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How to use Vinegar for Windows

How to  use Vinegar for Windows

When I wash the windows with vinegar I get streaks. What am I doing wrong?

Oddly enough, it was the task of cleaning windows that turned a huge number of well-intentioned, environmentally friendly consumers away from nontoxic cleaning using the simple ingredients that can be found in most kitchen cupboards. Around Earth Day 1990, every newspaper in the country (or so it seemed), offered tips for cleaning in ways that didn’t harm the planet, and the recommendation for windows was almost always to clean them with nothing but vinegar and water. People by the thousands tried this, and many swore off cleaning with homemade products for good because the formula left streaks on their windows. (I wish I had $1 for every time someone has said to me, “Well, I tried nontoxic cleaning and it didn’t work. I used vinegar to clean my windows… .”)

The problem was that the commercial window cleaner used before the switch to vinegar left a very fine wax residue. The vinegar alone wasn’t enough to remove it, and the result was streaky windows. If instead, everyone had added a dab of liquid dish soap to the vinegar and water, the wax would easily have been removed and the windows would have been cleaned perfectly! My favorite recipe is to combine 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of
white distilled vinegar, and up to 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent in a spray bottle. That\’s all there is to it. (Make sure to label the bottle and keep it out of the reach of children.)

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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12:54AM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

Cheers Annie :)

7:38AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Thank you for this good info..

5:22AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

I was actually an adult before I realised that there even WERE commercially available glass cleaning products! Half a pint of distilled vinegar in half a bucket of water, with a squirt of dish soap will clean all the windows of my house inside & out. Use a cloth dipped in the bucket then wrung out to clean the windows then dry them with old newspaper. It doesn't take any longer than doing them any other way, it's not even harder work. :-)

12:39PM PDT on Aug 21, 2013


10:55AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

Thank you!

1:00PM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

I tend to use malt vinegar. Yes it has a little more of a smell but it helps to repel flies in the summer.

11:53AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Thank you.

2:15AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Thanks heaps for this advice.

4:43AM PDT on Jul 28, 2013


2:42PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Thanks for the recipe :))) I'll try this one !

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