7 Best Glass Cleaners

Streaky mirrors got you down? Is the sun shining less brightly through grimy windows? These glass cleaners really clean up and restore your bright surfaces.

  • 01 of 07

    Both the No-Drip Streak-Free Foaming Action Windex and the original Windex with Ammonia-D can cut through any grime your windows and mirrors can cook up. They work fabulously indoors and out and tackle tough grime and light soil instantaneously.

  • 02 of 07

    If you'd like to save a little money and still get most of the cleaning power for indoor and outdoor use, then Glass Plus is a great option. Still tough on grime, grease and random bits of toothpaste, Glass Plus does a terrific job cleaning household glass.

  • 03 of 07

    Best Least Expensive: Most Store Brands

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    Most store brands use a formula that will do a decent job on your mirrors and glass. They might not cut as easily through tough outdoor grime on windows, but indoor glass will be clean and shiny. Most major grocery centers have their own brand that will work well too.

  • 04 of 07

    Best Homemade: Ammonia, Dishsoap, Rubbing Alcohol, Water Mix

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    There are several recipes for glass cleaner that can be homemade, but this one will clean outdoors, indoors, grime, grease, grit and more. It makes a gallon of window cleaner, so have some extra bottles handy to store (and label) it. One of the downsides of homemade window cleaner is that without the signature blue color, it can be easier to be mistaken for water or juice, so keep your window cleaner safely stored and clearly marked to avoid confusion.

    To make, mix 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia, 1...MORE tsp. of your favorite dish soap, 1 pint of rubbing alcohol, and enough additional water to make a gallon of cleaner.

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  • 05 of 07

    Method makes a great window and glass cleaner that smells divine. The soft mint smell is such a nice change from most glass cleaners. Method's Best in Glass can stand up to tough indoor and outdoor messes; add to that Method's commitment to green cleaning options, and you've got a winner.

  • 06 of 07

    Seventh Generation's glass cleaner wasn't quite as effective as the other glass cleaners on the list, but for those looking for a green cleaning option, it is a good choice. Not only are Seventh Generation's cleaners created from natural sources, the cost is very close to that of other cleaners.

  • 07 of 07

    Although the majority of the glass cleaners on the list have a wipe version of their cleaner, Windex wipes are tough and leave a streak-free shine on your glass surfaces. They aren't as green as some of the other options and are a little more expensive than some on the list, but they are sure to power through even your toughest messes on glass, indoors and out.