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5 Best Homemade Window Cleaner Recipes

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When life can’t be as clear as one may want it to be, at least make sure your windows are!

If you are looking for simple, quick, and health-conscious ways of getting your house spick and span, you have come to the right place.

You may be broke and looking for cheap hacks. Or you may be a new mother/someone extremely sensitive to chemicals and looking for substitutes for chemically manufactured products. Products sold in the market may be easy to buy and use, but they contain several toxins and may even be a cause of indoor air pollution.

The biggest advantage of a homemade cleaner apart from solving the above-said problems is that it is not only limited to cleaning windows. This solution can be used on any shiny and lustrous surface to get a bright and sparkly finish.

So if you like your house Monica Geller clean, read on.

1. Cleaning Using Vinegar and Water

One of the easiest ways of making a window cleaner at home is using the one ingredient that happens to be in most kitchens—vinegar.

Vinegar is one of the many miracles of nature as it’s of great help to us. Not only does it make so many of our dishes tasty and finger-licking good, but also acts as a disinfectant possessing anti-bacterial properties.

Ingredients required:

  • White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water

This is one of the simplest forms of homemade cleaners. You just need to mix equal parts of water and vinegar and then shake thoroughly. Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray a little on dirty windows and use a lint-free cloth to wipe the windows clean.

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The mixture will successfully remove fingerprints and other smudges. It also removes a film of dust and does not leave any streaks. But if your windows are filthy, you may want to wash them with soapy water first.

Related: Brilliant Vinegar Hacks That’ll Make Cleaning Easy.

2. Lemon Juice Cleaner

The acidic nature of lemon helps it imitate the nature of vinegar and so helps remove dust and smudges. It won’t leave behind any streaks either.

This cleaner can be recommended for windows that have caught on a lot of greases. Windows in areas like the kitchen, bathrooms, and dining area tend to get greasy due to continued exposure to water and steam. To cut through this, an ingredient of a higher acidic potency is required.

Lemon juice has another advantage of providing a fresh odor and so a feeling of freshness to the room. Hence, it acts as a room freshener as well.

Ingredients Required:

  • Lemon juice
  • Warm water

How to Clean:

The procedure is similar to that of vinegar and water mixture.

  1. Squeeze a few lemons and add equal parts of water.
  2. Mix vigorously and pour the solution into a spray bottle.
  3. Use a soft cloth to clean.

3. Ammonia and Cornstarch Cleaner

Ammonia is a relatively low-cost alternative. It successfully cuts through grease, dust, and hard water spots. So this solution is extremely useful in areas that receive hard water.

Ingredients required:

  • Ammonia
  • Corn-starch
  • Warm water

How to Make It:

  1. Mix 1 cup ammonia, 4 tablespoons of cornstarch, and around 2 cups of water.
  2. Transfer it to a spray bottle and lightly mist the dirty area with this solution. Wipe the grime away with a hard textured cloth.

When ammonia is mixed with cornstarch, its concentration in the water decreases as the gas production increases. This strengthens its power to clean a surface.

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4. Vinegar and Alcohol Cleaning Solution

The advantage of this cleaner is that it evaporates quickly due to the presence of alcohol. This in turn results in better removal of the stain. The combination of the acid and the alcohol forms a chemical substance called an ester which helps in giving shine to the surface it is used on.

Ingredients Required:

  • Vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water

How to go about it:

  1. Alcohol and water should be mixed in equal parts and to that, the same number of tablespoons of vinegar should be added. For example, if you are mixing 5 cups of alcohol with 5 cups of water, you should add 5 tablespoons of vinegar.
  2. Mix the solution by shaking it in the spray bottle. Wipe with a soft cloth after spraying in the window.

A word of caution regarding this recipe is that you need to store it in a dark place as the alcohol would be inflammable if comes in contact with a hot surface.

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5. Cleaning Using Washing Soda Cleaner

This last recipe is one of the simplest and the most potent. In earlier days washing soda was a substance that was used to clean extremely dirty clothes. 

Washing soda can get rid of dirt and grime on windows, leaving the surface clean and dry. Mix 2 tablespoons of washing soda with 1 cup of water. Spray with a spray bottle. If you wish to use a milder spray, you can add baking soda instead of washing soda.

Another fun tip for this cleaner is adding the essential oil of your choice to create a fragrant environment in your room.

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Tips and Precautions:

  • Be sure to use some form of protection on your hands while cleaning, like rubber gloves.
  • If a spray bottle is not available use a sponge and a bucket. It works just as well.
  • Instead of using a ladder to reach higher places, use an extension pole.
  • Rinse thoroughly and quickly before the solution dries on the glass.
  • Swipe in a single direction to minimize the probability of marks on the glass
  • Refrain from using empty cleaner bottles as the residue of the previous chemicals may react with the new solution to cause some damage.
  • Keep out of reach of pets and animals.
  • Store cleaning products away from cooking ingredients.
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We hope that the above tips help you to have cleaner windows! Also if you have any other tips and tricks for cleaning windows, do leave your ideas in the comments below.


Written by Pulkit D

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