Homemade window washing solutions

June 23, 2008

For 30 years I’ve been saving money when washing windows by making my own window cleaning solution.

For washing inside windows Aunt Elaine gave me this thrifty tip years ago and it works great; in an ice cream bucket half full of warm water add 2-3 drops of liquid dish soap. Use a damp sponge to wash the windows and a piece of newspaper to dry them (the glossy ads will not work.) Your hands will get gray from the ink on the newspaper, but your windows will shine with no streaking!  I’ve also seen recipes where you can add 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to the water.

Here’s a recipe for washing outside windows, and the kids can help! Wet down a window with the garden hose, then wash with the window cleaner solution.


1/2 gallon warm water

1 Tablespoon liquid ‘Jet Dry’

2-3 Tablespoons laundry or dishwasher detergent

Mix above ingredients. Brush or sponge onto window, then immediately hose off window; water will sheet off, no drying necessary.

One Response to “Homemade window washing solutions”

  1. mary walker Says:

    I used the above window cleaner recipe and oh my goodness my windows look so fabulous. I hate cleaning the outside of my windows but this made it an absolute breeze. Thank you.

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