Natural Glass and Window Cleaner

June 13, 2012

Natural Glass and Window Cleaner

I’ve tried all kinds of natural glass and window cleaners, and nothing works better than plain old vinegar and water!

I almost didn’t post this natural glass and window cleaner recipe because it is so easy and doesn’t really qualify as a “recipe”. But after speaking with some “green skeptic” friends this week who were not convinced that you could make effective natural cleaners that rivaled their toxic commercial counterparts, I thought it was worth posting this simple “vinegar and water” message to spread the word in the hopes that more people will give the “simple is best” approach a go.

A mixture of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 warm water is all you need to make glass surfaces, windows, and mirrors clear and sparkly. You will be amazed with the results! You can use a spray bottle or sponge the mixture onto the glass surface. Then take a sheet of newspaper to wipe clean. Alternatively, you can just use straight or diluted vinegar with newspaper for great results. For incredibly dirty surfaces I always wash with warm soapy water before applying the vinegar solution for the best results. To remove streaks from glass and mirrors use a soft cloth with undiluted vinegar.

You can also rinse your glassware in vinegar to make them sparkle! Just rinse thoroughly to remove any vinegar smell. I will often put all my glasses in the dishwasher with 1 cup of white vinegar, and then fill the soap and rinse compartment with vinegar and run it through a cycle for great results.
Vinegar is green, does not irritate the skin or aggravate allergies like many commercial cleaning products, and is as cheap as chips. You can pick up a huge container for a few dollars at any grocery store.

Vinegar has been produced commercially for over 2,000 years, so it is nothing new. There are many varieties of vinegar that have wonderful culinary uses. But for the purposes of cleaning, white vinegar (with about 5% acidity) is the most versatile. For those of you who find the strong smell of vinegar unpalatable, please know that the odor disappears in seconds once the vinegar dries. Trust me, give this super easy concoction a go. You will be pleasantly surprised.

What do you use to clean your glass?

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Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments!

Your feedback is really important to me, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.


Natural Glass and Window Cleaner

You will be amazed with the results of this vinegar and water solution!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Tess Masters



  1. Stir this together and put the mixture in a spray bottle (or you can sponge the mixture onto the glass surface). Then take a sheet of newspaper to wipe clean. You may need to wash extremely dirty surfaces with warm soapy water before applying vinegar for the best results. Straight or diluted vinegar rubbed on with newspaper is also very effective.  To remove streaks from glass and mirrors use a soft cloth with undiluted vinegar. Rinse glasses in vinegar to make them sparkle, then rinse thoroughly with water to remove vinegar smell.

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 22

  1. yep, same here!! Water, vinegar & newspapers make for perfectly clean windows & mirrors. It’s the getting-around-to-do-it that’s the hard part. 😉

  2. Trying out on baseboards but does work better to dry dust cobwebs first. They seem to get stickier when wet.

    1. Thanks Julia! That is a great tip.
      I have found that works best too.
      Thankyou so much for sharing your experience.

  3. For windows 100% cornflour dissolved in cold water works fantastically well. Just mix about one tablespoon of cornflour in a litre of cold water. Wet an old facewasher with this liquid, wipe the window, then dry down with a clean, dry, lint- free cloth. Sparkly! (note: it must be 100% cornflour and the water must be cold)

    1. Tammy – this is such an AMAZING tip.
      Thankyou SO much for sharing it with everyone. I have never tried this and am excited to give it a go when I get back from vacation!

  4. I use Norwex rags to clean my whole house. They work like magic even removing soap scum with just water and elbow grease. They are mostly sold at home parties and no I do not sell them.

    1. LOL! Thanks for sharing Stephanie. I really appreciate you taking the time to share this here and on Facebook. I am going to check the Norwex rags out!

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience Katie.
      I totally agree. Double winner – they work better and are so much cheaper. If you have any wonderful natural recipes or tips, please feel free to share.

    1. Thanks for sharing Nikki,
      Isn’t lavender oil AMAZING?!
      I use it as a perfume every day and burn it around the house. I just LOVE the smell and can’t get enough of it.

  5. I came across a way to clean windows in a book I have that’s all about making your own natural cleaning products….it’s simply to use club soda and a cotton rag!

    I was completely skeptical and thought it would make things sticky…but tried it anyway and couldn’t believe how shiny it made my mirrors, faucets, etc! I put it in a spray bottle and left it open for a few days to get rid of the carbonation, and the results are amazing! I’m sure the vinegar works as well…and it’s used in many cleaning recipes in the book…but I don’t like handling newspaper ink much…it’s really not good to do. Just thought I’d share!

  6. I make my windows cleaner using only vinegar, water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon baking soda. Actually, I use it for plenty of surfaces and it always works! As a mother of a baby girl, I really appreciate natural ingredients in the cleaning products. Thank you for your post! It is very helpful! Greets!

  7. I like to add lime juice to my mix of hot water and vinegar mix for some extra strength. It is also a good idea to let it soak first so you don’t have to scrub too much. Cheers!

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