Homemade Cleaning Recipes - Window Cleaning Formulas

There are lots of homemade cleaning recipes for cleaning window glass.

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Below is a list of some of the most popular ones that work.

In addition, below that is a discussion of ingredients you should NOT combine when making your own homemade window cleaner.

Ammonia Recipe:


  • 1/2 cup ammonia
  • Gallon of warm water

Ammonia And Alcohol Recipe:


  • 1/2 cup ammonia
  • 1 pint rubbing alcohol
  • Add enough additional water to make 1 gallon

Optional ingredient:

Some recipes using ammonia and alcohol also call for adding 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent. If you wish to add this, be careful because if you add too much it will cause streaking.

A Word Of Caution Regarding Ammonia And Aluminum

When ammonia contacts aluminum it causes damage to the metal.

Therefore, be careful when using any type of ammonia based homemade cleaning products in an area where the window frame, mirror frame, etc., is made of aluminum.

Vinegar Recipe:


  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 1 part hot water

(Click here to learn more about cleaning windows with vinegar.)

Plain Old Warm Water Recipe:

If you really don't want to go to too much hassle, AND if your windows aren't too dirty, you can use 100% warm water.

The advantages include that is it cheap, very environmentally friendly, and doesn't take too much effort to make.

In addition, there should be no streaks from the cleaning solution, even if you are washing windows on a sunny day.

On the other hand, if your windows aren't that dirty, why are you bothering to wash them in the first place?

What You Should Not Combine When Creating Homemade Cleaning Recipes For Your Window Cleaning

If vinegar is good, and ammonia is good too, wouldn't they be great together?

Actually no. In this instance adding these two window cleaners together will not make an even more awesome cleaner.

The reason -- ammonia is an alkali while vinegar is acidic. They just would tend to neutralize each other.

In addition, as always when mixing cleaning products, be careful to never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia, vinegar, or any substances that may contain them because this will create toxic fumes.

Once You Make Your Homemade Window Cleaning Solution What Is The Next Step?

Click here to learn how to clean windows, including a how-to video.

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