I have always hated cleaning windows until I accidentally stumbled on this idea for a streak free cleaner. Actually it’s been a work in progress for about 50 years.
Many many years ago my dad had a gas station, you know the kind where you hire high school boys to pump gas and wash windshields. In Minnesota there are lots of bugs that get smashed on the windows as you drive down the road and they leave a film on the windows. Customers complained that the boys were using greasy rags to clean the windows, then one day dad put a few drops of Joy dish detergent in the water they used and suddenly there were no more complaints. From there on we used water and a very very small amount of dish detergent to wash windows. It was good but you had to wipe and wipe with clean dry paper towels to prevent the streaks, especially in humid climates.
Then my DH told me that he always used windshield washer fluid to wash windows, it works well because it dries fast. That’s OK, but I still wanted the soap to cut grease and grime. So this is what I now use and anything that can streak and is not wood. Mirrors, granite counter tops, bathroom sinks, TVs, and it works especially well on my terrazzo tile floors that drive me crazy with streaks if you use any kind of floor cleaning product on them. It works just like any all-purpose cleaning product, spray a little on and wipe it dry. Cleans, disinfects, and drys fast streak free. As an added bonus it is cheap, cheap, cheap!
In a 1 qt. (32 oz) spray bottle mix:
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup regular rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol 50%)
- 1/2 teasp. ULTRA dish detergent (I prefer Dawn & Joy)
Screw on the sprayer and go to work…