There are various ways you can clean your window. You can buy a solution in the market to spray on it and remove whatever plagues the glass, or you can make your own solution to remove those little smudges from your windows. However, there are the favorite solutions that even window replacement contractors recommend: vinegar and ammonia.

Vinegar or Ammonia: Cleaning Agent for Your Windows

In this article, Windows By Toll will discuss with you which solution can best clean your windows; vinegar, ammonia, or a mixture of both.


If you’ve recently conducted a window installation for a new window and are unsure of which to use, you can start off with vinegar. Since vinegar has acidic qualities, it can break down the grease, germs, and mold in your windows. Depending on your vinegar’s acidity content, you can dilute it with water without removing its strong cleaning properties.


Ammonia is a base product that carries corrosive properties that can break the grease and grime pretty quickly. Like vinegar, it can be thinned with water. Keep safety in mind, however, as ammonia can burn exposed skin and eyes in high concentrations and must only be used in well-ventilated areas to avoid irritating the throat and lungs.


There’s no danger in doing this, but it’s not really recommended by window contractors since vinegar and ammonia often counteract one another. In addition, the mixture creates a byproduct, saltwater, that robs both of their cleaning properties.

Which to Use

Both vinegar and ammonia are good cleaning agents, but if you want to be on the safe side, then it’s best to go with vinegar. Vinegar is less hazardous. When it comes to actually wiping the windows down, however, microfiber cloths are the best thing to use for absorbency.

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