Homemade Window Cleaner With White Vinegar: Recipe and Instructions

man wipes down outside window with DIY white vinegar in spray bottle

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  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 cups
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $5

These days, harsh chemical cleaners are so passé. A natural, eco-friendly cleaner exists for almost everything under the sun, and your windows are no exception.

You can clean windows with vinegar for a streak-free shine using natural ingredients. All you need is vinegar, warm water, your favorite liquid dish soap, and the essential oil of your choice for scent.

What You'll Need


  • Spray bottle
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Reusable cloth or newspaper


  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of liquid castile soap
  • A few drops of essential oils
  • 2 cups of warm water


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  1. Mix Ingredients

    In the spray bottle, combine white vinegar and liquid castile soap. Swirl gently to combine.

    Pour the warm water into the solution and shake vigorously to combine. You do not have to heat the water for this window washing solution. As long as it is warm from the tap, the other ingredients will easily dissolve in it.

  2. Add Essential Oils

    While vinegar is an amazing natural cleaner, it doesn't have the most appealing smell. Add a fresh scent using essential oils.

    Lemon and lavender essential oils are good choices because they will leave your home smelling fresh and clean, but the choice is yours.

    Add anywhere from 5 to 15 drops of essential oil into the spray bottle. Screw on the spray bottle top and shake gently.

    Be sure to label the bottle and list the solution's ingredients.

  3. Clean Your Windows

    Commercial window cleaners often leave an invisible film on mirrors and windows. The combination of vinegar and castile soap in this homemade window cleaner recipe will cut through the film and leave no residue behind.

    The best way to clean windows naturally is to use reusable cloths or old newspapers with your homemade window cleaner.


If you don't have vinegar on hand or don't care for the smell, make homemade window cleaner with lemon juice instead. Lemon juice has a mild acidity that allows it to cut through the grime on your mirrors just as well as vinegar. For an even stronger lemon scent, add a few drops of lemon essential oil.

What to Use Instead of Paper Towels

Disposable, single-use products are an unnecessary source of trash in most households. Here are a few options for eco-friendly cloths to clean windows with:

  • Old cotton t-shirts or flannel shirts
  • Dish towels, napkins, and tea towels
  • Pieces of fabric cut from an old sheet or pillowcase
  • Old newspaper
Originally written by
Chanie Kirschner
Chanie Kirschner is a writer, advice columnist, and educator who has covered topics ranging from parenting to fashion to sustainability.
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