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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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3:59PM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

Worth a try!

12:22AM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

Interesting article, thank you

2:29PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014


8:54PM PDT on Sep 12, 2014


3:54PM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

2:48AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Vinegar is the best !!

10:37PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

A handyman I use told me to put just TWO drops of Original Dawn - you have to look hard to find this - in one gallon of warm water (or one drop in two quarts) Then use a sponge/squeegee and it works like a charm. No streaks and no build-up.
I do like vinegar and water for my tile floors.

12:48AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Vinegar can also be used to clean the toilet, with baking soda.

12:47AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

One method used in our house is meths in water and old newspapers. But I hate it and prefer conventional glass cleaner.

9:23AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

I use only vinegar and water...

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