How to make homemade window cleaner!

Homemade window cleaner is something that I have used for a long time. I ran out of Windex one day and my Mom just shook her head and said, “why don’t you use vinegar?”

When we were kids, my Mom would have us fill a bucket with warm water and a little Dove dish soap and was the outside windows of the house. It always left them clear and without streaks.

The price of Windex has really gone up quite a bit, to almost $3.50 a bottle at Walmart. Even with a coupon it is really still overpriced in my opinion. Plus, if my kids clean a window with it, they use almost 1/2 a bottle! I am also trying to cut down on the amount of waste that we generate in general, and I love the idea of a very natural and safe cleaner that my kids will be around.

The total cost is around $.10 a bottle of cleaner for the homemade. That is a HUGE savings over a year, it is much more “green” and safer for the kids!

The only other variation, is if you used a little tiny bit of dish soap. This is the one that my Mom uses, I change it up a bit and use mine above, about every other time!

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  1. Anonymous says

    I use half water to half vinegar in water bottle. My house is mostly marble and glass. For potty’s I use baking soda and vinegar . At first my sisters would complain about my house smelling like vinegar but now they ask where’s my vinegar spray? I have lots of allergies to products so this works for me, and vinegar kills germs well atleast I think so. Lol.

  2. Toni says

    For inside mirrors etc I use about half vinegar and half water. For outside windows I use a couple of drops of sunlight dish soap in a pail of water…. Trick is to dry the window completely with plain white packing paper.

  3. Elidia Lofton says

    I have a friend who cleans new construction multi-family apartments for a living. I went to work with her for awhile and was astonished that she just uses about 4 drops of Dawn dish soap in a bucket of water. She uses a cloth and covers the window and then a Squeegee. I was impressed that it works well and quickly!

  4. Tanya L. says

    Don’t be afraid to use newspaper for cleaning (drying) windows. It really does work, incredibly. Try it once – you’ll be amazed!


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