Window Cleaning

Window cleaning is one of those jobs that always sounds intimidating, but when you get into it, isn’t really that hard.

I make my own window cleaner – not because I’m anti-chemicals, not because I’m trying to be “green”, but just because I’m stingy (or should I say thrifty). I don’t see any point in buying expensive cleaning products when something cheaper does this job just as well.

My recipe is:
1 teaspoon dishwashing soap
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water

Mix it all together in a spray bottle, grab some newspaper and you’re ready to go.

So how do I go about cleaning the windows? I spray all over the window section to be cleaned, then catch drips and wet all the window with a piece of scrunched up newspaper. (Newspaper is the best thing to use as it doesn’t leave lint, although you will end up with black hands.) Give a bit of a rub (and maybe an extra spray) to any blobs of grime on the window. Then I grab a dry piece of newspaper and wipe down the window in sections, completely drying the window. You should have a clean, streak-free window.

Do you make your own window cleaner? What is your recipe? Do you have any other tips for window cleaning? Let me know in the comments!


  1. This sounds great! I usually just use plain vinegar, but I’m going to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I just use vinegar and water and have skipped using newspaper. Some old rags work without the icky ink on your hands. But vinegar is just the best. I use it for everything. I can’t remember when the time I purchased a normal cleanser. All the crap in them scare me.

  3. Great idea! I always have a hard time getting the spots off of my sliding glass shower door. I’ll give this a try. thanks for sharing!

  4. I find rags either leave lint or streaks, and don’t give as clean a finish as newspaper. Maybe I’m just using the wrong rags!

  5. This is a great recipe! I had always tried the vinegar and water, but never knew to put the dash of dish soap in it. It definitely helps mute the smell of the vinegar a little 🙂

    I also use a similar combo to clean my tile floors, except I add a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice to give it the lemon smell.

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