The Magic of Dawn Dish Soap With White Vinegar

2 Materials
10 Minutes
In my living room, we have a 16 foot wall that is stone halfway up with a fireplace, mantel in the middle and mirror the top half. I’m not crazy about it, but it came with the house. Although, we had some friends over visiting one day and their four year old little boy was looking up in the mirror and asked, “How do we get to that room?” Cute, right? We all laughed and explained it was just a mirror.
Well, the mirror is attached to the wall above the fireplace and when we use the fireplace in the winter, the glass has a tendency to become a little dusty. It has to be cleaned often because I just can’t stand seeing the smoke/dust/streaks on the glass. We also have an enclosed sort of three-season front porch that is all glass. It, too, has to be cleaned several times a year because of dust, weather, fingerprints and dog nose prints.
I’ve always been a Windex girl and haven’t found any product, in my opinion, that cleans as well as Windex. Well, I decided there must be a better (or I’d settle for as-good-as) and less expensive way to clean all this glass. I did some research for home recipes and here’s what I found that works best, in my opinion.
When you see how easy it is to create this recipe and how well it cleans, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think to try this before (and save yourself a lot of money)!
First, you will need some Dawn Original Scent dish washing liquid.
You'll also need some white vinegar.
And you'll need some water. I don't think it matters if it's tap water, filtered or bottled water. Although if you have hard water, you'll probably want to opt for filtered water.

1/2 teaspoon Dawn dish soap ( you can substitute other brands, but I recommend Dawn)

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

You simply combine these ingredients into an empty spray bottle. That’s it. That’s the whole recipe!
I actually made a bucket of window cleaner and used my sponge/squeegee, being sure to dry off the squeegee between wipes. It works fabulously!
Suggested materials:
  • White vinegar   (Dawn dish soap)
  • Water
Pam @ The Birch Cottage
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  • Delia Delia on May 14, 2021


  • Debbie Debbie on Sep 04, 2023

    I’ve used this fabulous cleaning recipe for over 30 years and wouldn’t dream of using anything else. Windex or any other commercial window cleaner can’t come close to the results I get from this homemade recipe. Its great for multiple uses such as a greasy stove top, porcelain and I even use it on my stainless steel sink.