Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Homemade Window Washing Recipes

It's springtime and don't we love looking out clean windows?  I sure do.  Thought this was good info to share with you now....

This is one of those valuable ‘Hints from Heloise’ that has been passed down from generation to generation. It not only works great, but is money-saving as well.

Photo credit: NYC library


Mix 1/2 cup nonsudsing ammonia with 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 tsp. dishwashing liquid with enough water to make 1 gallon of cleaner. Put in a clearly marked spray bottle. Drying with crumpled-up newspaper will give you a streak-free window too.

I also saw this recipe in my good blogging friend Lark's cookbook, so I'm sharing it also.  Maybe you have these ingredients on hand instead...


1/2 gal. warm water
2 - 3 Tb. (liquid) laundry or dishwasher detergent
1 Tb. liquid Jet Dry or other dishwasher wetting agent

Mix ingredients. Brush or sponge on window.  Immediately hose off.  Water will sheet off. No drying necessary. (sounds like my kind of work!)

CAUTION:  Be sure windows are tightly closed!  :-}


Angie A said...

Oh neat! thank you for sharing!!

Angie said...

Thanks to your tips....I may be able to open my blinds. I have used the first recipe, and it works great, great, great.

silbook said...

Marsha, I've used this window washing recipe for quite a while now and think it's better than the blue stuff. Can't wait to try the outside recipe if it ever quites raining!

Jane said...

Great tips, Marsha! I'll have to give this a try when the pollen goes away.

Mandy said...

Thanks for these! I need to clean the hard water off my french doors. Perfect!

Betsy said...

Oooh...I like the idea of the Jet Dry one!