DIY Eco-Friendly Window Cleaner Recipe

DIY natural window cleaning recipe and streak free -

I have failed more than once at making an eco-friendly glass cleaner that doesn’t leave streaks. And I hate streaks. I hate them so much I gave up on the DIY green cleaning product recipes for a while and opted for whatever green alternative was offered at the grocery store…

But even then I found those green-labelled plastic spray bottles didn’t really do the trick. Sure, they removed dirt from the outside of my windows. They dissolved the stepkiddo’s toothpaste splats on the bathroom mirror. They even cleaned the sauce spills on my glass-top table. But, just like my homemade concoctions, they also left some streaks. Ugh.

Streaks make mirrors, tabletops, and windows look dirty even if they’ve just been cleaned. They also block light from entering your home and feeding your houseplants. They also just frustrate me, but that’s a personal issue…

And so, in an effort to say goodbye to streaks and save money on something I know I can make for much cheaper at home, I got to researching, again.

You see, there’s a ton of really unhelpful info out there:

Eco-sites that tell you all you need is vinegar and your windows will sparkle like diamonds (not true). In fact, I’ve found vinegar to be the worst for leaving streaks on mirrors and windows.

Eco-sites that say you need nothing at all besides some old newspaper (also not true—especially if you have kids). But! Newspaper does work well for wiping glass after lightly spraying with the right recipe.


And finally, eco-sites that give you multiple recipes for the same thing and leave you wondering why you need five ways to make an eco-friendly glass or window cleaner and if any of them really work (they don’t, I tried).

After some fiddling, I found a simple and inexpensive solution that works. I put this green recipe to the test against some nasty handprints clouding up the glass on my back door. Happy to say, with just two sprays of this stuff, my windows have never looked better.


  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol*
  • 20-24 drops essential oils (pure or blend)**
  • water


  • 16-ounce glass spray bottle
  • funnel
  • label
  • pen

How to Make It

Time needed: 5 minutes.

  1. Using your funnel, slowly pour the rubbing alcohol into your glass bottle.

  2. Add your essential oil of choice.

  3. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.

  4. Secure your spray cap and label appropriately.

  5. Don’t forget to shake vigorously before use.


Important Notes

Rubbing alcohol

Despite the widespread popularity of using rubbing alcohol in various glass and window cleaners, I stumbled upon some safety concerns (shocker).

It’s important to note that natural cleaning products are still chemical-based and need to be treated as such.

Here are the top tips for safely cleaning with rubbing alcohol:

  • Alcohol evaporates quickly (and the fumes are flammable), so make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area. Open a window / turn the bathroom fan on, etc. Also avoid use around open flames from fireplaces, candles, smokes, etc.
  • Dilute alcohol with water to reduce residues on surfaces. This is especially important in homes with kiddos, pets, and immunocompromised persons.
  • Keep out of reach of pets, children, and teens (as you would with any other cleaning supply).

Essential oils

I like to use Saje’s Immune blend because I always have it around anyway, but to keep it cost-effective and simple as can be, you can also go with disinfecting lemon, tea tree, or lavender oils instead.


One comment

  1. Will give this a try!! Thanks for the review and recipe!

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