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.
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Things you need
- Lemon juice
- Spray bottle
- Clean cloths
- Microfiber cloths
- Rubber gloves
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.
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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