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Try this homemade window cleaner – it uses 3 simple ingredients you probably have on hand. It really is the best window cleaner!
Homemade Window Cleaner – So Easy to Make
Not long ago, my husband's entire family was visiting and I realized just how filthy my windows were (seriously, they were gross). So I decided to see what kind of window cleaner concoction I could whip up. . . and this stuff is just amazing.
Our house faces East, so the morning sun glares through the windows on the front of our home. Then in the afternoon the windows facing the back of the house get the afternoon sun which don't leave any room for mistakes either.
It's awful ~ they look so pretty when they're clean but don't stay that way for long…argh!
Cleaning your windows is one of THE easiest chores around the house – but for whatever reason it is one that tends to be put off.
I'm always looking for cleaning products you can make with items at home, and this homemade glass cleaner is SO easy to make. You're going to simply add your vinegar and water, along with rubbing alcohol and cornstarch, mix it up in your spray bottle (or in a bowl and then transfer to your bottle), and you're good to go.
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We prefer to use newspapers instead of microfiber cloth or paper towels to clean the windows with this homemade window cleaner. It doesn't leave streaks and is basically a free cleaning product if you subscribe to the newspaper (or know someone who does!).
So, I spent about an hour scrubbing one Sunday afternoon, and have the sunshiniest windows you've ever seen.
Also, I'm pretty sure I paid less than a quarter for all the ingredients (SO much cheaper cleaning glass with this versus commercial cleaners), so this is a keeper at my house.
To start, simply gather your ingredients:
- rubbing alcohol
- spray bottle for storage
Grab a spray bottle large enough to hold everything, add all of your supplies, then mix well. Don't forget to label your bottle!
Next, simply spray your windows, and use either a cloth or newspaper to wipe your windows clean.
Homemade Window Cleaner
- 2 Cups Water
- 1/4 Cup Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
- 1 tsp Cornstarch
- Recycled Newspaper Use these instead of rags for cleaning
- 1 Spray Bottle You can grab these at the Dollar Tree!
- Mix all ingredients well and pour into the spray bottle
- Label bottle and give a good shake
- You may occasionally need to shake it up to keep the corn starch from settling
- Spray your windows as you would with commercial cleaner and use newspapers to wipe
I'm not sure why the corn starch works in this homemade window cleaner, but it does…no idea why!
If you have a few windows to scrub in your home, take a few minutes this week to get it done. I always put this at the very bottom of my to-do list, but when they're clean it feels so good.
Let us know if you have any other great tips for cleaning windows at your house – I've heard that there's a good recipe out there using dish soap for glass surfaces too – let us know if you've tried that one!
Here are some other homemade cleaners you may enjoy:
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