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The Best Window Cleaner

The Best Window Cleaner

A little dab of this and that from your kitchen cupboard will provide you with the best window cleaner!

Around Earth Day 1990, many newspapers offered recipes for non-toxic cleaning with the basics we all have in our kitchen cupboards, and the recipe was just plain vinegar and water with the option of drying the windows with old newspapers.

People by the thousands tried this but ended up swearing off cleaning with homemade recipes because the formula left streaks on their windows. Unfortunately, the commercial products they had used for so many years had left a wax buildup and vinegar alone wouldn’t do the job of removing the residue.

The good news though: Adding a dab of dish soap to the vinegar and water will remove the buildup.

Make a great all-purpose window cleaner by combining 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend and spray on your windows!

Here are 9 other great uses for vinegar in the home!

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

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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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3:18PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Always use a vinegar mixture & crumpled up newspaper

3:34AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

I always use the vinegar and old newspaper

1:14PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014


1:00AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

I use hot water, vinegar and a squirt of washing up liquid. Squeegee off excess water and polish up with newspaper. Nice shiny windows.

11:45PM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

Nice post you shared about window cleaning. The process that you uses such as vinegar and water for cleaning the windows are perfect and the additional option of old news paper is really good because by using of that no scratches are there.

2:22AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

I second greenplanet e., the soap would need to be rinsed off yes?

7:40PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Vinegar, would be touted on late night TV, as a miracle cleaner.

If it wasn't so cheap, & common.

9:59PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Thanks for sharing this type of blog. i will use vinegar and other cleaning products for window cleaning .

6:14AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014


2:36PM PDT on Jun 28, 2014


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