So lately I’ve been having car troubles…car window troubles. Streaks. EVERYWHERE. No matter how much I wipe it down, there seems to be a residue that makes it difficult to drive at night because the reflection is annoying. You know, those streaks that just enhance the brightness of headlights? Man. Windex, you suck. So I figured I’d dump the chemicals and try something natural and homemade, for the most part. I looked up a natural homemade streak-free window cleaner and found that there are different options for what to use.
Vinegar and Water
My favorite recipe by far.
It is as simple as mixing equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Vinegar leaves the windows free of streaks and smudges without films or sheens on mirrors and windows. Use undiluted vinegar directly on hard-to-remove water spots.
Do be aware that vinegar can be corrosive if left in the bottle too long. I found out the hard way that it eats away at the rubber parts inside a spray bottle, and my spray bottle no longer worked. After you’ve used your spray, store it in a glass jar or container.
Borax and Cornstarch
Make a natural window cleaner using borax and water. Mix 2 tablespoons of borax in 3 cups of water. Apply the solution to the window surface and wipe clean. After cleaning windows with borax, rinse the glass using a solution of equal parts vinegar and water to polish the surface and leave the glass streak-free.
This process involves double-cleaning, as in you need to wipe it all down again after using this solution. I am not a fan of that because I’m already lazy as it is! Get it done the FIRST TIME!
Other Window Cleaners
Lemon juice works much like vinegar to cut grease and polish glass surfaces. Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice into 1 quart warm water. Spray the solution onto windows and wipe dry. Polish out scratches in windows and glass surfaces using toothpaste. Apply the toothpaste to the surface using a rag or cotton ball and work it into the area. Polish the scratched area with a soft cloth.