Natural homemade streak-free glass cleaner

Updated February 21, 2017

Cleaning windows is a chore no one enjoys doing, but having clean, streak-free windows makes a home bright and welcoming. Commercial window cleaners are not always on hand, and they can be expensive. You can make your own homemade, streak-free window cleaner with natural ingredients that aren't hazardous to your health or the environment. Many of the substances you need are already in your cabinets and take just a moment or two to mix. Try any one of these natural, homemade recipes for streak-free windows the next time you find yourself out of commercial window cleaner.

Pour 591ml. of warm water into a large spray bottle

Add 2 tbsp of white vinegar to the bottle.

Shake well to mix.

Spray windows, section by section, wiping the solution with newspapers.

Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle

Add 2 tbsp of isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Mix well.

Spray onto windows, and wipe with clean cloths or newspaper.

Pour ½ cup ammonia into 1 gallon of warm water.

Add 2 tbsp of cornstarch

Pour in ½ cup vinegar. Mix well.

Pour into spray bottle.

Spray windows section by section, wiping with cloths as you go.

Add 2 tbsp of ammonia to 1 quart of water.

Mix well. Fill spray bottle

Spray windows and wipe with clean cloths or newspapers. Microfiber cloths also work well for cleaning windows.

Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice to a quart of water.

Pour into spray bottle.

Spray windows. Wipe with cloths or newspaper until windows sparkle.


Choose a mild, cloudy day to wash your windows. If the weather is too sunny, the sunshine will dry the cleaner too quickly in spots creating streaks. Use only the black-and-white sections of the newspaper, not coloured pages. For particularly grimy windows, you can add a few drops of dishwashing liquid, according to MrsCleanUSA. Commercial windows can leave a waxy residue on windows that will have to be removed before natural cleaners will work without streaking, according to HouseLogic. If you use a ladder to do wash windows, ask for help from a friend or family member to steady the ladder while you work.


Do not use an excessive amount of ammonia which can etch glass, making it look cloudy. Wear rubber gloves to protect skin from harsh household chemicals. Those who family members who are sensitive to fumes from newsprint ink should not use newspaper as a cleaning wipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Cornstarch
  • Ammonia
  • Lemon juice
  • Spray bottle
  • Newspapers
  • Clean cloths
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Rubber gloves
  • Ladder
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