Homemade Window Cleaner

I’ve been wanting to try making homemade window cleaner for awhile, so when I discovered we were completely out of it, I knew the day had come!

This stuff is so simple to make — and it really works. I put it to the test on our grimy, fingerprint-laden sliding glass door and it totally passed with flying colors.

Now my question is: why have I waited this long to try making my own window cleaner?? I certainly will never be able to justify paying even a $1 per bottle for Windex again when this is so easy to make, works so well, and is so inexpensive!

By the way, this does smell a little like vinegar, but I think that the essential oil helps to tone down the vinegar-y smell. If you try this recipe and you don’t think it works very well, there are two other homemade window cleaner recipes on The Family Homestead site.

Have you made your own window cleaner before? If so, what recipe did you use and do you think it works well?

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  1. Debbie says

    This is how I clean everything. Except sinks, toilets, and tubs where I use plain baking soda. I don’t add water to mine. What’s the purpose of the water? My husband complained about the vinegar smell – it does linger even after dry for some of us highly sensitive sniffers – I can smell it for hours after cleaning as can he, but it doesn’t bother me like it does him. I do add essential oils now though, why not?! They smell divine! I’m on a lime kick right now.

  2. Kari says

    I haven’t read through all of the other posts, but I very highly recommend the Norwex window cloth. It is absolutely amazing! You just use a bottle of plain water and use the cloth – not only does it get everything off, but it leaves the window completely streak free. It’s shocking what a great job it does. On dirty exterior windows we do a quick scrub and wipe with a squeegee, and then wipe them down with the Norwex cloth and – no streaks! I think they’re around $17 here in Canada, but will last for years since you just pop it in the wash when it’s dirty.

  3. Busy Mom in Alabama says

    I was so glad to see you posted a link to Crystal’s website! I LOVE her recipes. She has down-home delicious meals that are made from whole foods and every one I have tried is wonderful! Be sure to go to her home page and click on the left side to visit her blog. She has a series right now in which she is making crockpot meals for the freezer in gallon ziploc bags. I have tried several and they are really good. Just thaw and put in the crockpot in the morning and dinner is ready! :)

  4. Bri says

    newspaper works great too for wiping the mirrors/windows- leaving them streak free. No buying towels, reuses the newspaper.