Homemade Window Cleaner

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Homemade Window Cleaner - Learn how to make homemade glass cleaner using a pros glass cleaner recipe.  So simple and with this homemade glass cleaner....no streaks!!   

Also don't miss his tips for how to wash windows, they truly make washing windows a breeze!

With just a single ingredient in water is all you need to make your own homemade window cleaner. 

It could be considered homemade glass cleaner as well, use it for all your glass and mirror cleaning. 

It is non-toxic, safer to use, not to mention.....cheap!!!

Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe

Water and your favorite chemical free dish soap.   Now you're reading to start washing windows!!

Note:  If your windows are really dirty, it helps to use a dish soap that has a grease cutting ingredient or essential oil such as lemon or other citrus.

How To Make Homemade Window Cleaner

It depends on the job you're going to do, if you're going to clean mirrors and glass in your home, buy or reuse an empty (clean) spray bottle, depending on the bottle size, just add 2-3 drops of dish soap to the water filled bottle. There you have it, homemade glass cleaner!!!

If you're planning to do a big job such as washing windows inside and out, add approximately 3 oz. of dish soap to 3-4 gallons of water.  (see below for instructions and advice from a pro)  There you have it, a very simple, inexpensive homemade window cleaner!

I use this homemade window cleaner for all my indoor glass and mirror cleaning and it works great, better than windex, no streaks or film, you can feel good about saving a lot of money and your glass will truly sparkle.

I recommend you continue to read below for advice and instructions from a window washing pro.

In his own words, He shares his homemade glass cleaner recipe and tricks of the trade. 

You'll be amazed how much easier the job is!!

How To Wash Windows

from a Pro!

As for the homemade window cleaner.....I've never measured proportions but just guessing, I would say 3oz (roughly a shot glass) of dish soap to 3 or 4 gallons of water (this will also depend on the type of soap).

I prefer Dawn for its grease cutting ability, but recommend wearing gloves if you use Dawn, I had to switch to Palmolive (only the clear kind) because I kept getting a rash/skin irritation from the Dawn and other dish soaps on my hands.

I haven't looked to see what is in those that might be causing the irritation. 

On another note, adding a couple cups of vinegar to the homemade glass cleaner will help remove some hard water deposits (recent ones, not old baked in by sun deposits, the older they are, the harder they are to remove and require more severe chemicals) on glass and help cut grease.

For other ways to clean glass with hard water deposits, use steel wool (do not use on plastic because it will scratch and make sure you use the finest grain/grit "0000" to avoid scratching the glass).

Get the steel wool wet or wet the area to be cleaned (using the homemade glass cleaner is good) and starting lightly go in a circular pattern.

Clean the area with a squeegee and check your work it may take several times to get it all off and may require harder pressure for really tough deposits.

I recommend wearing latex or other cleaning gloves while cleaning glass using the steel wool...it does tend to break down after a while and the pieces get all over your hand. 

CAUTION, if you drop the steel wool in dirt or rocks or you think it may have picked up something hard in its fibers, throw it away and do not use on glass, it may cause scratches.

Also, don't use the same piece of steel wool again the next day, by then it will have begun to rust from the moisture and will just get messy and not be effective for the cleaning.


As far as other window cleaning equipment, for the beginner and for use around the home, I would recommend a 10- 12" Ettore squeegee (anything smaller takes to long and anything bigger is harder to get the technique).

You can pick one up at a janitorial supply store (don't go to Home Depot or Lowes, they sell the worst kind!) and they typically have a brass refillable channel with a brass handle.

The channel holds the rubber blade which is what touches the surface of the glass to remove the soap and water.

While you are there, pick up a couple extra rubber blades (window cleaners call these "rubbers" ha!) that fit the channel you purchase. 

You will also want to purchase a window cleaning "mop" that is about the same size as the squeegee.

The mop is just a T handle that is fitted with a removable scrubbing sleeve (ask the folks at the store if you are unclear what this or any item is...there are many varieties and options to choose from, but I would stick with a basic item...no need to get fancy at this point!).

Once you have these items you are ready to begin cleaning windows!

Dunk the mop into your homemade glass cleaner which is just water/soap solution, give it a quick ring out with your hand to keep from soaking the floor (I recommend having a drop cloth, especially on carpeted areas) and scrub the glass vigorously from frame to frame getting all areas scrubbed.

Now comes the tricky part....using the squeegee!

This is the most frustrating part for most people....but don't give up...once you get this you will be amazed how easy glass cleaning is and in a short time!

I would first try a straight pull technique starting at the top of the glass you just mopped, place your squeegee (rubber side on the glass) so that you are bumping the top frame and one end of the squeegee is in a corner.

Don't push to hard or to light on the glass with the squeegee as this will leave streaks. 

Also, the angle of the blade has to be correct, this can be adjusted by either angling the handle closer to or farther away from the glass (as a rule of thumb, you should be able hold the handle and not have your fingers touching the glass).

Once you think you have a good angle, pull the squeegee straight down the glass while maintaining the same angle keeping it going until you reach the bottom of the frame.

As you get to the bottom, slightly adjust your handle upwards and apply a little more pressure to the blade on the glass,this will allow you to get the blade all the way to the bottom of the glass without having your handle bumping into the window sill or having your knuckles scrape on the frame.

Repeat this process on the area next to where you just finished but use overlapping (by about a quarter to half inch) strokes down the glass, making note of any streaks or lines you may have left behind and adjust your squeegee angle, grip, and pressure accordingly until you can move along with out any streaks being left behind. 

You may notice that where you began at the top of the window there is some residue left behind (shouldn't be more than a quarter inch wide line on the glass directly against the frame or rubber seal).

Getting the skill and technique for not leaving this is a whole other lesson which I won't explain here.

For now, use a clean rag to wipe this off as it may drip or run if there is enough left behind on the edges, use the rag for those left overs too.

Other tips:

Window washing - don't try this in full sun light or on hot glass....you will not have success and be extremely frustrated as the glass will dry very fast!

Keep experimenting with the squeegee until it and you are getting the clean you expect (no lines or streaks)...this may take some time, but keep going.  Once you get it, you will be happy!

Don't try doing this while on a ladder until you have the technique perfected.

There are lots of other ways to clean or techniques to use, but this is a basic one that can get someone started.

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