The best thing you can give your home to make it ready for spring? Clean windows.
We've got everything you need to know from natural cleaning solutions to how to reach high-up windows. Read on for our best tips and a great video.
The Natural Way to Clean Windows
Want to know how to clean windows
without using a single paper towel or commercial cleaning product? Here's a great formula: Mix 2 cups of hot water with 1/4 cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of cornstarch
. The vinegar gets anything off the window and the cornstarch really gives it the shine!
Another great thing to pair with vinegar? Newspaper. Really. Leave the paper towels by the sink and save those newspapers from your recycling bin to get super clean windows
And if vinegar isn't your thing (if you have a lot of windows to clean the smell might be a bit much) lemon juice or club soda are good alternatives.
Tips, Solutions and Techniques for Clean Windows
Looking to refine your window cleaning skills
-- watch expert Tim Carter share all his best tips in this video
. But remember -- it's the method you use that makes for the cleanest window
. Whether you're using store-bought or hommade glass cleaner, it's how
you use them that makes a difference. While cleaning, try these tricks for the best results:
- Eliminate tiny scratches on glass by polishing the affected areas with toothpaste.
- Use an old soft toothbrush or cotton swab to clean corners.
- To give windows an extra shine, polish with a well-washed cotton t-shirt or old cloth diapers. Or, if you have one, rub a clean blackboard eraser over the freshly washed (and dried) window.
- To clean windowsills, pour a little diluted rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rub the entire surface. The spots will disappear and the sills will look freshly painted.
- If you wash one side with horizontal strokes and the other with vertical strokes, you'll be able to spot which side streaks are on.
Or check out our start-to-finish guide. It starts with this genius tip: Pick a cloudy day to wash your windows
-- sunlight makes the windows dry too quickly, leaving streaks. Then...
Open up your window, slide the screen and storm window out, and place them on an old towel.
Spray one side of your storm window with your cleaner. Wash the window with your microfiber cloth.
After washing, wipe down using a squeegee. Keep your squeegee clean between strokes by wiping off with a paper towel or rag. Repeat on the other side of the storm window.
Use the same process on the inside of your window - spray, wash, and squeegee. It's best to alternate the direction of your strokes with the squeegee to reduce streaking. For example, move the squeegee vertically on the inside of the window and horizontally on the outside.
Next, you want to clean your window sill, which is likely quite dirty. Spray the sill with your cleaner and use paper towels or microfiber cloths to wipe clean.
Use your vacuum to suck up all the dirt and dust embedded in your window screen. Alternately, you can hose off your window screens in the yard, and let them air-dry in the sun.
Head outside to clean the outside of the the window glass using the same method. You may need to add an extension pole to your squeegee.
Replace the screen and storm window.
Need help cleaning those window screens? Check out our video on how to clean the often forgotten screens.
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