Here is a little information about window cleaners.
Windex won hands down for best window cleaner. The No-Drip Streak-Free Foaming Action Windex, and the original Windex with Ammonia-D can both cut through grime on windows and mirrors. This is a great product to use indoors and outdoors. The cost is in the medium price range for glass cleaners.
Glass Plus came in second place. It is less expensive than Windex. It is still tough on grime and bits of random toothpaste. Works great in and outdoors.
If saving money is your thing – then most store brands of glass cleaner will do a decent job. Your indoor glass will be clean and shiny but it may take a little extra arm work for outdoor grime – not that it doesn’t work, just not as easily as the above mentioned brands for outdoor use. The good side is that they are usually cheaper.
If the smell of window cleaner gets you down, then try Method glass cleaner – it has a soft mint smell that will be a pleasant change. How does it work? Method’s Best in Glass can stand up to the challenge of indoor or outdoor grime. Method is also a green clean option as well.
If you want a cleaner that is the best in the green cleaner option, then Seventh Generation Natural Glass & Surface is a good choice. It is not quite as effective as the other listed cleaners, but it is created from natural sources and the cost is competative.
Most glass cleaners have a wipes version on the market but out of all of them – Windex wipes won out. They are tough and they leave a streak-free shine on your glass surfaces. They aren’t as green as other options and they are more expensive but they are strong and cut through the mess to leave a shiny, clean surface.
You can make your own home made glass cleaner as well. While there are many recipes for doing this, the following one will be able to handle indoor and outdoor grime and messes.
To make, mix 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia, 1 tsp of your favorite dish soap, 1 pint of rubbing alcohol, and enough additional water to make a gallon of cleaner.
Be sure to label the containers you put the glass cleaner in because you don’t want your family mistaking this for water or other substance since this formula will be clear.
Enjoy your newfound knowledge of glass cleaners and let us know what cleaners you prefer and why in a comment.
Happy Cleaning. 🙂