Homemade Glass and Window Cleaner

Stop staring out of a smudgy window! Use this easy-to-make and natural DIY cleaner for a better, clearer view!

And yes, it is easy to make. You probably already have all these ingredients in your cupboard and it contains no ammonia or harsh scent, so you know it won’t be detrimental to your family’s health. Look at the difference. Not only is it easy to make, it’s probably cheaper than buying a bottle of window cleaner at your local supermarket.



Homemade Glass and Window Cleaner


  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups warm water


Put all the ingredients into a clean spray bottle and shake to mix. Use as you would a commercial glass cleaner. Spray on glass and wipe dry with a clean cloth or newspaper.

I noticed that you really need to dry it in order for it to be streak free, but it is great at getting off goopy smudges (like toddler finger prints.)

I’m excited to try another recipe for outdoor windows that you just rinse away with the hose! Stay tuned for that one.

Important Note: For those of us who like to make homemade cleaners, never mix ammonia with bleach, or vinegar with bleach; they produce toxic vapors.



About Becky Nimoy

Becky Nimoy is a Southern California native, residing in the small but lively Los Angeles port town of San Pedro, along with her high school sweetheart and husband, two baby boys (ages 2 years and 2 months), and their 3 cats. When she can manage it (having two boys is rough!), she loves to draw, bake, repaint the rooms and work in the garden. In her spare time she and the boys like to explore the many parks that San Pedro has to offer and hike on the horse trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She is passionate about all things chocolate, eating organic as much as possible and using cloth diapers on her kids. She holds a B.S. in Art History from UCLA and a professional certificate in Interior Design through UCLA Extension. She freelances as an architectural draftsman and stationery designer.


  1. Using a cloth on your windows more often that not leaves streaks that are highly visible in sunlight. Newspaper is a better alternative, but a squeegee and specialised cleaning agent will lift stains much better than household tools.

  2. Love seeing these unique cleaning recipes. Good post 🙂

  3. Using a light gauge steel wool does wonders for cleaning off hard water deposits on glass.

  4. Gonna give this a try. Some of our residential window cleaning customers are requesting more “green” window cleaning formulations, and the ones are the market are pretty darn expensive. So this may be worth a shot. I’ll post back after we try it and let you know what we thought.

  5. Nice blog post, I never knew about the corn starch, I’ll have to give that a try. My wife and I are all about environmentally safe cleaning products and saving money too. Well, at lease I am, she likes to spend it, I didn’t say that! When cleaning exterior windows, alway remember, safety first especially when mixing chemicals and slippery when wet!

  6. does rain dirty your windows? No, most rain is cleaner than tap water, windowcleaningmelbourne.info recommends getting windows cleaned even in winter since rain will not dirty them after cleaning

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