DIY All-In-One Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner

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Homemade Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner! This stuff is amazing. Streak-free and all-natural

Video Note: This recipe was recently updated (on November 9, 2015) to include a video. Find the video post, here.

Has my plan worked yet?

Are you convinced that cleaning is the coolest activity in the world? Did I just date myself by using the word “coolest?” The nineties can really stick with a gal.

Over the past month we’ve poured vinegar into jars filled with brightly-colored towels for cleaning dirty surfaces. We’ve given new life to the Swiffer sitting in the lonesome corner of the garage by making homemade wipes. Our bathrooms now smell amazing, and are actually enjoyable to clean thanks to the absence of mystery smells and liquids (potty-training also sticks with a gal and bathroom).

Oh the magic of homemade cleaning.

Homemade Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner! This stuff is amazing. Streak-free and all-natural

Homemade DIY cleaning is not only empowering and even a tiny bit magical (or maybe the word is “motivating?”), it’s also incredibly simple. And if you’re new around here, I love simple. Simple enough that every single homemade cleaner I make only requires a few ingredients that cost little when compared to the price I used to pay for a massive number of individual cleaners from the store.

Homemade Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner! This stuff is amazing. Streak-free and all-natural

Since the cleaning bug bit me with its magical (okay, I’ll try “motivating” next time) powers, I’ve been on a blog frenzy sharing my homemade cleaners. Let’s recap the simple ingredients needed to make every single cleaner for a house that sparkles and shines:

Vinegar: Costing only a couple of dollars for a quart, vinegar can clean just about anything. A big bottle of vinegar can easily be stretched to make anything from homemade cleaning wipes, Swiffer wipes, surface spray cleaner, or a natural fabric softener.

Essential Oils: I use essential oils (particularly orange, tea tree, and lavender) in my homemade surface spray, cleaning wipes, Swiffer wipes, bathroom cleaner, laundry soap, hand soap, and even homemade beauty products.

Water: If you turn over a bottle of store-bought cleaner I guarantee the first ingredient will be water. I use water in many of my homemade products. Water can aid in bacteria growth (not something you want when cleaning your counter). If you’re planning to use homemade products within a few weeks, tap water is just fine, but for a long-term use I suggest boiling water or using distilled water.

Castile Soap: Castile soap is an incredible cleaner that’s made from 100% plant oils. It’s known as a “true” soap due to its biodegradable properties. Castile soap is concentrated and highly effective which means one bottle can create multiple homemade products such as: hand soap, laundry soap, and bathroom cleaner.

Baking Soda: Baking soda absorbs odors (hello amazing bathroom cleaner!) and can remove the toughest of stains.

Rubbing Alcohol: I’m sure many of us have torturous memories of this product as kids. Ever have a cut? Yep, painful!

Rubbing alcohol is actually good for much more than torturing (I mean “cleaning”) boo-boos. This ingredient is used as a disinfectant and also works to dissolve dirt and oil. Rubbing alcohol dries quickly which makes it the perfect ingredient for DIY glass and stainless steel cleaner or homemade Swiffer wipes.

Homemade Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner! This stuff is amazing. Streak-free and all-natural

Today, let’s kick up the cleaning motivation (I got it right that time) to a new level and sparkle some windows. Using the vinegar and rubbing alcohol already found in our homemade cleaning arsenal,  this cleaner can be made in just five seconds (really! I promise…five seconds) and costs just pennies for an entire bottle.  Homemade glass and stainless steel cleaner will leave your windows and fridge streak-free and sparkly without the overwhelming toxic smell of store cleaners.

Homemade Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner! This stuff is amazing. Streak-free and all-natural

Ready to get started? I knew you would be.

Homemade Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner! This stuff is amazing. Streak-free and all-natural
4.25 from 8 votes

DIY All-In-One Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner

this cleaner can be made in just five seconds (really! I promise…five seconds) and costs just pennies for an entire bottle. Homemade glass and stainless steel cleaner will leave your windows and fridge streak-free and sparkly without the overwhelming toxic smell of store cleaners.
Course DIY
Cuisine Cleaning
Keyword Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1 -16oz. spray bottle
Author Kristin Marr


  • 1/2 cup rubbing/isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/3 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 12 oz water Clean tap water is fine for short-term use. Use distilled or boiled and cooled water for long-term use.


  1. Add the alcohol and vinegar to a 16oz. glass spray bottle. Add water until the bottle is full (use a funnel, if needed). If you don't care for a vinegar scent (although it goes away once the surface dries), add a few drops of your favorite cleaning essential oil. This cleaner may be stored at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

To Use: Spray the cleaner on windows and mirrors, then wipe with a microfiber cloth. A cotton towel may be used, but I highly recommend microfiber to achieve a streak and lint-free appearance. I've also used this cleaner on some of our stainless steel appliances with good success. Before using this cleaner on stainless steel always check your appliance manual since some appliances recommend using plain water for wiping the surface (like our new fridge). And always do a small spot test before using any cleaner on a surface.


*I know some people in the natural community avoid rubbing alcohol for cleaning purposes. A high-proof vodka may be safely substituted for rubbing alcohol.

Water Note: Clean tap water is fine for short-term use, distilled or boiled and cooled water is best for long-term use.

If you’re looking for decorative chalkboard labels (pictured), I bought a package from Michael’s Craft Store. You can also find similar labels here.

Homemade Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner! This stuff is amazing. Streak-free and all-natural

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  1. 5 stars
    Love your site so much!!! I use baking soda to cleanup the tea stain on stainless steel sauce pans. They work like magic. I will try your cleaning liquid. Thanks for posting all these wonder posts!!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Thank you so much!

      Baking soda is pretty amazing stuff! I used to get so frustrated with store-bought stain removers and cleaners, but have been so happy with the powerful action of baking soda.

      Enjoy the glass cleaner. It’s amazing!!!

  2. says: Terrell Sanders

    5 stars
    Love this glass cleaner! Throwing out the Windex today. I’m looking forward to trying a lot of different items from this site!

    1. says: Sarah

      4 stars
      I just found the same recipe last night. The cornstarch adds something that makes the glass streak free! My mom and I ran around cleaning mirrors and windows. Lol. Sold – when you’re having fun cleaning. lol.

  3. says: Annie Bosche

    Alcohol is the best window deicer to use also. I’m not sure about the vinegar in it, but maybe it will help to clean your windshield as you de-ice? Just a thought.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Lisa, Hmmm. Did you use Isopropyl Alcohol (standard rubbing alcohol)? Between the vinegar and alcohol the stainless should clean right up without streaking. We have all stainless appliances, too.

  4. says: Lisa

    5 stars
    I did use standard alcohol. This mixture is wonderful for glass I just love it! I also use it in my bathroom. I am going to try it again on my stainless steel appliances today and see what happens.

  5. says: Ani

    The stainless steel / glass and multi-purpose cleaners REALLY WORK!! I am thrilled beyond words!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!! ‘Live Simply’ has been my mantra since we moved to the east coast 2 years ago, but it takes time to get there. Tips like these are a Godsend and so very much appreciated! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more!

  6. says: Jessica

    Hi Kristen
    I’m a little confused by the instructions. Did you use 1/2 cup of vinegar and alcohol mix and then topped off with water or 1/2 cup of alcohol AND 1/2 cup of vinegar then topped of with water?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Jessica,

      You’ll need 1/2 cup alcohol and 1/2 cup vinegar. Then, top off the bottle with water. When using a 16oz. cleaner bottle you’ll end up with half water and half alcohol/vinegar solution. Enjoy! 🙂

        1. says: Kristin Marr

          Hey Colleen, I always recommend a spot test first before using any cleaner on a surface, and also checking with your appliance(s) manual for best cleaning practices. That’s true for homemade or store-bought cleaners. Is there streaking on the stainless? Is the stainless the new kind that should only be wiped down with water, or have you tried using cleaners on it before? What kind of damage occurred? If it’s just streaking, then using a microfiber cloth and water may help, or purchasing a stainless cleaner from the store may bring the results desired. How do you normally clean the appliance? I would love to help you troubleshoot, I just need a bit more information on what’s going on.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Ashley, I reuse old spray bottles (from when I bought cleaners). Another idea is to purchase the spray nozzles from the dollar store and just toss the plastic bottles.

  7. says: carmen

    It didn’t work on my stainless steel either, but I do know that there are different types of finishes on stainless.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Interesting, Carmen! What happened when you applied it to your stainless? Maybe we have a different finish–we have a Whirlpool dishwasher and Frigidaire Fridge and Range. Would you mind sending me a pic for future reference when this issue comes up for some people?

  8. says: Catherine

    Sadly, this does not work on my stainless steel appliances. There are different finishes for them and some are graded more fingerprint proof than others. There were some drip marks and fingerprints and this did help remove the fingerprints, but not the water marks. The water marks are removed with store bought SS cleaner, so I know they are not permanent.

  9. says: Danni

    Noticed that a lot of your natural cleanings call for a glass bottle, if I just want to reuse some plastic spray bottles I have laying around does that work also?

  10. says: Verna Reid

    For everyone who’s having a problem with streaks being left after cleaning your stainless with vinegar, please try this as the second step and fix for the other types of stainless finishes mentioned above. Pour some olive oil onto a microfibre cloth and wipe with the grain of your appliance. The grain should be either vertical or horizontal. I have a mix of the two in my appliances. You can tell very easily. The olive oil polishes the stainless steel and gets rid of any other prints the vinegar left behind. Hope this helps.

  11. says: Verna Reid

    Please add this to my “olive oil” post above as it’s an edit, and please delete this one, if possible. If that’s not possible, then let this one stand too. My apologies for not getting it all in one post. I not only meant streaks but fingerprints as well. The olive oil should be put on after the vinegar solution has air dried, and you need to rub it in back and forth a few to several times (whatever is needed);”buffing” the stainless steel. This is truly “a little dab will do you”. You don’t need to use a lot. a dime to nickel size amount should go quite a long way, but use whatever you feel necessary. Just try not to use too much as you don’t want your appliances glazed with it.

  12. says: Sara

    This works great as a glass cleaner!! As for using tap water, I’m wondering if it would be okay even if you didn’t use it within a couple of weeks because of all of the alcohol in there? Alcohol is a preservative right? Anyway, thanks for finally helping me find a glass cleaner that works!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Sara, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! That’s a great question. I’ve personally kept it a bit longer, and haven’t had issues. I don’t have any studies to show how much longer it might last though.

  13. says: Colleen Comden

    1 star
    Help, my appliances look Terri let after using the stainlets recipe. Don’t do it, it will be worse, does anyone have suggestions to fix the damage?

  14. says: Natasha

    4 stars
    I’ve been interested in testing out home-made cleaners for a while now. For the purpose of stainless steel cleaner, I did end up needing to do the follow up oil trick as per another posters suggestion, but our appliances now look brand-spanking new! For the glass, it does look a little streaky but I’m wondering if it’s due to my water (I am on city water, but I’ve always thought it seemed like hard water). Perhaps using distilled or boiled water would have helped – I may try this after I’ve used up my current mixture. They kitchen however has been left smelling fresh without that ‘chemically’ smell. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the cleaner and I think with some minor adjustments I can avoid the streaks 🙂

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Natasha, Yes, definitely try the distilled water. The minerals in tap water can leave behind spots, similar to what happens when you do the dishes. I think that will definitely help!

  15. says: Romeo Manloctao

    Thank you for sharing and it helps alotIs the solution also works on Winshield and windows of the car?

  16. says: Harmon

    Hi, I always use vinegar and soda for cleaning my bathroom. What do you think is it enough for this or should I need to use more cleaners? Thanks in advance for giving me the clarification.

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