One formula for homemade glass cleaner is 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. When placed in a new spray bottle and mixed, this formula is as effective as commercial glass cleaner. Consumers should always label homemade cleaners to prevent confusing the bottles.
For streak-free cleaning, the individual using this formula should start at the top of the glass and work toward the bottom. This process eliminates drips that mar the already clean windows.
Using a squeegee simplifies the process of window cleaning. The rubber edge eliminates the need to rewipe sections of the window. As an added bonus, a long-handled squeegee extends the reach.
A cotton swab is a good tool for cleaning the corners that are otherwise difficult to reach. The swab reaches residue that is often left behind when cleaning glass surfaces.
Some sprays damage woodwork. Spraying small amounts of the window cleaner at a time helps prevent damaging adjacent paint. The person cleaning the window should wipe any drips from the adjacent surfaces immediately.
Lint-free materials are essential for cleaning glass. Newspapers are a free option, but do not last long and get ink on the user’s hands. Old t-shirts are also lint-free and washable for reuse.