The Best Homemade Glass Cleaner

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Homemade glass cleaner is an easy way to reduce toxins in your home. This natural, streak-free glass cleaner gets windows and mirrors shiny clean, with no fumes or dangerous chemicals.

hand washing window

If you can't find your 5-year-old and it's really quiet, you can guess that there's mischief happening. When this happened, I wasn't surprised to find that Jackjack made a HUGE mess on the bathroom mirror.

boy smiling in front of dirty mirror

I don't mind messes, but I also expect him to help me clean them up. Not a problem, right?

Except that once I looked at the ingredients on the Windex bottle, I didn't want any of us touching this stuff:

2-Hexoxyethanol

Isopropanolamine

Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate

Lauramine Oxide

Ammonium Hydroxide

Liquitint Sky Blue Dye

windex bottle

Gross, huh? These chemicals are so nasty that Environmental Working Group rated Windex with a grade of "D."

These ingredients have the potential for acute aquatic toxicity; negative respiratory effects and negative nervous system effects.

You don't need any of those mystery ingredients to make natural, streak-free glass cleaner.

blue spray bottle and paper towels with lemons in background

This homemade glass cleaner can be used on windows, mirrors, and glass--even faucets and stainless steel. It only costs pennies to make, and doesn't contain dish soap or ammonia.

That means it's safe for kids to use when they need to clean up the messes they make!

It's easy and inexpensive to make your own window or glass cleaner, without any of those nasty chemicals.

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup rubbing alcohol

1 Tablespoon white vinegar

Tap water

Instructions

Pour the rubbing alcohol and vinegar into a clean 16oz spray bottle (I like these because they're sturdy and don't leak).

Fill with tap water and label the bottle.

Hand the bottle and a microfiber cloth to your assistant and send him to the nearest dirty mirror.

It's easy and inexpensive to make your own window or glass cleaner, without any of those nasty chemicals.

Microfiber cloths are great to use instead of paper towels. They are reusable, super-absorbent, and don't leave any streaks or smears. 

If you're lucky, your assistant might get motivated enough to wash more stuff. Watch as your bathroom becomes sparkly clean! Or less of a biohazard, at least.

Now if I could just get him to mop the kitchen, I'd be in business...

woman cleaning window

Natural Glass Cleaner

Yield: 16 oz.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Homemade glass cleaner is an easy way to reduce toxins in your home. This natural, streak-free glass cleaner gets windows and mirrors shiny clean, with no fumes or dangerous chemicals.

Instructions

  1. Pour the rubbing alcohol and vinegar into the spray bottle.
  2. Fill with tap water.
  3. Label the bottle, shake gently, and start spraying!

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14 Comments

  1. Vasantha Pahalawattaarachchi on March 20, 2020 at 10:08 am

    very good

  2. Hilde Tipton on July 31, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Glad someone mentioned using newspaper. This is the way we cleaned all the glass in the house back in the 60s – vinegar, water, and newspaper.

  3. galacticwalker on August 8, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Everyone in the UK knows there is only one way to clean windows…… Vinegar water and a dot of washing up liquid, then rub it on with newspaper and dry it off with more dry newspaper.

  4. clarego on April 29, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    peroxide!

  5. Robyn L. Coburn on March 17, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I use very dilute hot soapy water and squeegee instead of any kind of cloth or paper. So much faster!

  6. Anonymous on January 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I use your recipe plus old newspaper flyers and it works great! No streaks and doesn’t leave your house smelling like french fries after:D

  7. Anonymous on October 7, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I use water and a dry J-cloth.

  8. Annnightflyer on May 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Vinegar and wipe with newspaper works excellent too.

    • Antoinette Nozzero on August 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Yes, I started doing the same, white vinegar and water in a squirt bottle

  9. Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family on May 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I love your helper. Do you think 2 is too soon for this? Lol! Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  10. Leslie A on May 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

    You may want to check out a great recipe I found a few months ago that uses Prell shampoo, instead of ammonia. It’s found here, if you are interested: http://www.theprudentlife.net/2012/05/glass-cleaner.html

  11. Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Is ammonia not very bad for the environment?

  12. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy on January 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Ugh toothpaste on the mirror. BTDT! Thanks for sharing at Healthy 2Day Wednesday!

  13. Maya on April 1, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I’m not comfortable with the toxic fumes from ammonia, so I use vinegar instead of the ammonia and rubbing alcohol in your recipe. Works better than the store bought cleaner, for sure!

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