Homemade Glass Cleaner

Glass cleaner is one of the easiest homemade cleaners to make.  Everyone has windows in their house, or at least I hope.  So everyone can use homemade glass cleaner.   Making your own spray glass cleaner can save you several dollars per bottle, and homemade glass cleaner is much better for the environment.  Here are some of my favorite recipes.

Perfect Glass Cleaner Recipe

To make this natural glass cleaner, combine the following ingredients into a spray bottle:
  • 4 tablespoons ammonia
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 drop of blue food coloring to make it look store bought (optional)
If you have hard water like I do, it works best to use distilled water.

Shower Glass Cleaner Recipe

Showers can provide several extra problems related to the shower glass.  Those problems include both mold and mildew and hard water deposits.  I use this modified recipe for tough shower glass.
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 quart water
Vinegar is great at breaking down hard water and soap scum stains.  It is also good at fighting mold and mildew because it is acidic.  You can actually use this as a cheap alternative to the daily shower sprays.

Homemade Anti Fog Glass Cleaner Recipe
For the bathroom mirrors and as a final touch to the shower doors, I use this anti-fog glass cleaner:
  • 2 tablespoons ammonia
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 drop dish soap
  • 1 quart water

How to Properly Use Homemade Glass Cleaner

For best results use a high quality spray bottle, one with a variable spray pattern works best.  I usually buy cheap spray bottles at the dollar store. After you have mixed your cleaner you are ready to get started. Be sure to spray the surfaces thoroughly.  The dirtier the glass the more cleaner you will need to use.  I like to use the finest mist setting of the spray bottle to keep the cleaner from becoming too runny.  After it has sat there for about 10 seconds, I use two separate clean towels, usually microfiber cloths. With one in each hand, I use one for washing and the other for the final drying.  Rub in circles to help reduce streaks.  Don't use paper towels as they can leave lint.

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