Home Remedies for Cleaning Glass


There are home remedies for everything under the sun, but there are a few proven remedies for cleaning glass that work very well. In this article you will see all you need to know to leave your glass surfaces sparkling without having to buy a product designed to get the job done.


  • Ammonia is a common ingredient in commercial glass cleaners and it is also usually what makes the product effective. Using straight ammonia or a diluted ammonia in water on glass surfaces will effectively clean it to your satisfaction. The only drawback is the odor. It can be nauseating, so be sure to use it in well-ventilated areas and try not to inhale the fumes. It is also not recommended to be used to clean car windows as ammonia can be damaging to vinyl and possibly remove any tinting, according to Superiorcarcare.com.

White Distilled Vinegar

  • Despite a strong smell, white distilled vinegar makes a great glass cleaner that leaves no streaks. Dilute the vinegar with water. This will reduce the strong smell (it will dissipate in a few minutes anyway) and will make the solution less harsh. Some sources, such as Doityourself.com, recommend a quarter cup of vinegar to two quarts of warm water.


  • While newspaper is not a cleaning agent, it can assist you in making your glass look its best. The typical use of paper towels to clean glass can leave lint behind, whereas replacing the paper towels with pieces of newspaper will not. You may end up with a little newsprint on your hands, but rest assured the windows will look wonderful.

Scummy Glass

  • It doesn't sound like a good idea to add more greasy stuff on top of greasy stuff to clean it up. However, when soap scum has made a mess of your glass shower doors, you might want to try it. With a cloth, apply a liberal amount of baby oil to the scummy glass. When it goes on it's just going to look like a big mess, but then revert back to the earlier suggestion of warm water and white vinegar and wipe all off. It will strip off the scum and leave your glass shower doors clean and clear.

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