Fingerprints, smudges, dirt – windows and glass surfaces are hard to keep clean. The good news is that they are easy to clean with a natural windows cleaner.
We don’t have one but three different window cleaner recipes you can use for your DIY window cleaner. Choose the one that sounds best to you and mix the ingredients required in a spray bottle. Because yes, that is all you have to do to make a natural window cleaner.
Why Make Window Cleaners At Home
Store bought window cleaners are convenient and they get the job done. So why would you make your own window cleaner instead of buying one from the store? Here are a few reasons:
Homemade window cleaners are cheap. Cheaper than the ones you can buy from the grocery store. In fact, a bottle costs less than $2.
Homemade window cleaners are eco-friendly. You can re-use spray bottles as long as you use them for the same recipe so less bottles to end up on the landfill. Moreover, natural window cleaners are gentler to the environment, as they don’t contain harmful chemicals.
You can make how much window cleaner you want and you have full control over the ingredients and ratios used. You can easily adjust the formula if anything seems off.
It’s safe, easy, quick but, most importantly efficient. With homemade window cleaners you get shiny windows in no time.
Basic DIY Window Cleaner Recipe
- 2 cups of distilled water;
- 1/2 cup of vinegar;
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil.
Combine all the ingredients for this basic DIY window cleaner in a spray bottle.
Secure the lid and shake to mix.
Rubbing Alcohol Window Cleaner Recipe
- 1 cup of distilled water;
- 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar;
- 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol;
Add the ingredients to a spray bottle.
Secure the lid of the spray bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.
Glass Cleaner Recipe
- 16 ounces of hot distilled water
- A few drops of dishwashing liquid;
- A few drops of lemon essential oil.
In the large bucket, combine the distilled water with the dishwashing liquid and essential oil.
How To Clean Windows Or Glass Surfaces
With any of the three window cleaners we talked about above you can clean any window or glass surface in your home. And every time you will get perfect results. However, to make your job easier, we also have a few tips for you.
The first thing you have to know is that you should give your window cleaner some time to work its magic. So spray the cleaner on the windows or glass surfaces and allow it a few minutes to work before you wipe it away with a clean cloth.
Speaking of cloths, make sure you use a clean microfiber cloth for this task. Any residue on the cloth can leave streaks on glass surfaces. You also don’t want to use paper towels or rags because those can leave lint behind.
Always clean from top to bottom. This way, you can prevent drips and streaks.
While you can use water in the window cleaner recipes, we highly recommend distilled water, as it is purer and less likely to leave stains.
You can re-use spray bottles as long as you use them for the same recipe. Residual chemicals can cause unwanted reactions so it’s best to avoid using one spray bottle for different cleaner recipes.