Clean Car Windows with Cornstarch and Vinegar Without Leaving Streaks
Do your car windows need a good cleaning? There may be a simple solution in your cabinets. According to Reader’s Digest, a mixture of vinegar, ammonia and cornstarch may be able to help you get sparkling car windows without leaving streaks.
Materials Needed to Clean the Car Windows
You’ll need these ingredients:
- Cornstarch: Helps prevent streaking, says OneEssentialCommunity.com.
- Ammonia: Helps remove grease or fingerprints, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
- White Vinegar: Helps remove water spots, says UNL.
- Warm Water: Dilutes the solution.
- Clean Bucket: Contains the solution.
- Spray Bottle: Allows for quick and easy application of the solution.
- Lint-Free Cloth: Provides absorbent cleanup and polishing.
Steps to Clean Your Car Windows Without Leaving Streaks
Step 1 – Create the Mixture: In a bucket, mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with ½ cup ammonia, ½ cup white vinegar and 3 to 4 liters of warm water. Pour the finished mixture into a spray bottle.
Step 2 – Apply to Car Windows: Spray the mixture onto your car window. (Don’t be put off by the mixture’s milky texture, Reader’s Digest says. It’s normal.)
Step 3 – Wipe, Rinse and Dry: Wipe the window with warm water to rinse. Then rub with a dry paper towel or lint-free cloth. Angie’s List also suggests these tips for best window-cleaning results: Try to avoid washing windows when the sun is shining on them, because the cleaning mixture may dry too quickly and leave streaks. Also, try wiping the windows using up-and-down strokes on one side of the window (inside or outside) and side-to-side strokes on the other to tell which side requires extra polishing.
The power of cornstarch doesn’t end with windows. According to Pedals and Pumps, cornstarch can also help deodorize your car upholstery. Sprinkle it on the fabric, let it sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum it up.
Originally published July, 2016.