nothing seems to remove whatever is on the mirror. I've even thought as a last resort of replacing this very large mirror (which I am trying to avoid doing).

No newspaper
by: maesaysdoit

Newspaper now use a different ink formulation. In the past it was a lead based ink and the paper contained whiteners.

Now ink is soy based in most print media. This leaves some streaking and a film from the soy. It can build up on your windows and mirrors, especially around the edges near the frames.

Plain water on microfiber cloth, or use a linen cloth like old linen napkins with a little glass cleaner whether you make your own or you purchase the real key is moderation. Many videos show people using way too much product. It takes longer to remove the product. Window cleaning becomes fast and easy when less product is used. Unless the windows have dirt or are really grimy. Even then it's best to use less product and then wipe it clean and do a second wipe as need.

by: Cate

For some unknown reason I resisted using newspaper, but was recently helping a friend move and there were no clean rags or paper towels. (I only use 3-4 rolls of paper towels a year.) But there was NEWSPAPER, which worked GREAT! I'm now a convert. Bunch up a piece of newspaper and dry the window (cleaned with vinegar and water). Then flatten out the newspaper and recycle. No rags to launder or paper towel trash, and the newspaper is still recyclable.

a word about mixing vinegar and ammonia
by: Taylor

Hi Pat, thanks for your recipe. I added to the comments instead of as its own submission merely because I do not personally recommend recipes that combine vinegar and ammonia together. The reason is simple science -- one is an acid the other is a base, and they basically cancel each other out. (You can learn more about this in my article about the pH of cleaners here). Your recipe can still work because the Dawn and alcohol will clean up quite a bit, but either vinegar, alone, or ammonia, on its own, will work better than the two of them combined.

my recipe
by: Pat

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup ammonia
1 Tbs Dawn
1 pint (2 cups) 90% rubbing alcohol

Pour all into an empty gallon jug (I save the vinegar jugs from when I'm cleaning cast iron), and then fill slowly with water. Give it a shake to mix, and then pour into a spray bottle from Home Depot. The first three helps clean, the last sanitizes.

I used this on an old mirror that Windex couldn't get clean, and it pealed everything off. I also use it to clean my kitchen counters.

Cleaning solution
by: Vicki Galloway

Use 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water. Add drops of tea tree oil or any other oil, like lemon or orange.

old hard water spots
by: Sherry

I have used most of these ideas over my 50+ years of homemaking and they most work well. The comment about todays newspapers is correct, that is why newspapers now leave black on your hands and clothes and why people with soy allergies should not handle them.

But, my problem is the outside windows. These have hard water build up from years of water sprinkles hitting the windows. I have never been able to eliminate them, they were there when I moved in 14 years ago. After about 7 years of trying these recipes and many more and razor blades and every product on the market, I could never get rid of them.

So I gave up. Now it is horrible and I am retired and have to look out of them all the time. Huge front room windows and the bottom 1/3 of them are soooooo bad that it is driving me nuts.

I have never been stumped on cleaning anything, so this is a plea for help.

Newsprint now fails!
by: Anonymous

Newspapers used to use lead base inks and paper whiteners. This helped to polish glass. Now they eliminated lead and use soy based ink. Just smears. I use squeegee and clean microfiber. No streaks!

my recipe
by: Dahlia Tamayo

Use 2 liters of warm water, dish soap, and small amount of alcohol or ammonia. Soak a piece of cloth into the solution, squeeze, then wash the window or glass with the cloth. Dry it with a newspaper, kitchen paper or dry rug.

by: Cath

My mother and grandmother used newspaper. It sounds bizarre but it brings glass up a treat.

Dawn + vinegar + water
by: Shanda

I worked in a deli and scrubbed on the buffet glass just to get streak after streak. An older lady I worked with gave me her simple recipe: a few squirts of Dawn, cup of vinegar and the rest water.

tip also about cleaning window screens
by: Angela

Just my Norwex cloths and water-stay cleaner longer too with no soap or other residue build up! And fellow Norwexers, you have to try a damp dust mitt to clean your screens-don't even have to take them out! Windows stay cleaner longer in general if you keep the screens clean too.

Norwex cloths
by: Mandee

I use Norwex cloths for my windows. No chemicals at all. Just water and my windows are squeaky clean.

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