5 Types of Homemade Window Cleaners and How to Make Them

Looking for a natural way to clean your windows? Natural cleaners don’t just save you money, they also help the environment too. 

The good news is there are a lot of natural ways to achieve sparkling, clean windows. Here, you’ll discover X types of homemade window cleaners and how to make them.

1. The dishwasher soap solution

One of the most common natural window cleaning solutions you can use is dishwasher soap. You can either use liquid or powder soap, but powder tends to be the best option. This is because liquid soap can leave a residue on the window if it isn’t done correctly. Powder soap on the other hand tends to offer a more streak-free finish.

You will need:

  • Liquid or powder soap
  • Hot water
  • Sponge
  • Squeegee 

Step 1: Mix one cup of dishwasher soap with one cup of hot water. Next, use the sponge to apply the solution to the window, gently rubbing the dirt away. 

Step 2: Rinse the squeegee with water and while wet, begin running it down the window in neat strokes from top to bottom. This will ensure no streaks get left behind. 

2. The vinegar method

Another simple solution is to try the vinegar method. Vinegar is an anti-bacterial and non-toxic ingredient. Thanks to its acidic nature, it can effectively cut through dirt and grime that has accumulated on the windows. It is especially well known for its streak-free finish, guaranteed to leave your windows gleaming. 

You will need:

  • Distilled vinegar (white vinegar)
  • Hot water
  • Dishwasher detergent (optional)
  • Spray bottle
  • Squeegee 

Step 1: Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of hot water in a spray bottle. Add ½ tsp of dishwasher detergent if using for a deeper clean. 

Step 2: Spray the solution onto the window, using a sponge to eliminate built up dirt and grime.

Step 3: Use the squeegee to get rid of excess moisture in a downwards motion, starting in the upper corner. 

3. The rubbing alcohol method

Rubbing alcohol can be a powerful window cleaning solution. You can use it to clean inside and outside the windows. However, if you plan on using it outside, you’ll need to add an extra pre-wash step to your routine.

You will need:

  • 70% rubbing alcohol
  • A newspaper 
  • Water (for cleaning outside windows)
  • Sponge
  • Squeegee

If you are cleaning the inside of your windows, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Crumple a sheet of newspaper into a ball.

Step 2: Add enough rubbing alcohol onto the ball of newspaper to moisten it. 

Step 3: Rub the newspaper ball across the glass to remove dirt and grime.

Step 4: Repeat these steps, using a little less alcohol as the dirt begins to disappear.

If you are cleaning the outside of your windows, you will need to mix the rubbing alcohol with water. You should then use a sponge to apply the solution to the windows, followed by a squeegee to get rid of excess water. 

4. The baking soda method

Baking soda can leave windows clean and sparkling. However, it is also known for its abrasive qualities. This means it should only be used on coated and non-delicate glass. The only things you’ll need for this method are:

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A soft rag
  • Paper towels or a second clean rag

To make your windows sparkling, follow these directions:

Step 1: Run the rag under hot water and wring it out so it is damp, not dripping. 

Step 2: Sprinkle baking soda over one side of the rag, before using it to wipe the window. Be careful not to apply too much pressure.

Step 3: Run the rag under the hot water tap once again, but this time make sure it is soaking wet. Use the rag to wipe over the window, removing any remaining baking soda. 

Step 4: Use paper towels or another clean rag to dry the window.

5. The ammonia method

You can also clean windows with an ammonia-based solution. While you could use ammonia by itself, it does tend to leave behind unsightly streaks. Therefore, this method is best used when a few extra ingredients are thrown in. For an effective, streak-free cleaning solution you will need:

  • 26 oz warm water
  • ½ cup of 70% rubbing alcohol
  • 2 tbsp ammonia
  • ¼ tsp liquid dishwashing soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge

Step 1: Mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle.

Step 2: Spray the solution over the window and use the sponge to wipe over the glass.

Step 3: Repeat until dirt and grime have been successfully removed.

You can try out the different methods above to see which one works best for you. Each method is easy to follow and cheap to use. As you can see, you really don’t need to spend a fortune on chemical cleaners to get your windows clean and sparkling. 

  

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