Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2011

It’s almost Spring, which means it’s almost time for spring cleaning — and that involves cleaning the windows!

I’m actually not even dreading this task now that we have new windows that conveniently pop out for easy cleaning.  However I did want to try to find a more natural — or homemade window-cleaning solution this year.

I was told to try vinegar and water, but I wasn’t 100% satisfied — it was too streaky.

So I did some more research and found about 48 different homemade recipes for glass cleaner. Yikes…it was a bit overwhelming! But after reading the reviews {and a bunch of trial and error} I picked the following “recipe” as my favorite.



1 c. water

2 T. vinegar

2 T. rubbing alcohol

1 1/2 t. cornstarch 


1. Mix all ingredients in a small spray bottle {I got mine from the “beauty section” of the grocery store}

2. Shake

3. Spray on windows, mirrors, or any other glass surface

4. Wipe with a soft cloth or paper towel

5. Enjoy your streak-free shine for pennies!

NOTE —  You will have to shake the bottle every time because the cornstarch settles to the bottom.
TIP —  I wrote the recipe right on the spray bottle so I wouldn’t forget when it was time to make more.

That’s it! My tried and true, overly-tested, simple, inexpensive, homemade glass cleaner!

Do you have any other great window cleaning tips?.

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  1. Xhenya


    I keep seeing corn starch in window cleaner recipes. Anyone know why?


  2. Krysta


    Tip: Use newspaper to clean windows & mirrors! Not only does it give a streak-free finish, but you recycling & saving money you’d normally spend on paper towels. About the ink, I know some people worry about it leaving a trace. The only time the ink runs is if it gets soaking wet. Otherwise, I have no problems & I don’t like my newspaper to get too wet, so the window buffs to perfection!


  3. Yvonne


    I found if you heat up the vinegar and mix the corn starch it helps to dissolve it..


  4. Viv


    What is the deal with the corn starch? Wouldn’t that leave a cloudy film?


  5. Em


    Use distilled water, if possible, because of the minerals in tap water. That way, you’re sure to get a streak-free shine.


    Andrea Reply:

    Good tip. Thanks Em!


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