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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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3:45PM PDT on Apr 7, 2014


8:13AM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

Irene, the ratio of dish soap is so small in comparison to the other 2 ingredients that you won't have suds. I've used this for yrs now and it's a great alternative to cleaning mirrors and windows

1:29PM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Didn't feel like running to the store for just window cleaner, made this added a drop of blue food color, works awesome!

3:12AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

But if you add soap to the vinegar/ water mixture, how do you remove the foam then? Commercial window-cleaners (and I use both ordinary and eco-friendly) don't leave foam, so you only need a piece of cloth to dry the cleaner. Wouldn't the soap option requiere extra water, cloth and time to be effective?

7:25PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

Thank you.

10:00AM PST on Feb 24, 2014

The best? Or just the cheapest?

6:51PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

Thanks, I always use vinegar but will try adding the dish soap.

1:33PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

I usually use vinegar, its trying to get the chips to stick to the window that's hard..

8:17PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

Thank-you for posting this tidbit of info. Now I just have to find someone who does windows! : )

12:09PM PST on Feb 14, 2014

a great idea, thank you

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