Natural homemade streak-free glass cleaner

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Natural homemade streak-free glass cleaner
It's easy to make natural, homemade, streak-free window cleaners to keep your windows looking beautiful. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

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

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Instructions

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Add 2 tbsp of white vinegar to the bottle.

  3. 3

    Shake well to mix.

  4. 4

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

  1. 1

    Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle

  2. 2

    Add 2 tbsp of isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Mix well.

  3. 3

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

  1. 1

    Pour ½ cup ammonia into 1 gallon of warm water.

  2. 2

    Add 2 tbsp of cornstarch

  3. 3

    Pour in ½ cup vinegar. Mix well.

  4. 4

    Pour into spray bottle.

  5. 5

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

  1. 1

    Add 2 tbsp of ammonia to 1 quart of water.

  2. 2

    Mix well. Fill spray bottle

  3. 3

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

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Pour into spray bottle.

  3. 3

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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