DIY Streak-Free Homemade Window Cleaner

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With a homemade version of your favorite commercial cleaners, you can keep your windows streak-free while also saving money.

Dirty windows or a streaky glass door are simple to spot and clean. Cleaning windows and doors, on the other hand, always appears to be a task I put off, despite the fact that it involves very little effort. There will be no more excuses! You don’t need any expensive cleaners or tools when you can prepare this DIY glass cleaner recipe for free with household items.

Make your own DIY window cleaner with only a few pantry ingredients you probably already have on hand to save money and keep things simple. This DIY window cleaner is created with things you can really pronounce, such as vinegar and water, and can be made quickly and stored in your sink for the next time you need it. 

See also: The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning With DIY Cleaners

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DIY Streak-Free Homemade Window Cleaner

Gather Ingredients

Gather the supplies for this DIY glass cleaner from around your house. White vinegar, like so many other non-toxic DIY cleaners, plays an important part here. Its acidity cuts through grime and oil, making it ideal for removing stuck-on debris and streaks from windows. If you’ve cleaned your windows for years needing a commercial cleaner like 409 or even Windex, the glass is likely to have a faint, waxy coating on it. That residue is readily removed with regular dish detergent, which is another element that contributes to the performance of homemade window cleaner.

Mix them Up

Combine all of your components. Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Dilute the solution with two cups of water, then rapidly shake the bottle to combine the components. If you don’t have white vinegar on hand, lemon juice can be used in its place. Lemon juice, like distilled white vinegar, has a moderate acidity that cuts through grease and dirt with equal aplomb.

Make It Smell Great

There’s a lot to like about vinegar as a cleaning agent, but the strong stench isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, by adding essential oil to the spray bottle mixture, you may go a long way toward masking the fragrance of your homemade glass cleaner. Choose your favorite oil—it doesn’t matter which one—and adds 10 to 15 drops.

With your homemade window cleaner ready, spray it on the window glass and then wipe it throughout the entire area you’re cleaning with a lint-free cloth. Take care not to use a cloth or sponge that may leave streaks (or even scratches). Choose a microfiber cloth or chamois for the greatest results. 

Why This Solution Works well

Hot Water

The temperature of the water, like with many other cleaning activities, makes a difference. Hot water has greater kinetic energy than cold water, which means it agitates and removes dirt particles off of surfaces more readily. While this may aid in cleaning to some extent, needing warm water is not required for cleaning windows. Cold or tepid water would also suffice.


The major reason distilled white vinegar works so well as a glass cleaner is that it contains acetic acid. Not only does the colorless chemical component give white vinegar its strong taste and smell, but it also destroys certain germs. While vinegar-based cleaning products are excellent for breaking down and removing grime, oil, and mineral deposits, they can also aid in the removal of germs from hard surfaces around the home.

However, it is crucial to note that vinegar cleaning solutions should not be used in place of real sanitizing cleaners that eliminate 99.9% of disease-causing bacteria and viruses, as required by the EPA for products marketed as sanitizers.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice’s acidity, like that of white vinegar, may efficiently break away the dirt on glass surfaces such as windows. Although the citric acid in lemon juice is slightly stronger than the acetic acid in vinegar, both work similarly when it comes to cleaning around the house.

Dish Soap

Most liquid dish soaps contain a variety of chemicals, but sodium lauryl sulfate, in particular, contributes to the amazing grease-busting properties of brands like Dawn dish soap. When applied with water, the component binds with greasy particles and pulls them off of surfaces, allowing for simple cleanup.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have a variety of natural chemical components that may be used to clean as well as create a pleasant fragrance around your house. Tea tree essential oil, for example, not only has a pleasant aroma but also antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal qualities. Including it in your homemade window cleaner can also aid in the prevention of mold and mildew growth.

Window Cleaning Tips

Every homeowner’s seasonal cleaning to-do list should include a complete window cleaning. The beginning of spring, when the weather begins to warm, is an ideal time to undertake this chore, both inside and outside your home. But, before you start spritzing your windows, consider the following helpful hints:

If the windows are dirty but not streaky, you may clean them without needing a cleaning solution, homemade or commercial. Simply pick up and wipe away the dirt needing a lint-free cloth. Then, after you’re finished, polish the glass to a streak-free sheen with a separate, clean cloth.

Clean your windows on an overcast day if possible. When the sun shines directly on the window, the cleaning solution dries faster, leaving streaks or water stains behind.

Natural Cleaning Precautions and Warnings

While making your own window cleaner with natural components is more environmentally friendly and better for your skin and lungs than the harsh chemicals found in many commercial cleaners, there are a few safety precautions to be aware of.

Natural substances like white vinegar, lemon juice, and essential oils are great DIY glass cleaners, but they should not be used in place of genuine sanitizers that have been shown to destroy 99.9% of disease-causing germs.

Never combine vinegar and chlorine bleach. When the fundamental chemical component in bleach, sodium hypochlorite, reacts with the acetic acid present in vinegar, it forms hypochlorous acid and emits deadly chlorine gas. Long-term exposure to chlorine gas can cause skin burns, shortness of breath, and even death.

Window Cleaner vs. Glass Cleaner

Windex and other commercial window cleaners are frequently ammonia-based, which can leave streaks or cloudy patches on some glass. Ammonia-based window cleaners, for example, should not be used to clean car windows since the residue may impair the driver’s view.

Natural glass cleaners, on the other hand, such as the homemade window cleaner recipe above, do not leave behind residue or streaks when wiped away with a clean microfiber cloth.

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