Best Window Cleaning Solution For Your Home

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“How bright and sparkling are those windows!” So say your friends about your home just after your favorite window cleaner has left. But then, the kids get home from playing with the dog in the park and before long, those glass sliding doors are back to needing a clean. What is the best window cleaning solution to use at home so that you can maintain that sparkling feel?

In this post I want to share some tips about the best window cleaning solution that you can use to maintain that sparkling feel. What you can use to wipe away the greasy smears from hand prints both small and large.


Is Windex the Best Window Cleaning Solution?best window cleaning solution

I have used Windex a number of times in the 20 years I have cleaned windows. It is a great product and according to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is a great cure for pimples! No, I haven’t used it medicinally, only for cleaning glass.

Windex comes in the Original spray bottle style, easily obtained from your local supermarket or hardware store. There is also the Hose-On Windex product that allows you to attached a hose and spray the solution on to the glass in question and then rinse it off with water. best window cleaning solutionThis has certainly been an effective product in my suite of cleaning solution ideas.


  1. Well-known product available everywhere and has proved effective both neat and diluted.
  2. Refills are available for your spray and hose-on bottles.


  1. The ammonia-like odor can be overpowering to some users.
  2. The use of isopropanol, butoxyethanol and ethylene glycol in the formula makes it a highly flammable substance with the risk of minor irritation if it gets in your eyes.

If I was to rely only on a easy to obtain commercial product as the best window cleaning solution, Windex would be the product of choice.

If you want more info on the chemical makeup of Windex, here is a link you may find helpful: Windex MSDS

Recently though, I have found something else that is far superior.


The Best Window Cleaning Solution You Can Make Yourself

I have a friend of many years who has been in the cleaning game, well, it seems forever. He has used a spray-on solution that has served him well since the mid-1980s.

Recently, when I relaunched my window cleaning business in Brisbane, Australia, he let me in on the secret. And I am going to lift the lid on the best window cleaning solution there is and that you can make it at home. It is so simple, I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it. Still, I am glad that I now use it.

What materials do you need to make it? You will want to get a gallon (4 litres in Australia) bottle of methylated spirits. Buy two empty spray bottles and a bottle of Morning Fresh dishwashing window cleaning solution

TIP: If you have sensitive skin, wear gloves when making up the mixture and decanting it into the spray bottle.

RECIPE: Fill the spray bottle 3/4 full with the methylated spirits. Squirt a teaspoon of Morning Fresh in and then top up with water. Next, using a lint free microfibre cloth, you can clean to your heart’s content.



So that’s it. Simple, isn’t it. Once you have used 3/4 of the gallon bottle, you can mix it up in the larger bottle and then decant the solution into your spray bottle as needed.

SAFETY: Just as you would do with Windex or any other cleaning solution, keep it in a safe place away from inquisitive minds. Be sure to label the spray bottle and assign specific cloths to the task. You don’t want to use a wiping cloth from the kitchen sink as your window cleaning cloth.

Next time your friends arrive, and it has been a few weeks since your window cleaning guy brightened up your home, a quick spray and wipe will get rid of those hand and paw prints in no time at all. And this solution works very well on those bathroom mirrors that can be quite a challenge to keep clean.

Window cleaning at your home will be much easier now that you have access to the best window cleaning solution you can make for yourself at home.


12 thoughts on “Best Window Cleaning Solution For Your Home

  1. Windex is always the go-to solution for me. It’s a reliable product and always does the trick. I’m actually really into that do it yourself window cleaner. I’d be interested to see how well that works. It really is so nice when you have a good view out your window and the window is extremely clean. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the tip of mixing your own cleaning agent. I have been buying over the shelf products at the local stores and didn’t know I could produce my own cleaning agent in such an easy manner. Will I be able to get some fruity smell if I add some fruit flavoring in it? Just s random thought 🙂

    1. Hi Leo,

      So you want a fruit flavor in the mix! You could add some fruit flavor dish detergent to improve the odor. We have lemon and berry scented detergents here in Australia that I might try.

      Making your own mix may just save your a few dollars in cleaning materials.



  3. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    I struggle on a regular basis to keep my windows clean and the window cleaners don’t do a great job either.

    It can be quite hard especially with pets who seem to like our windows!

    I am gonna give this a try and use it to save money.


    1. Hi Craig,

      I would love to hear how it works at your place keeping the pet marks off the glass. Your feedback may help someone else with their situation.

      All the best,


  4. Dear Duncan,

    Thank you for your honest Windex review. I have been a diehard Windex user most of my life but, I never knew they also had a hose on product. I clean a lot of windows so, this could save me tons of time and money in the long run.

    I also appreciate you sharing your homemade window cleaning brew. I have used methylated spirits to soak my paint brushes but, I never knew that its uses also included cleaning windows. I’ll have to keep some around for those times that I run out of Windex!

    1. Hi Jim,

      Getting your hands on the Hose-On Windex is quite easy thanks to Amazon. They will ship to across the States and to Australia if you can’t get it in your local hardware store. It is so easy to use if you want to clean higher windows and not use a ladder. Worth getting your hands on some.



  5. Duncan,

    Thank you so much for the heads up on your own window cleaning mix! With three young boys on the prowl around the house and plenty of windows for thm to grime up, it’s time I tried something new.

    We go through Windex to the point of needing to buy stock in it!

    Your home mix will be a welcome addition to our cleaning arsenal.

    Do you know of any other home mixes for window cleaning that have a scent?

    Thanks again for the idea!

    1. Hi Matt,

      There is nothing like boys to grime up a home! LOL! Another reader requested a scented cleaner so I suggested using a scented detergent in the mix. We have berry, lemon and orange scented cleaning detergent available in Australia. They may have the same in your area. Using that in the mix could be just the thing for you.

      Loved your comments,


  6. You know if you are not on Instagram, you should be. I know you can’t put text up, but just throw in a few pics and build an audience there. I think you’d find a ton of people who would be super interested in your blog here.

    1. Hi Matthew,
      Thank you for visiting my website. Yes, I agree that Instagram is a great way to share pics with the worldwide audience. If you still haven’t noticed our IG page, the handle is @mcraeswindowcleaning. We are on Facebook also. Have you seen our new YouTube channel? Search for McRae’s Window Cleaning and enjoy the videos. We focus on helping Australian window cleaners.

      Chat soon,

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