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How to Make Homemade Streak-Free Window Cleaner

Let me show you how quick and easy it is to make your own window cleaner, right at home!

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Why Make your Own Window Cleaner?

A few years back when I was pregnant with our third baby, I decided to ditch the store bought cleaners and make up my own with ingredients that I keep under my kitchen sink: vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and cornstarch – with these household staples, a great cleaner is just a couple of steps away!

I did this for a few reasons.

#1. We live real rural which meant I would have to drive a while until I found a store with windex.

#2. I like knowing what I am cleaning with. I really don’t have time for things not to be hearty and tough around here!

#3. Because I knew exactly what was in this window cleaner, the kids could handle the spring window cleaning! Perfect for getting their toothpaste spit off of the bathroom mirror 🙂

I used these ingredients in my original All-Purpose Household Cleaner and Disinfectant but wanted a way to get my windows and mirrors super, streak free without the dawn dish soap that I use in the other recipe.

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Why You’ll Love This Cleaner

  • Use fewer ingredients, taking up less space under your kitchen sink.
  • It’s so reassuring to know just what is in the cleaner you are spraying around your house!
  • This window cleaner is safe for anyone to use, even kids!

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An Ingredient Rundown

Vinegar: The acid components in vinegar will break down dirt, film, and whatever else accumulates on your windows

Rubbing Alcohol: It’s purpose is to kill the bacteria on your windows and other surfaces.

Cornstarch: Cornstarch is the thickest ingredient and the only dry ingredient in this recipe. Because of this, cornstarch serves it’s purpose as a gentle yet abrasive component that will effectively remove dirt and other substances off of your windows.

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How to make your own Window Cleaner



  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch


  • Mix all ingredients together, whisking in the corn starch.
  • Add all ingredients to a spray bottle.
  • Spray windows and glass and wipe with paper towels.

Homemade Window Cleaner

Tips about this cleaner

  • You can make up a big jug of this and keep it under your sink for quick an easy refills. We refill our window cleaner about every couple of weeks.
  • Keep a little plastic bottle of this solution in each of the farm trucks and tractors with a roll of paper towels. This way everyone can safely see through mirrors and windows!
  • Let the kids help out! Spring and fall is the time when we do a good window washing and the kids love to help with this
  • Print out this recipe and tape to the inside of your kitchen cabinet for quick reference!

How to Make Homemade Window Cleaner- the Video!

Printable Recipe Card

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Homemade Window Cleaner

Tough Window Cleaner using everyday household Ingredients!


  • 1 Jar for Mixing
  • 1 Spray Bottle
  • 1 Whisk


  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch


  • Mix all ingredients together, whisking in the corn starch.
  • Add all ingredients to a spray bottle.
  • Spray windows and glass and wipe with paper towels.

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Questions People are asking about Homemade Window Cleaner

What do you use to wipe the window cleaner off of the window?

I just use paper towels. This seems to get things super shinny and clean without leaving streaks.

Can you use essential oils in this window cleaner?

I don’t know why not. I haven’t tried this, but you could certainly give it a shot!

It’s homemade, but is it tough?

YES! Again, I really don’t have time for things not to be hearty and tough around here, so I wouldn’t have recommended this recipe if it wasn’t up to my standards of cleaning! 😉

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