How to Make Your Own Windex Outdoor Window Cleaner

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.

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

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.

Stir the mixture well with your gloved hand.


Ammonia is available on the cleaning aisle of discount and grocery stores. It comes in sudsing and non-sudsing formulas. Pour the mixture into clean, plastic spray bottles. This mixture is also effective in cleaning inside windows, mirrors,faucets and other items in your home. Spray the mixture onto your outside windows. Wash the windows with the cleaning cloth and use a squeegee to remove any remaining moisture.


Avoid washing the windows on a sunny, hot day. This allows the mixture to dry quickly and may cause streaking.

Things You'll 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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Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.