Things You'll Need
1-gallon container or bucket
Homemade window cleaners can be made with common household ingredients. Whether cleaning windows inside or outdoors, each of the cleaning solutions work to polish and remove debris from the surface. Homemade solutions are also safer than many store-bought cleaners because they do not contain harmful chemicals, which are toxic to inhale. The various recipes for cleaners below offer safe, cheap alternatives to popular brands while getting the job done at the same time.
Mix 2 cups of rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup of ammonia, 1 tsp. of liquid dish soap into a 1-gallon container or bucket. Fill the rest of the container with water and stir.
Alternatively, mix 2 cups of water and 3 tbsps. of vinegar with 1/2 tsp. of liquid dish soap.
Make another homemade solution by adding 1 gallon water and 1/4 cup vinegar to 1 tsp. of liquid dish soap.
Still another method is to mix 1 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 2 tbsps. of lemon juice with a squirt of liquid dishwashing soap.
Alternatively, mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water.
Finally, mix 2 tbsps. of cornstarch, 1/2 cup of household ammonia and 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. Stir until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
Pour your desired cleaning solution into a spray bottle. Spray on windows and wipe off using crumbled newspaper to avoid streaks.
Avoid cleaning windows on hot or sunny days, which quickly evaporate the cleaning solution, leaving streaks. Clean windows on each side in different directions to determine which side is dirty. For example, if wiping one side from left to right, wipe the other side top to bottom. Each cleaning solution works differently on each surface. Test each one to see which cleaner works best for each surface.
Nikki Cash graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's in film/TV, where she won an MPAA Scholarship. Since graduating, she has written and produced an independent feature film starting her career as a writer in 2005. Cash enjoys writing eHow articles with topics ranging from home improvement to crafts.