Easy Recipe for a Homemade Window Cleaner

Updated on March 26, 2023 by Joseph D. Nielson

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Here at Fresh Home Guide, we understand that window cleaning is an important part of maintaining the appearance of our home. However, store-bought products can be costly, and many of them contain harsh chemicals that may be harmful to our health or the environment.

That is why making your own window cleaner is a good option and the best way to get your windows gleaming without bringing toxic chemicals into your home. Continue reading to find out how simple it is to make and use a homemade window cleaner using only rubbing alcohol and water.

Benefits of using homemade window cleaners

Homemade window cleaners offer several benefits. To start, they are inexpensive, easy to make and use natural ingredients that are just as effective at cleaning windows as many commercial products.

Here’s what you need:

For this particular type of window cleaner, you will need rubbing alcohol and water. Rubbing alcohol is a natural solvent that easily cuts through dirt, grease and smudges from the glass surfaces in your home. 

It also reduces the amount of soap scum left behind after cleaning. The water helps to mix the ingredients into a solution and make sure the window cleaner is gentle on your windows. You will also need a spray bottle and a few clean microfiber cloths to apply and wipe off the solution.

Step-by-step Guide to Making Homemade Window Cleaner Using Rubbing Alcohol and Water

Gather the materials

Before you begin, make sure you have all the materials you need. 

Mix the ingredients

Now it’s time to mix the ingredients. Pour two cups of rubbing alcohol and one cup of water into a spray bottle. Secure the lid tightly and shake the bottle until the ingredients are fully blended.

1. Fill a spray bottle with one part rubbing alcohol and one part water

To begin creating your homemade window cleaner, fill a spray bottle with one part rubbing alcohol and one part water. Make sure to measure out the correct amount of each so that you get an even mixture. Secure the lid tightly to the bottle and shake it until the ingredients are fully blended together.

2. Shake to mix the solution together

Once the rubbing alcohol and water are combined in the spray bottle, shake it vigorously to ensure that they are properly mixed together. This will help to create a consistent solution that can be applied evenly over your windows.

3. Spray onto window surface

Once the solution is ready, it’s time to put it to work! Start by spraying the window cleaner onto the surface of your windows. Make sure to cover the entire window so that no dirt or streaks are left behind.

4. Wipe the windows clean with a microfiber cloth

Once the solution has been sprayed onto the windows, use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe away any dirt or streaks. Make sure to move your cloth in a circular motion and rub the glass until it is completely clean. Don’t forget to also wipe down the sides of your windows and window sills for an extra-sparkling finish.

5. Rinse and wipe dry for a streak-free shine

Finally, use a soft cloth or paper towel to rinse off any excess window cleaner from the glass surface. After rinsing the windows, wipe them down one more time with a clean microfiber cloth to remove any leftover moisture. This will help to ensure that your windows have a streak-free shine.

Take Away

Using a homemade window cleaner is an inexpensive and healthy way to clean your windows. With the step-by-step guide outlined above, you can easily make your own solution and keep your windows looking sparkling clean all year long!


Q: What type of cloth should I use?

A: Microfiber cloths are the best choice for cleaning windows, as they do not leave behind any lint or streaks. However, any soft cloth will work in a pinch.

Q: How often should I clean my windows with this solution?

A: It is recommended to clean your windows every two to three months with this homemade window cleaner. This will ensure that dirt and grime do not build up over time and make it more difficult to effectively remove.

Q: Is rubbing alcohol safe to use on all types of windows?

A: Yes, rubbing alcohol is safe to use on all types of windows, including wooden frames or painted frames. However, always test a small patch of the window before applying the solution to make sure it does not damage or discolor the surface.

Q: Are there any other ingredients that can be used?

A: White vinegar is another common ingredient used in homemade window cleaners and works just as effectively as rubbing alcohol. It is also safe to use on all types of windows. For an extra sparkle, you can also add a few drops of dish soap for added cleaning power.

Q: Is this recipe safe for everyone to use?

A: Yes, this homemade window cleaner is safe for everyone to use, including young children and pets. Always wear gloves when handling the mixture and ensure that it is kept out of reach of children.

Q: Is this solution safe for the environment?

A: Yes, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are natural and non-toxic, making it a safe and eco-friendly choice for window cleaning. It does not contain any harsh chemicals that can be harmful to the environment.

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About Joseph D. Nielson

Former journalist and editor for various press groups, I now dedicate my time to reviewing products for the home and family life. When I get time to myself, I enjoy rock climbing, taking my dirt bike for a rip, and most importantly providing my family with the best home possible!