Stop using harsh chemicals to clean your windows, and instead, try my simple, all-natural window and glass cleaner that cleans better and faster than traditional store-bought cleaners!
Over the last 15 years or so, cleaning the windows has notoriously been one of my least favorite chores.
Maybe I disliked it so much because it seemed overwhelming to clean ALL the windows in our house at one time.
Or maybe it was because the weather was never in my favor and always seemed to rain the day after I thoroughly washed all the windows.
Or maybe it was because my children’s sticky fingers and slobbery mouths always tended to gravitate towards the cleanest windows and mirrors in the house!
Whatever the reasoning, it took many years of domestic life to finally came to terms with the fact that cleaning windows really isn’t all that difficult or time-consuming!
Plus, the joy I get from seeing the sun streaming through clean, streak-free windows more than makes up for the few minutes it takes me to clean each window.
Fast-forward a decade and I’ve developed a “system” of sorts to simplify the window cleaning process.
My Window Cleaning System:
Along with spot-cleaning the windows throughout the year, I choose one week every few months (usually 4 times per year) and clean a few windows each day.
- Day 1 = Kitchen and bathroom windows (7)
- Day 2 = Living area windows (6)
- Day 3 = Bedroom windows (6)
- Day 4 = Doors with windows (5)
My “system” is certainly not anything elaborate, but when I spread the cleaning out over a few days, it usually only takes me 20 minutes per day, and that’s very doable for this season of life.
This little routine allows me to enjoy fairly clean windows most of the time without a huge time investment, and without constantly putting off a big cleaning job until “later”.
In attempts to making cleaning our windows EVEN easier, I use 2 really simple, all-natural window-cleaning products.
Clean Your Windows with Just Water!
My preferred window-cleaning method is this window cleaning cloth + water.
I know, it sounds too simple, but it really does work and I’ve been cleaning my windows this way for over a decade.
It’s so simple that even the smallest kiddos can “help”!
In fact, I have 2 kiddos who really enjoy “helping” me wash windows… especially when they get to use the special cloth! 🥰
DIY All-Natural Window Cleaner!
I’ve always known that vinegar and water made a frugal, all-natural window cleaner, but I personally felt like this combo left my windows and glass a little streaky.
Several years ago, I tested different combinations of pantry staples and I came up with an extremely simple, DIY window and glass cleaner that just so happens to use all-natural ingredients you probably have in the house!
I’ve used this glass cleaning recipe for years and can attest to the fact that it works wonderfully.
I still prefer to just use the window cloths I mentioned above, but if you’re more of a spray-clean type of gal (or if your windows are REALLY grimy), give this recipe a try!
- 2 c. Water
- 1/4 c. White Vinegar
- 1/4 c. Rubbing Alcohol
- 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch
- Mix all ingredients in a small spray bottle
- Shake gently to combine
- Spray mixture on windows, mirrors, or any other glass surface
- Wipe with a soft cloth or paper towel
- Enjoy streak-free windows for pennies!
You'll want to shake the bottle every time you use this mixture so the cornstarch doesn't settle at the bottom.
You might also want to tape the recipe to the spray bottle so you don't need to look it up when it's time to make more.
My tried and true, overly-tested, simple, inexpensive, homemade, all-natural window and glass cleaner!
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Do you have any other great window or glass cleaning tips?.