No one wants to breathe in a lungful of nasty chemicals while they’re cleaning their windows and mirrors. Thankfully, there are tons of quick, easy ways to make your own glass cleaner with ingredients you probably have lying around your home. No need to worry—in a matter of minutes, you’ll be ready to tackle any streaky or grimy glass surface in your home, from your windows and mirrors to your glass tabletops and car windshields.

Ingredients

  • 2  c (470 mL) of water
  • 14  c (59 mL) of white vinegar
  • 12  tsp (2.5 mL) of liquid dish soap
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • 2  c (470 mL) of water
  • 2 US tbsp (30 mL) of white vinegar
  • 2 US tbsp (30 mL) of rubbing alcohol
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 2  c (470 mL) of warm water
  • 14  c (59 mL) of rubbing alcohol
  • 14  c (59 mL) of white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (7.5 g) of cornstarch
  • 3  c (710 mL) of water
  • 1  c (240 mL) of white vinegar
  • 1 US qt (0.95 L) of water
  • 1 US tbsp (15 mL) of lemon juice
  • 2  c (470 mL) of hot, distilled water
  • 3-4 drops of liquid dish soap
  • 1 US qt (0.95 L) of rubbing alcohol
  • 14  c (59 mL) of white vinegar
  • 3-4 drops of liquid dish soap

Meant specifically for cars

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Vinegar and Dish Soap

  1. Grab a clean, empty spray bottle and fill it up the bottom with 12  tsp (2.5 mL) of liquid dish soap and 14  c (59 mL) of white vinegar. Then, thin out the mixture by pouring in 2  c (470 mL) of water. Tighten the lid on the spray bottle, shake everything up, and you’re ready to start cleaning with the help of a microfiber cloth![1]
    • If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, feel free to mix in 10-15 drops of essential oil.[2] Just be sure to store your mixture in a glass, polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) plastic, or high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottle, since essential oils can break down regular plastic over time.[3]
    • Vinegar is chock full of acetic acid, which makes it a great ingredient for homemade cleaners.[4]
    • This mixture works well on a variety of glass surfaces, like windows and glass doors.
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Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol

  1. [5] Start by filling up an empty spray bottle with 2  c (470 mL) of water. Then, add 2 US tbsp (30 mL) of white vinegar, 2 US tbsp (30 mL) of rubbing alcohol, and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil into the mix. Shake all of the ingredients together, and get cleaning with a microfiber cloth.[6]
    • Make sure that you’re using a bottle made of glass, PETE plastic, or HDPE plastic. This way, your essential oils won’t degrade the container.[7]
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Vinegar and Corn Starch

  1. Cornstarch is a simple but effective way to keep your glass surfaces from getting streaky; best of all, you only need 1 tbsp (7.5 g) to whip everything up! Just pour 2  c (470 mL) of warm water into an empty spray bottle, along with 14  c (59 mL) of white vinegar, 14  c (59 mL) of rubbing alcohol, and a spoonful of plain ol’ cornstarch. Shake everything together, and you’re ready to get spritzing and wiping.[8]
    • Cornstarch helps clear away any pesky, stubborn messes that are stuck to your glass. It works in tandem with the vinegar, which tackles dirt and grime head-on, along with the rubbing alcohol, which dissolves your cleaning mixture away.
    • This is an especially great option for cleaning your windows.
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Vinegar and Water

  1. Set aside an empty spray bottle and fill it up with a mixture of 3  c (710 mL) of water and 1  c (240 mL) of white vinegar. Shake everything together, and bam! You’re ready to get that glass squeaky-clean.[9]
    • This recipe works especially well on windows.
    • Some DIYers like wiping down this mixture with a sheet of an old newspaper. Newspaper has a great texture for scrubbing; plus, it won’t shed any pesky fibers on your glass. Just take a moment to wipe a small corner of glass first to make sure that the ink won’t smear.[10]
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Dish Soap

  1. When mixed with hot water, this sudsy cleaner is masterful at clearing away dirt and grime without as much as a single streak. Just pour 2  c (470 mL) of hot, distilled water into a clean bucket, along with 3-4 drops of liquid dish soap. All you need is a microfiber cloth to get your cleaning session started.[12]
    • You can use regular water for this mixture, but you’re more likely to end up with streaks that way.
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Windshield Wiper Fluid

  1. Look no further: vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and liquid dish soap are all you need to keep your windshield spotless. The next time your washer fluid reservoir runs low, fill it up with a mixture of 1 US qt (0.95 L) of rubbing alcohol, 14  c (0.059 L) of white vinegar, and 3-4 drops of liquid dish soap.[13]
    • It might help to stir all the ingredients together in a large, 1 US gal (3.8 L) jug, which you can pour directly into the reservoir.
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Community Q&A

  • Question
    Will using the alcohol and vinegar mixture remove a window tint?
    wikiHow Staff Editor
    wikiHow Staff Editor
    Staff Answer
    This answer was written by one of our trained team of researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
    wikiHow Staff Editor
    wikiHow Staff Editor
    Staff Answer
    No, it shouldn't! Both alcohol and vinegar are really effective ingredients for glass cleaners, and should leave your windows and mirrors looking in tip-top shape.
  • Question
    What kind of window cleaner should I use to remove a residue left by the protective film on my window?
    wikiHow Staff Editor
    wikiHow Staff Editor
    Staff Answer
    This answer was written by one of our trained team of researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
    wikiHow Staff Editor
    wikiHow Staff Editor
    Staff Answer
    Try using the vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and cornstarch mixture! The cornstarch can help clear through the film residue on your window.
  • Question
    What are the exact measurements of the components of glass cleaner to mix together?
    Community Answer
    Community Answer
    For most of them it tells you the measurements right beside the components.
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Things You’ll Need

  • Empty spray bottle
  • Empty bucket
  • Microfiber or lint-free cloth
  • Newspaper (optional)


About This Article

Ben Barlow
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This article was co-authored by Ben Barlow and by wikiHow staff writer, Janice Tieperman. Ben Barlow is a Window Cleaning Specialist and the Owner of Barlow Window Bros based in Provo, Utah. With over six years of industry experience, Ben specializes in window and gutter cleaning, power washing, and Christmas light installation. He received his degree from Brigham Young University. This article has been viewed 173,725 times.
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Article SummaryX

If you want to avoid harsh chemicals and save some money, make your own glass cleaner. Mix 1 cup of vinegar and ½ teaspoon dish soap with 1 gallon of warm water. Pour your mixture into a spray bottle and use it like you would any commercial glass cleaner. Another way to make glass cleaner is to soak citrus peels in vinegar for a few weeks. Then, strain the citrus mixture and pour it into a bottle. Mix in 1 cup of water and use it to clean your glass products. You can also try pouring club soda into a spray bottle and using it as a glass cleaner. To learn how to make glass cleaner out of rubbing alcohol, keep reading!

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