Best Homemade Window Cleaner

We've got lots of great reasons to make your own window cleaner plus the very best tried-and-true homemade window cleaner recipe out there. (If we do say so ourselves!)

Why make homemade window cleaner?

It's cheap. A bottle of homemade window cleaner costs around $1.50 -- about a third of the cost of most typical store-bought window cleaners. It's environmentally friendly. You'll save bottles from the landfill as well as the fuel that would've been used to get those bottles to the store. Plus, it's much gentler on the earth than most premixed cleaners. It's adjustable. You have total control over the quality and ratios of ingredients in homemade window cleaner. If the formula feels a little off, you can adjust it to better suit your preferences.


It's the safe and easy route to streak-free, shiny windows. See for yourself: 

This recipe was developed by Mary Findley of who literally wrote the book on green cleaning: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Cleaning. Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe

  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/3 cup vinegar (for best results, make sure it says "made from grain" on the label)
  • distilled water
  • a new 32-ounce spray bottle

Add the rubbing alcohol and vinegar to the bottle, then fill with distilled water.

Tips for Use - Do give your homemade window cleaner time to work. Spray, then wait a few minutes before wiping.

- Do wipe with a clean cotton cloth. If there's any laundry soap or other residue on your cloth, it could leave streaks. For this reason, never launder your cotton cleaning rags with those used for cleaning the car or other greasy jobs.

- Don't use this cleaner, or any cleaner containing vinegar, on marble, granite, slate, tile or solid surfacing, which it could damage. 

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