No Streak Homemade Window Cleaner

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It’s a fact of life that if you have kids, you are going to have toothpaste splattered mirrors, fingerprint covered windows, and glass doors that get so grimy you can barely see through them. Maybe that last one just applies at our house. I swear that my young kids just see glass doors as a canvas that must be covered with anything gooey, sticky, or drippy that they can get their hands on. Drives me bonkers. We have three sets of French doors at our house, so I always have a door that needs to be cleaned! This no-streak homemade window cleaner is the best I’ve tried!No- Streak Homemade Glass Cleaner- the best!

I never found a commercial window cleaner that worked amazingly well and was also affordable. So I went on the hunt for a homemade window cleaner recipe. I’ve tried several over the years, but I always come back to this one. I’ve tried ones with vinegar, ones with cornstarch, ones with Borax . . . they had all natural ingredients, but they didn’t work that well for me.

This one cuts through grease and grime, and evaporates so quickly that it doesn’t streak. Perfect every time!

I found this recipe years ago in a cleaning book I checked out of the library. It was originally made in a gallon sized jar, but I got tired of having to store an extra bottle, so I adjusted the amounts so that you can mix it right in your spray bottle. Much more handy. You’re welcome. 🙂

No Streak Homemade Window Cleaner

1/2 cup clear, non-sudsy ammonia
1 1/2 cups rubbing alcohol
2 tsp. dish soap
2 cups water (approximately)
Pour ammonia, rubbing alcohol, and dish soap into a 32 ounce spray bottle. Shake lightly to disperse dish soap. You don’t want it to fill up with bubbles or you have to let it sit for a few minutes. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water. That’s it!

-Make sure you use the clear, non-sudsy ammonia, not the heavy duty stuff, or you will get streaks.
-I like to use microfiber cloths to clean my windows and glass because they don’t leave lint behind.


  1. Wow wonderful home made cleaner,Results are unexpectedly very nice.I am looking something for mirror cleaning.It works amazingly.Thank you very much for posting!

  2. You’ve discovered a wonderful budget-sensitive option in this recipe. It’s good to hear this streak-free option has been worth returning to, time and again.

  3. Sue Erskine says

    Thank you for that homemade window cleaner… Not Spring over here…It is Autumn.. but after a hot summer and rain and wind, plus big windows, mine definitely need to be done.. Will give this a try..Thanks again

  4. Does it make a difference what kind of dish soap you use?

    • I have always used Dawn, so I’m not sure. If you want to try another brand, just make sure it isn’t one that says it makes hands softer. I’m pretty sure the lotion in those would cause streaking.

  5. The glass cleaner really sounds interesting. I was looking for some stuff that would help me clean glass with ease. Might as well try this one.

  6. I can’t wait to try this. I have yet to find a homemade glass cleaner I like. This looks like it works. Pinning now.

  7. I am going to have to try this! I have been trying to get all chemicals out of our house and I have most cleaners homemade but haven’t done Windex yet. Thanks for sharing.

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