Best window cleaning solutions: 6 top buys for the sparkliest windows yet

Pick up one of these top window cleaning solutions to keep your windows gleaming all year round

best window cleaning solution: large window looking out onto street
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With one of the best window cleaning solutions to hand, you'll be set to take down streaky windows with ease. Essential for shimmery windows, window cleaning solutions make that dreaded task a breeze. Sure, you could call a professional window cleaner in, but if you can manage the job yourself, why not save some cash? After all, these window cleaning solutions are relatively affordable.

A quick search online and you'll be inundated with infinite options to choose from. Rather than spending hours scrolling endlessly, take a pointer or two from us. We've picked out some of the best options you can buy, making sure to cover every criterion you might have. Vegan? Check. Quick-drying? Check. Plastic-free? Check. You get the idea. As you browse our list, look to the handy specs we've outlined, where you can see the pros and cons of each option. Oh, and be sure to check what each product is best for. Whether you're after an all-rounder, an eco option or a supermarket own brand choice, we've got you. Oh, and if you're not a fan of the classic spray option, we've also included a smart cloth option.

Now, if you want to brush up on your window washing technique, check out our step-by-step on how to clean a window. And, if you're looking to go all out, see our best steam cleaners guide to buy the best tools for this job.

The best window cleaning solutions

Mr Muscle Window & Glass Cleaner

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1. Mr Muscle Window & Glass Cleaner

Best window cleaning solution: an inexpensive choice that shows no mercy on grime and grease

Specifications

Best for: Overall performance
Type: Spray
Size: 750ml

Reasons to buy

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Works wonders
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Not for use on finished wood
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Smells strong

With added vinegar to cut through tough grease and grime in seconds, this is our top pick of the best window cleaning products. Leaving a streak-free shine after each use, similar to the majority of window cleaners, this one takes a little elbow grease. Turn the nozzle and spray generously on your window and glass then wipe clean – we've found that kitchen roll leaves the best finish. It's worth noting that it shouldn't be used on finished wood or on surfaces other than glass, mirrors and tiles.

Best vegan window cleaning product: Astonish Window and Glass Cleaner

2. Astonish Window and Glass Cleaner

Best vegan window cleaning solution: a plant-powered quick-fix for cleaning your windows

Specifications

Best for: Quick-drying
Type: Spray
Size: 750ml

Reasons to buy

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Cruelty free and vegan
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Quick drying

Reasons to avoid

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Avoid contact with marble and limestone
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Do not use on varnished, polished or unsealed wood

For use on all windows and glass around your home, this hard-working cleaner polishes your windows until they're fingerprint-free and shining. It also removes tough stains and grease at the same time thanks to the power of vinegar. For those who are worried about their pets, it's cruelty-free and vegan. What a combo! Simply spray on your windows and wipe off with a dry paper towel or lint-free cloth. Avoid contact with acid sensitive surfaces such as marble and limestone and it shouldn't be used on varnished, polished or unsealed wood.

E-Cloth Window Cleaning Cloths

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3. E-Cloth Window Cleaning Cloths

Best plastic-free window cleaning solution: a window cleaner with a difference

Specifications

Best for: Plastic-free
Type: Cloths
Size: 2 cloths

Reasons to buy

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Recommended by Allergy UK
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Safe for the environment
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Lasts a long time
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Machine washable

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer a spray

E-cloths can remove the toughest of dirt, leaving your windows streak and lint-free without the need for chemicals. This two-cloth pack contains one to clean windows, frames and sills and another to polish glass. To use, simply wet the cloth and wipe on your windows, then polish for a perfect finish – it's as simple as that. The cloths are machine washable so can be used over and over again.

Waitrose ECOlogical Glass Cleaner

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4. Waitrose ECOlogical Glass Cleaner

Best supermarket window cleaning solution: Waitrose glass cleaner smells great and is available in your local supermarket

Specifications

Best for: Supermarket
Type: Spray
Size: 500ml

Reasons to buy

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Suitable for use on septic tanks
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Smells fresh

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't contain vinegar

This eco-friendly window cleaning product comes in a recyclable bottle and is our top pick for those who are looking for the best supermarket window cleaner. Not only will it leave your windows smear-free, but it smells pretty lovely (compared to other window cleaners, that is). Just spray generously and wipe in circular motions with a dry cloth, then buff for shine. 

Best eco-friendly window cleaning product: Ecover Window and Glass Cleaner

5. Ecover Window and Glass Cleaner

Best eco-friendly window cleaning solution: a planet-friendly choice you can rely on

Specifications

Best for: Eco
Type: Spray
Size: 500ml

Reasons to buy

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Suitable for septic tanks
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Quick drying
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Cruelty free

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't contain vinegar

This window cleaner is cruelty-free and the bottle is made from recycled and plant plastic, making it our top pick of the best window cleaner for those who are eco-conscious. It makes short work of tackling windows and glass to ensure they're smear-free and clean; the formula is also quick-drying. Spray directly on to windows, mirrors, chrome or glass for the best results, then wipe with a soft dry cloth.

Elbow Grease Glass Cleaner

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6. Elbow Grease Glass Cleaner

Best versatile window cleaning solution: keep windows and other glass surfaces in check

Specifications

Best for: All-round use
Type: Spray
Size: 500ml

Reasons to buy

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Suitable for windows, glass and mirrors
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Affordable
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Great shine

Reasons to avoid

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May cause skin irritation

Aptly named, this Elbow Grease product is ever-so simple to use. Simply spray and wipe away. Removing grease, grime, dust and those pesky fingerprints from your windows, as well as mirrors and glass surfaces, this cleaning solution has a unique formula. With added vinegar, it blesses your windows with the best shine yet. A favourite with Mrs Hinch, this option is a reasonable pick that will return your windows to their former glory.

How to buy the best window cleaning solution?

Searching for the best window cleaning solution can sometimes prove a little tricky –particularly given the glut of choices out there. So, to make the process a little smoother, you might want to consider some of these factors and questions before buying.

Spray or cloth?
First things first: do you actually want a spray? Often, people assume this is the best option for them without really thinking about why. Of course, a spray solution is a perfectly smart choice, but it does eventually run out. Alternatively, by using a cloth option, like the E-Cloth Window Cleaning Cloths (opens in new tab), you can reuse the product many times – a sustainable choice indeed.

Mother Nature
Nowadays, it's far easier to be eco-conscious when you shop thanks to the range of products out there. For example, the Ecover Window and Glass Cleaner (opens in new tab) is a cruelty-free cleaner and is bottled in recycled, plant plastic. Perfect, right?

Bang for your buck
It might sound obvious, but a lot of people don't always think about value for money, especially if the product is cheap. You might come across something that costs far less than anything else, but it is worthwhile checking the quantity of solution you actually receive. For this reason, we've not chosen anything under 500ml per bottle.

What is the best streak-free window cleaner?
This is always an important question. One of the key objectives in cleaning windows in the first place is the removal of streaks, so you'll want something that performs. Our personal favourite? It has to be Mr Muscle Window & Glass Cleaner (opens in new tab). Due to the added vinegar, it cleans without leaving a smear in sight.

What is the best thing to clean windows with?
For us, it's always essential to have your window cleaning solution to hand. While people do often make their own, we think it better to use a purpose-made product such as those we have picked out – especially for particularly grubby windows. As well as this, you might also consider buying a microfibre cloth, which can help immeasurably in the wiping process.

Annie Collyer
Deputy Ecommerce Editor

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...

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