Homemade Window Cleaner
We all know the smeary results you get when using the store brand type. But, what about the homemade stuff?
Almost everyone I know that cleans windows professionally like to use their own window cleaning recipes, including myself.
Making Your Own Solution
Mixing your own ingredients can be messy and time consuming so, to help I have put together some tips below that will aid in making your own homemade window cleaner.
When putting together a good window cleaning recipe you can use any regular tap water although I find that the best water to use for window cleaning is either soft water or best yet deionized water. If you are using hard tap water in your window cleaning solution there is a chance that you might get mineral spotting (Hard water deposits) if any is left to dry on the surface of the glass.
You can start your base by using dish washing soap. The brands found in the supermarkets seam to have different concentration levels and some will produce more suds than others. The amount you use in your cleaning solution will depend on the brand you choose to use. I would recommend starting out by adding two teaspoons of soap to one gallon of water. Try it out and if you think it needs less or more for your working conditions you can make the changes.
Under some circumstances for example; if you’re cleaning windows in hot windy conditions, you may want to consider adding a smooth gliding agent such as the Sorbo Squeegee Glide.
This helps the squeegee glide smoother plus helps reduce quick evaporation times caused from the suds or bubbles produced from the soap. The Sorbo Glide can be added directly to any window cleaning mix.
Cleaning with vinegar and other chemicals such as ammonia, and alcohol should be limited for window cleaning. They may work great for special cleaning projects but these extra additive are not really needed for regular window cleaning.
Tip: Definitely never use cleaners with added chemicals like the ones listed above when cleaning tinted windows.
Chemicals such as Alcohol, Ammonia and Vinegar should only be used as a last resort and only if you need to remove stubborn debris that will not come of with normal scrubbing combined with regular window cleaning soap.
If you do need to use alcohol, vinegar or ammonia use it with caution because if used for regular window cleaning it may come in contact with exposed rubber window seals. When this happens, the rubber seals may become dried out which will cause them to crack and decay faster than normal. Also some of these chemicals will cause you solution to evaporate from the glass at a faster rate which is not what you want when cleaning windows.
Once you have your window cleaning ingredients put together you can store it in a plastic one gallon jug. When it comes time to clean the windows just add the solution to a spray bottle. This will make it convenient when wetting the glass.
Don't want to make your own?
In case you decide it's to much hassle to make your own window cleaning solution there are great window cleaning soap concentrates you can purchase such as Dazzle-100. Just Follow the mixing direction on the bottle and you can't go wrong.
What is your favorite homemade window cleaner?
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