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Still buying Windex? Here's how you can make at home

Updated: May 16, 2023

Approximately one-third the price of most store-bought window cleaning sprays, a bottle of homemade glass cleaner costs about $1.50 on average. It's easy to whip up a glass cleaning solution at home using things you already have in your kitchen pantry.

In addition to saving money, making your own is better for the environment. You'll save space in landfills and money on gasoline by reusing bottles you'd have bought at the shop. It's also better for the environment since it's prepared with natural components like distilled white vinegar. Streak-free, glossy windows may be achieved with ease and safety with a homemade glass cleaner.

There are 3 ways you can use to create a homemade glass cleaner.

Alternative no. 1

Vinegar and Water

The first alternative can be found in your kitchen. This natural alternative is less likely to leave stains and is easily customized and made.

What you need:

Spray Bottle (20-ounce or more)

Measuring cups

Microfiber cloth (optional)


2 cups distilled water

1/2 cup vinegar

Combine the two ingredients in the spray bottle and gently shake to mix the ingredients well. To lessen the sour odor of the vinegar, you can use essential oil and put at least 10 drops or use lemon for a fresher scent.

Alternative no. 2

Rubbing Alcohol, Water, and Vinegar

Removing water stains from glass surfaces is much more accessible by adding rubbing alcohol to this method. Please remember that alcohol is flammable; therefore, it should be appropriately stored and out of reach of children.

What you need:

Spray Bottle (20-ounce or more)

Measuring cups

Microfiber cloth (optional)


1 cup distilled water

3 tbsp. white vinegar

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

Mix everything in a big measuring cup or a bowl, then fill the bottle using a funnel. Close it tightly and shake it well. This alternative is non-toxic, as the alcohol and vinegar help disinfect the surfaces without chemicals. Look for "made from grain" on the label for optimal results.

Alternative no. 3

Cornstarch, Essential oil, Alcohol, and Water

If the smell of vinegar bothers you, then this alternative is the right one for you, as it does not contain vinegar and has cornstarch.

What you need:

Spray Bottle (20-ounce or more)

Measuring cups

Microfiber cloth (optional)


1 cup hot water

4 tbs. cornstarch

10-15 drops of essential oil

1 cup rubbing alcohol

In a cup, mix hot water and cornstarch properly until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Transfer the dissolved mixture into the bottle using a funnel, add the rubbing alcohol and drops of essential oil, and mix thoroughly.

Essential oils with citrus scents are preferable, such as orange or lemon. Essential oils of orange and lemon are known to be degreasers and germ killers, respectively. In addition, cornstarch also serves as a streak-free degreaser.

Safety Consideration

You may label the spray container with big, legible lettering using a marker for safety reasons. You can tell whether a combination is too old to function by writing down what's in it and when it was prepared. Keep it out of the way of your other cooking supplies to prevent a mix-up.


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