Homemade Window Cleaner From Tea

3 Materials
10 Minutes

This is such a fun post today! How to make homemade window cleaner from tea bags! This also works for glass surfaces like ovens, mirrors, or glass tops.

First, WHY would you want to know how to make window cleaner from tea bags?? Well, if you ever run out of window cleaner, it is nice to have multiple alternatives to use around the home.

As you know, our website is full of so many different cleaning tips based on chemistry. It helps you save time, money, and if you run out of something, you have options!
homemade window cleaner from tea
I have been doing a lot of research recently on tannins, a chemical found in tea. We have been experimenting with different tea cleaning options, and this one is my favorite!

What you Need:

  • 4 Black Tea Bags (MUST BE black tea, read why here)
  • 8 oz boiling water
  • Spray Bottle
homemade window cleaner from tea
  1. Make sure your water is at a rolling boil. Filtered water works best for this.
  2. Add the 4 tea bags to the boiling water and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes (no less than 10).
  3. Remove tea bags and allow mixture to cool for a few hours.
  4. Add to your spray bottle!

Shelf Life:

This will last for a week, but it is such a small amount, you probably won’t have to worry about it. You can store it in the refrigerator to keep it longer, just allow it to come to room temperature before using.
homemade window cleaner from tea
This glass door was SO dirty! If you follow my instagram, you got to see the tutorial of me cleaning this window with the tea cleaner lol. Our bulldog loves to slobber on the glass.
homemade window cleaner from tea
It is a great for cleaning sticky residue off of glass stove tops too!

To Apply:

1. Spray the glass or window surface well.
2. With a microfiber cloth (click link below to read our tips on microfiber) or paper towel, rub the solution around the window area and buff.
3. This didn’t take much elbow grease to remove the dirty smudges and bulldog slobber from my back door, just a light circular motion. If your surface is extra dirty or stuck on, repeat application if necessary.

Tea contains an interesting chemical called tannins. There are a few types in black tea.

Click the link to Chemistry Cachet to learn more about why this works!
homemade window cleaner from tea

Suggested materials:

  • Tea bags  (store)
  • Water (filtered is best)  (store)
  • Spray bottles  (online)
Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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1 question
  • EJ
    on Oct 16, 2018

    I'd like to try this but wouldn't this stain the paint on a window frame or light wood?

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  • San1202787
    on Aug 28, 2018

    Yes, I will definitely try it! Going to go and make it all up now!!!

  • Daisy@TX
    on Mar 8, 2019

    Definitely going to try this on windows and oven windows.

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