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DIY Homemade Window Cleaner

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DIY Homemade Window Cleaner for less! Learn how to make your own homemade window cleaner using white vinegar and Dawn Dishwashing Liquid.

In my living room, we have a 16 foot wall that is stone halfway up and mirror the other half. I’m not crazy about it, but it came with the house. The mirror does make the living room seem much larger. In fact, we had some friends over visiting one day and their four year old little boy was looking up in the mirror and asked, “How do we get to that room?” Cute, right? We all laughed and explained it was just a mirror.

Well, the mirror is attached to the wall above the fireplace and when we use the fireplace in the winter, the glass has a tendency to become a little dusty. It has to be cleaned often because I just can’t stand seeing the smoke/dust/streaks on the glass. We also have an enclosed sort of three-season front porch that is all glass. It, too, has to be cleaned several times a year because of dust, weather, fingerprints and dog nose prints.

Is Homemade Window Cleaner Really THAT Good?

I’ve always been a Windex girl and haven’t found any product, in my opinion, that cleans as well as Windex. Well, I decided there must be a better (or I’d settle for as-good-as) and less expensive way to clean all this glass.

I did some research for home recipes. Tried quite a few different recipes and ended up with what I’m sharing with you today. It really is THAT good!

When you see how easy it is to create this recipe and how well it cleans, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try to make homemade window cleaner sooner!

Homemade Window Cleaner

Supplies Needed

Although I will list the exact quantities in the following how-to card, below is a list of the supplies you’ll need to DIY your own homemade window cleaner.

*If you use a spray bottle that has the ounce measuring on the side, you can totally skip the measuring cup and pour your vinegar and dishwashing liquid directly in the spray bottle.

Window Cleaner Recipe


You simply combine the ingredients into an empty spray bottle. Then shake to mix. That’s it. That’s the whole recipe!

I actually made an entire bucket of homemade window cleaner and used my sponge/squeegee, being sure to dry off the squeegee between wipes.

DIY Homemade Window Cleaner

DIY Window Cleaner

Yield: 1 bottle
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make your own own window cleaner by combining just a couple of ingredients and water. You'll save money and have the best window cleaner!


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dawn original dishwashing liquid


  • measuring cup
  • spray bottle


  1. Pour water and vinegar into a plastic or glass spray bottle.
  2. Add the teaspoon of Dawn to the bottle.
  3. Gently shake to mix.

To Use:

  1. Shake well before each use.
  2. Spray onto glass surface.
  3. Wipe off with a paper towel or lint-free cloth.


For really dirty windows, use warm water.

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I hope I have convinced you to give this recipe for Window Cleaner a try. I know I was skeptical at first, but it really works!

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Alison @ Tickling the Wheat

Sunday 24th of July 2016

I'm going to try this recipe! I use Dawn and vinegar (equal parts in a spray bottle) to clean my tub and shower. It's amazing!

Pamela Baker

Monday 15th of August 2016

Alison, I use Dawn and vinegar solution to clean my bathroom as well. Just love the results!


Friday 26th of June 2015

This is awesome! I never would've thought to make my own! Thanks so much for sharing. Have an awesome weekend!

Pamela Bennett

Friday 26th of June 2015

Thanks, Cristi! And thanks for stopping by. Hope your weekend is great as well!


Thursday 25th of June 2015

Wow! Such a simple solution. I need to try this!!!

Pamela Bennett

Friday 26th of June 2015

It is really simple and works like magic! Hope you give it a try!


Thursday 25th of June 2015

I use this in my shower for easy clean up but never thought to try it on glass! You just saved me from having to grab another cleaner! Thanks Pam!!

Pamela Bennett

Friday 26th of June 2015

You're so welcome! I think you'll love the results!

Brandy VanDeKop

Thursday 25th of June 2015

Yep... I'm giving this a try! :)

Pamela Bennett

Thursday 25th of June 2015

Brandy, I'm sure you'll be as pleased with the results as I was!

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