Homemade Glass Cleaner

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I ran out of Windex cleaner for the mirrors in the bathroom.  I could run out quickly and get some but it’s cold and I hate to run an errand for only one or two items.  So, I’m making a glass cleaner to clean the mirrors.  Glass cleaner is not that expensive to purchase, but I found out that it’s not that expensive to make, either.  Plus, when you’re in a pinch, you can easily make it at home with products that you probably have at home already.  It’s simple and easy to make.  People have various ways of making the cleaner, but I like this recipe.


  • 1 bottle of rubbing alcohol (16 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid
  • 2  1/2 cups of water
  • spray container (I’m using an empty 32 oz Windex bottle)


Homemade Glass Cleaner

Pour the entire bottle of alcohol into the spray container.  I’m using a green colored Wintergreen alcohol.  The original contents of the glass cleaner was green-colored, so I’m sticking with that color.  I want to also mention that this is a 32 oz container.

Homemade Glass Cleaner

I wanted to mention that before I used the container, I rinsed it out.  Notice the suds inside of the container.  I realized that, yep, it had some type of soap in the Windex cleaner.  This makes sense because you have to clean the mirror and you need some type of cleaning substance.  So, I’m happy to add the dishwashing liquid.

Homemade Glass Cleaner

Pour the dishwashing liquid into the container with the alcohol.

Homemade Glass Cleaner

Fill the remainder of the container with water.

Homemade Glass Cleaner

Use some type of object to stir the ingredients just a little.  Try not to stir too vigorously.  You don’t want it to become too foamy that it will cause a problem spraying.

Homemade Glass Cleaner


Homemade Glass Cleaner

Now, take a look at this mirror.  Yep, this is a mirror inside my house that belongs to my teenage/preteen girls.  Trust me, when I say that they were totally thrilled that I told them that I was making a homemade glass cleaner and would clean the mirror in their bathroom.

Homemade Glass Cleaner

Spray on cleaner.  Don’t spray too much.  You don’t want to soak it too much.  Wipe with a paper towel and it will look fantastic! I love the scent of the wintergreen smell from the alcohol.  I must say that this definitely cleans better than the ones I buy.  It’s a keeper! Now, on to the mirror in my bathroom.  Another homemade item that I can mark off my list….

Have you tried making this homemade item, yet?


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  1. Amazing!!! I am really grateful for your post.

  2. how to make a homemade glass cleaner

  3. I love homemade cleaners. If it works better than store bought, I’m sold! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  4. I really need to use these tips. This would save me so much money!

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  5. I have been researching making my own cleaning products. This is so easy!! Pinning this 🙂
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  6. This is the best thing I read all day! I love it, I am going to try this for sure.

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  7. I love this, I’m always looking for greener products that actually work. Great blog post.
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  8. How simple – I LOVE it! Thanks for the tip, I may never buy regular glass cleaner again. I bet I could scent mine with lavender oil. Hmmmm, lol. #SITSBlogging
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  9. I have never made any homemade cleaning products, but have the instructions for a couple. It seems like a great way to save money and oft times they are more environmentally friendly.
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  10. I have not made any homemade cleaning products, but I’ll keep this mind. I also use old newspapers for the mirrors. it gets them to really shine 🙂
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  11. Thanks for sharing this! With a 4.5yo and cat, I have a LOT of finger and nose prints on my windows. Will have to give your recipe a try. Sounds like it smells a lot better than the store bought stuff.
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  12. Very nice, and the green color is pretty too!! This is a nice cleaning tip to share.

  13. I love making my own cleaners, it is cheaper and less chemicals. Great job with your glass cleaner. I use blue or clear 🙂
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  14. This looks so easy and cheap too. I have to try this.
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  15. Great idea! I have been using a vinegar/water combo to clean my glass, this sounds like it will smell much nicer, I will give it a try! #SITSBlogging
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    • Hi Sabra! I didn’t try the vinegar and water combo because I didn’t want to smell vinegar when I entered the bathroom. This one has such a nice scent when you’re cleaning the mirrors. Loving it…

  16. Im about two sprays away from running out of windex, so it must be fate that I read this blog post!! I am definitely going to try this recipe out in the future.


  17. Love this idea! I’m trying to cut back this year on our spending and living more simple throughout the year. This Glass Cleaner recipe is exactly what I need! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    • Hi Stacey! This is a favorite of my DIY homemade items. I’ve been working on cutting our spending for awhile and this is another item I can check off our list to not purchase.

  18. This is a great idea – I’m going to try it. I’m always looking for ways to clean with fewer chemicals.
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  19. Nice!! This is great! Pinning it 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Countdown in Style 🙂
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  20. great blog! so glad i found you. #SITSBlogging


  21. This post came at the perfect time for me. I stopped using harsh cleaning products the past few years, but window cleaner can be a hard one to find that still does a good job. Going to give it a try for sure!
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  22. Well, that certainly sounds simple enough! I love the idea of using the wintergreen scented alcohol, I love the “clean” smell of commercial cleaners even though I know they’re full of bad stuff.
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  23. I will have to start making this. I love making my own things for the home. Awesome!
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  24. I have never ever managed to get my glass very clean but it might be because I am using the wrong cleaner.
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  25. I have seen this before and always wondered if it actually worked. Thanks for posting, I will have to try this! #SITSblogging
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  26. Nice, now I don’t have to buy Windex.
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  27. I actually use water alone to clean my windows, with the help from my Enviro cloth from Norwex. Shiny, clean, clear and never have to worry if you left some residue on the windows. This is a great alternative! Thanks for linking up with Countdown in Style. I would love if you would come by on Friday to see if you were featured!
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  28. I have never seen this recipe for window cleaner before. I will be making it up for sure! Thanks!

  29. This is a different recipe from the one I use. I just use vinegar and water and recently I added a little cornstarch 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured!
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  30. Oh my goodness! I NEVER would have thought to do that, and you make it look so easy that I think even I could do it (and I hate to clean!) #SITSBlogging

  31. thanks for the idea…I will definitely use this,seems it is easy to make by mixing the all ingredients!
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  32. What a great idea. I prefer this over the smelly vinegar recipe I’m currently trying to use up.
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    • Hi Deauna! I was going to try the vinegar kind but then I realized that I wouldn’t want to smell vinegar while I’m in the bathroom. But, I love this one…

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