Window cleaners can be expensive to buy from the store, and it’s often full of harsh chemicals. If you’re looking for a more affordable and eco-friendly option, try making your own homemade window cleaner with these simple recipes. All of these recipes use ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen already, so they’re easy and convenient to make. And they work just as well as store-bought window cleaners!
- Distilled white vinegar
- Tea tree oil
- Paper towels or an old cloth
- A glass cleaner spray bottle or an empty spray bottle that is specifically made for window cleaner. Bottles with vertical sides work best because they allow you to reach all the way across without spilling.
Optional: A couple of drops of dish detergent
Steps for making your own window cleaner supplies!
- Pour white vinegar into your spray bottle until it’s about one-third full, then add water until the bottle is nearly full. Add in 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil; less if you don’t like the smell or more if you want an extra powerful cleaner (the downside is that tea tree oil can be quite overpowering). Shake well before each use.
- For streak-free windows, clean them with cool water first. If there are still streaks on the glass when you’re done, rub off the residue with a lightly moistened paper towel.
- Paper towels can leave lint everywhere; instead, use an old cloth or T-shirt to wipe the solution away. A squeegee works well for large areas of glass (such as sliding doors), and old newspapers are great for getting into hard-to-reach spots like around window locks.
- To get rid of fingerprints, dampen a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and ring it out slightly (this prevents drips). Wipe clean with the grain of the fingerprint (if you wipe against it, you’ll spread the dirt around). Use vinegar on stubborn prints if rubbing alcohol doesn’t work.
- Clean windows from the top down when using a ladder to reduce the chances of falling.
- Once you’ve finished cleaning your windows, be sure to wash out your spray bottle well with warm soapy water and let it air dry. If you’re reusing an old plastic container, label it with the contents and date of preparation. And of course, remember to recycle!