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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Nimue Pendragon

Cheers Annie :)

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T4 years ago

Thank you for this good info..

Kate Raymond
Past Member 4 years ago

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. :-)

Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


Judy Apelis
Judy A4 years ago

Thank you!

Wendy G.
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda4 years ago

Thanks heaps for this advice.

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se4 years ago


Gabriela Baldaia
Gabriela Baldaia4 years ago

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