Streak-Free Homemade Window Cleaner

Heather Dessinger

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Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe

Does your family’s bathroom mirror look like a Jackson Pollock painting? Mine is often spattered with homemade coconut oil soap and toothpaste, because apparently brushing teeth and washing hands can be contact sports if you try hard enough.

Fortunately, this inexpensive DIY window and glass cleaner delivers streak-free results. Because it’s so inexpensive and easy to make, I keep a spray bottle and pile of clean lint-free cloths under my kids’ sink (where it’s needed most) for easy cleaning.

We’ll get to the super easy recipe soon, but first you might be wondering . . . 

Why make DIY window cleaner?

Because unlike the most popular store-bought brand, which gets a “D” from the Environmental Working Group (or an “F” if you’re using the pre-made wipes), it’s made with safe, non-toxic ingredients.

However, when life gets busy and you don’t want to make your own, you don’t have to settle for the toxic stuff – this brand gets an “A” from EWG and actually works. 

Branch Basics also makes an excellent, non-toxic cleaning concentrate that can be used to make window cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, foaming hand wash, and laundry soap. You can find it here

Tips for Using Homemade Glass Cleaner

  • When cleaning windows, mirrors, shower doors, and other glass surfaces, always work from top to bottom
  • Use a lint-free cloth to prevent fuzz residue. Microfiber cloths work well but microfibers are too small to be filtered out by waste treatment plants, so they end up in our oceans and waterways.
  • If you have hard water stains on your shower doors, try spraying a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water on the area. Let is soak for 5-15 minutes before wiping, then clean with the homemade glass cleaner. Daily care with a squeegee also helps prevent buildup.
This homemade window cleaner creates a streak free-shine without all the additives in the most popular store-bought option, which gets a D from the EWG.
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Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe

This homemade glass cleaner creates a streak free-shine without all the additives in the most popular store-bought option, which gets a D from the EWG. Makes approximately 1.5 cups.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories
Author Heather Dessinger

Ingredients

Instructions

To Make

  • Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle.
  • Shake well to mix.

To Use

  • Shake before using.
  • Spray on surface and wipe with a lint-free cloth until clean.

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About HEATHER

Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding Mommypotamus.com in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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28 thoughts on “Streak-Free Homemade Window Cleaner”

  1. Thanks for a great alternative to chemical cleaners! I’m just curious about the purpose of the cornstarch/arrowroot? Wouldn’t a starch in the mix leave a film?

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    • Years ago I tested a bunch of different recipes on the internet, including a few which included cornstarch. I didn’t know what the purpose was, but I figured it was worth seeing how they performed against ones that didn’t include cornstarch. In my experience, the addition of cornstarch or arrowroot makes it easy to get a streak-free finish without giving yourself an arm/shoulder workout. 🙂 I think it may be that the powder helps to grab onto tiny oil deposits/residue on the glass that causes smears and lift them away without lots of effort.

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    • Hi Heather,
      Thanks for the information on the homemade window cleaner. I’ve been using a similar mix (minus the cornstarch/arrowroot) for a while and am pleased with the results. I’m curious, too, as to the purpose of the cornstarch. I do add a teaspoon or so of Branch Basics organic soap to my mix.

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      • In my experience, the addition of cornstarch or arrowroot makes it easy to get a streak-free finish without giving yourself an arm/shoulder workout. I think it may be that the powder helps to grab onto tiny oil deposits/residue on the glass that causes smears and lift them away without lots of effort.

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  2. Will try the window cleaner with corn starch but it will be hard to beat my favorite 2 cups water 1/2 cup of alcohol 1 tbs ammonia. I add a drop of blue food coloring into spray bottle. Also wipe off solution with newspaper

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  3. Thanks for your great recipes. I made this cleaner several times already. Its streak free for sure. Works great. Removes dirt.

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  4. Hi Heather! So happy to have come across your website and this post. I never would have thought of using arrowroot powder in the window cleaner. Absolutely genius. I really appreciate your focus on clean/non-toxic home solutions and love that you’ve obviously researched and implemented the tips you’re offering. Thanks again for this great info.

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  5. Hi Heather!! Love all you share on your blog!! Is it possible to sub tapioca starch for arrowroot? The latter is so much more expensive!! Thanks in advance!!

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  6. I ran out to buy a spray bottle to make this window cleaner. I added 2 drops of lemon oil to hide the alcohol smell and it works just great. thanks

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  7. 5 stars
    By far, the BEST window/glass/mirror/surface cleaner recipe I have EVER used!! The cornstarch really threw me off… but do not hesitate! My glass sparkles like crystal! (I say “glass” because after doing the windows, I cleaned EVERYTHING made of glass with this stuff, in my entire house!)

    I do not know the recipe creator, author or website owner! 🙂 I highly recommend, trust me, you’ll be addicted!

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  8. I use borax and dish soap in water to wash windows with little effort. Then I use a window glass polishing cloth to finish it off. Costs pennies and works like a hot damn.

    I like your alternative recipe too! Sounds like it would do the job on real messy windows.

    Thanks for all your information, its wonderful to hear of alternative methods.

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  9. Hi Heather! I also am very appreciative of all your research. Your article is the first I have read about microfibers ending up in our oceans. Does that mean you are not a fan of Norwex cloths? I believe they are microfibers.

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      • I have been using microfiber cloths in my cleaning business for 15 years. They are advertised as lint free but I can assure you they are not. They are when you are using them, but not when you wash them. They do break down over time and that plastic lint ends up in our water supply. The cheaper microfiber cloths will break down faster. I’m guessing the higher quality Norwex cloths will break down slower. It would be worth asking a Norwex rep about this.
        Regardless, I am slowly switching over to natural fiber cloths.
        I’m curious Heather, do you use cotton for your cleaning cloths?

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