Say goodbye to streaks and smudges with this easy DIY window cleaner recipe! Achieve crystal-clear windows in no time!
Are your windows in need of some serious cleaning? Look no further! Let me teach you how to make your very own DIY window cleaner using ingredients you probably already have around the house. With just a few simple steps, you can have your windows looking brand new in no time.
Not only will you save money by making your own window cleaner, but you’ll also avoid the harsh chemicals found in many store-bought cleaners. I know personally if I use commercial window cleaners, I have allergen issues that can make it hard to breathe at times. With this homemade window cleaner, that isn’t an issue!
Why Use Alcohol in DIY Window Cleaner?
When you make your own window cleaner, you can technically leave the rubbing alcohol out of the recipe if you want to. However, the presence of the alcohol not only helps clean your window, but it also allows the cleaner to evaporate faster.
This means you are less likely to have streaks or any residue left behind when your window dries.
Using Essential Oils for Scented DIY Glass Cleaner
In the recipe for homemade glass cleaner below, you’ll notice I don’t give you a specific essential oil scent to use. This is because it’s up to you! The only thing I will tell you is to make sure you are using only 100% pure essential oils. Other than that, use whichever scent you’d like!
A few of my favorites are lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil and geranium essential oil. Citrus oils will add a disinfecting boost to your mixture while lavender can help relieve stress for those who smell it.
How to Get Streak Free Windows
Having streak free windows can seem impossible. Honestly I was into my mid-thirties before I finally figured it out. I would clean the window but always have one single streak in the bottom corner that drove me nuts. Turns out, I was making it harder than it needed to be.
First, when you clean your windows matters. Choosing a warm or sunny day can help your windows dry faster. This helps to eliminate those pesky streaks.
Before you even spray your DIY glass cleaner though, use a cleaning brush or window brush to clean any loose dust, debris or dirt from the glass surfaces, the window frame and windowsill. Skipping this step is like mopping with a muddy mop. All you’re doing is spreading dirt around.
Finally, skip the paper towel or newspaper trick and just use a clean microfiber cloth to clean the windows with. Use plenty of this homemade window cleaner recipe to cover the window and wipe from top to bottom.
If you see any streaks, simply wipe them again until the streak is gone and the window is fully clean.
Tools Needed to Get Perfectly Clean Windows
Getting perfectly clean windows does require a few things but luckily, they’re not super expensive. Distilled water is usually better than tap water because tap water can often be hard water. Using it to clean glass can leave trace minerals on your windows.
As I’ve already mentioned, a microfiber cloth or specific glass cleaning cloth is important as well. Paper towels can leave behind lint fibers that make your glass look dirty even when you are using a vinegar-based cleaner.
While I don’t personally use one, a glass squeegee can be helpful too for some folks. I personally think they create a bigger mess by dripping water everywhere. The only exception to this is if you’re cleaning your shower doors. Then, a squeegee is helpful.in keeping your shower doors sparkling clean.
DIY Window Cleaner
- In the spray bottle, add the white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and essential oils.1/4 C. White Vinegar, 1/4 C. Rubbing Alcohol
- Shake gently to combine.
- Top the bottle off with water and shake gently to combine. Use normally to clean your windows.2 C Water, 10-20 drops Essential Oil