How to Clean Glass With Rubbing Alcohol

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Things You'll Need

  • Microfiber cloth

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Quart-size spray bottle

  • Newspaper


The rubbing alcohol solution is also good for removing or preventing frost on exterior windows or car windows.

Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol to remove hairspray from the bathroom mirror or to put a shine on chrome bathroom fixtures.

Wear gloves to protect your hands when cleaning.


Do not confuse rubbing alcohol with denatured alcohol. Denatured alcohol can damage glass.

Rubbing alcohol and water make your windows sparkle.
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Glass is one of the more frustrating items for homeowners to clean because it clearly displays dirt, fingerprints, grease and other liquids, and cleaning the glass often leaves unattractive streaks. While many commercial glass cleaners are available, glass can also be cleaned with a simple, inexpensive combination of rubbing alcohol and water. Before you spend a lot of money on a brand-name commercial cleaner, try a homemade remedy for making your glass sparkle.


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Step 1

Wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth to remove loose dust.

Step 2

Pour 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol in a quart-size spray bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake the bottle to mix the contents.

Step 3

Spray the glass with the rubbing alcohol solution. Allow the cleaner to sit for a minute to dissolve dirt, grease and other stains.

Step 4

Polish the glass with newspaper to leave a clean finish with no streaks.



Kaye Morris

Kaye Morris has over four years of technical writing experience as a curriculum design specialist and is a published fiction author. She has over 20 years of real estate development experience and received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from McNeese State University along with minors in programming and English.