How to Make Your Own Windex Outdoor Window Cleaner

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How to Make Your Own Windex Outdoor Window Cleaner
A squeegee is a helpful tool when washing windows. (Choreograph/iStock/Getty Images)

Windex is a cleaning solution that is effective in cleaning and creating a shine on many surfaces of your home, including counter tops, mirrors, marble, ceramic tile and windows. The commercial product contains ammonia, detergents, solvents, alcohol and fragrance. You can make an effective substitute for the Windex by using common household ingredients. The homemade solution is just as effective in cleaning your indoor and outdoor window glass and other items as the commercial product. It is much less expensive and helps to promote green living by not having to dispose of the plastic container every time you need to purchase more Windex.

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Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Clean, plastic spray bottles
  • 1/2 cup sudsing household ammonia
  • 1 pt. household rubbing alcohol
  • Blue food colouring
  • Squeegee
  • Cleaning cloths

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  1. 1

    Pour 7 pts. of cool water -- 3 litres -- into a bucket.

  2. 2

    Add the sudsing ammonia and the rubbing alcohol to the bucket. Tint the mixture with one or two drops of blue food colouring, if you desire.

  3. 3

    Stir the mixture well with your gloved hand.

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