DIY: Make Your Own Natural Window Cleaner

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Take the risk out of household cleansers by making your own cleaners at home. They are affordable, easy, eco-friendly, and just as effective (if not more) than store bought cleaners.

What You Need:

16-ounce spray bottle

1 1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup distilled water

8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice (could use Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, or a combination)


Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake. You are ready to clean!

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  1. We use an equal solution of 1 cup water and 1 cup white vinegar with the oil drops, and it works great without the strong odor.

  2. I’ve been using white vinegar for years (e.g., laundry, windows). I can’t wait to try this for all my cleaning purposes. (Lemon makes everything smell great, but Grapefruit or Wild Orange sounds wonderful).

  3. do you leave the sprayer inside the bottle? if so, do you have any trouble with the sprayer clogging up?

  4. I have little finger prints and kitty nose prints all over our windows. I am making this as soon as I get off the computer!

  5. Thanks for the recipe! Do you have one for hand sanitizer using the On Guard oil? I would love to have an alternative for our little grandchildren.

  6. I have been using this for the past 7 months and it cleans better than any other window cleaner I have tried. Still using the first mixture.

  7. Our Citrus oils have a shelf life of 10 years- and water is indefinite and here is what I found on vinegar:
    The Vinegar Institute conducted studies to find out and confirmed that vinegar’s shelf life is almost indefinite. Because of its acid nature, vinegar is self-preserving and does not need refrigeration. White distilled vinegar will remain virtually unchanged over an extended period of time. And, while some changes can be observed in other types of vinegars, such as color changes or the development of a haze or sediment, this is only an aesthetic change. The product can still be used and enjoyed with confidence.

  8. Thank You! I’ve been using OnGuard household cleaner, but still using Windex for the mirrors\windows where I work! So excited to try this natural recipe with the citrus fragrance!

  9. Love your recipes for the whole house. Love the oils and have spread the word for others to use doTerra oils.
    These oils are healing and I am witness to that with my daughter and my grandsons.

    Thank you for putting up so many great ways of using the oils.

    Luz Magaly

  10. As a compliment to being good for our health and the environment, look for white vinegar derived from grains and not from petroleum. The source will be on the product label. Thanks for a great article!

  11. Distilled water doesn’t leave streaks like tap water does. I met a window washer filling up water at a dispensary and he said if he uses any other water it takes at least twice as long to clean the windows.

  12. The reason distilled water is because it is the purest type of water. Tap water can contain certain other elements (such as chlorine and metals) that might not make the mixture as effective. You could use other essential oils in this mixture as well. The reason citrus essential oils are recommended is because they are able to cut through grease so well. The shelf life of this mixture could last up to 3 years. And yes, this mixture is also very effective on mirrors or any type of glass. Hope this helps answer your questions.

  13. Hi Shirley,

    This mixture would be great to use on laminate and linoleum. It would not be recommended to use on stone floors because of the acid in the vinegar. Hope this helps.

  14. I was wondering, for all the cleaners, is it important to always use glass bottles if you use citrus oils? what about other oils, like melaleuca.. or is it ok to use plastic?

  15. Glass is always the recommended bottle to use with essential oils but a good quality plastic is ok to use as long as the essential oils are diluted enough. Plastic would be ok with this mixture sine there are only 8 drops of essential oil in a 16 oz. container.

  16. Vinegar should not be used on tile or granite because of the acidity! You can use water and oils of your choice, shake well before using…

  17. Will this kill peanut proteins? I am wanting to use these products in a preschool classroom but this is a main concern as we have several children with peanut allergies.

  18. DoTerra is absolutely correct when stating that distilled water is the purest kind of water and using it for solutions makes the cleaning more effective. The reason for this is that tap water contains impurities. When distilled water dries it actually dries completely clean and spotless. In tap water it is the left behind impurities from the water which leaves the spots. This is why the hard water from your garden hose leaves spots on your vehicle after washing.

    – Josh from Window Cleaning Keller

  19. Tap water contains minerals and such that will leave behind crap on your windows. Distilled water has that all taken out.

  20. I followed the link for the glass spray bottles and there was a disclaimer that said some essential oils clog the spraying mechanism and not guaranteed. I’ve already wasted money on other spray bottles trying to find one that works. Has anyone found a spray bottle they would recommend? Thank you :-)

  21. How do you keep the oils from sticking to the side of the sprayer. My cleaner just smells like vinegar. What did I do wrong?

  22. I wish I would have read comments before I made mine. Next time I will do equal parts water and vinegar. All I smell is vinegar. I use Doterra oils so I know it is not because of weak EO.

  23. Can you use purified water? I know not to use tap, and that distilled is best, but all I have is purified at the moment.

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