Homemade Glass Cleaner #2

One of the quickest and simplest homemade solutions I use for cleaning glass and mirrors around the house is to just use straight club soda.  I’ve been doing this for several years now and have always been happy with the results.   It’s simple, fast, and it works!

Even though club soda has worked great, I have a second homemade glass cleaner that I like to use too, and that’s because it has a little squirt of dish soap in it, as well as some rubbing alcohol. Sometimes those two ingredients make me feel like I have a homemade window cleaner with just a little more “oomph” to it for the dirty jobs.

And guess what?  My homemade glass cleaner #2 is a mixture I’ve already written about before.  It’s my homemade eyeglass cleaner, just made into a larger batch!

how to make homemade glass cleaner

Yup, the homemade eyeglass cleaner was working so nicely on my glasses, that one day I decided to mix it up in a larger size and start trying it out on some other things.  It’s worked great and now I’ve taken to always keeping an 8 oz spray bottle of this mixture around too in addition to the club soda for cleaning mirrors, windows, glass, and more!  (It works great to give a chrome facuet a quick shine).

So even though this isn’t really a “new” recipe, I thought it might be good to share that it can indeed be made in a larger batch and used for other purposes that just for your eyeglasses.  And perhaps you don’t wear glasses and so have ignored that recipe completely and are missing out!

It’s a simple 50/50 mixture of water and rubbing alcohol with a little dish soap mixed in, so you can really make it in any size that you want. When I make the recipe for my eyeglass cleaner I make it in a 2 oz size.  When I’m making it for household cleaning, I usually make it in an 8 oz size using the measurements below.

Homemade Glass Cleaner #2


  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Rubbing Alcohol (I use the 70% Isopropyl)
  • A squirt of dish soap (Probably about a 1/4 teaspoon)
  • Spray bottle of at least an 8 oz size

Combine the water and rubbing alcohol in the spray bottle.  Add just a quick squirt of dish soap ( I usually use Dawn dish soap).  Put the top on the spray bottle, and then gently shake the bottle to mix the contents.

To use:  Spray onto surface to be cleaned and wipe with a soft cloth.

Just a few days ago I used this cleaner to get my windows all cleaned up again after the long winter, and it did a fine job.  I think spring is the only time of year when I actually feel like cleaning the windows!

Some readers have also told me that rubbing alcohol is not available in all countries (such as Australia, I believe).  In that case using Amazon may be an option for you to order that ingredient, and I’ve included a link to that product: 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol – 16 fl oz



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  1. Thank you fpr the directions for window washing solution. I’ve enjoyed visiting your website. Will be back for more visits.

  2. FYI, Isopropyl rubbing alcohol IS available in Australia from both supermarkets and pharmacies. Thought Australian readers may wish to know that. However I am interested what other Australian readers use when Dawn Dish Soap is recommended in a DIY cleaning recipe (and it often is) as that ISN’T available in Australia. I’ve often wondered what is special about Dawn which seems to make it a favourite and what I should substitute.

  3. This is a wonderful formula! It stands the tests of science, too. 😉

    We do this recipe for eyeglasses, mirrors and windows, and then add a splash of ammonia water (without additives) which can “saponify” some greases turning them into their own cleaning soap.

    I’ve found, as is supported also in science, that vinegar does virtually nothing for cleaning. I suppose people associate strong smells with effectiveness, but I’m pretty much baffled by its use.

    Thanks again for a spot-on recipe. Ha! 🙂

  4. I tried the baking soda recipe and it worked divine. It smelled terrible so I, too, scent mine with about 8-10 drops of scented oil from Bed Bath and Beyond (could have probably gotten away with less, but I didn’t want the alcohol-vinager-soda smell at all) so I can have my favorite smells of the season. I’ve used just a 2c water 1/4c vinegar blend with oil (I only use 2-4 drops with that) and have always been very happy with that, but this seams to cut the fly leavings better. Thank you for the test.

  5. In Australia, you can buy Isocol which is Isopropyl rubbing alcohol from supermarkets or chemist.
    Instead of Half water and isopropyl, I use water, vinegar, squirt of detergent and a good squirt of Isocol. Works a treat!