Picture this: Bird flying, SPLAT on window. Why? Because the windows are so clean it didn’t realize that it was a window! Yes, we have all seen that commercial and wished our windows were that perfect. Well, I hope these few tips will help you to accomplish just that. There are a few different ideas below that you can try and see what works best for you.
Going Green Solutions
With the desire to “go green” the old way to wash windows with vinegar is making a huge comeback. 1, it is green and 2, it is cheap. Some people will use alcohol instead of vinegar. I remember as a teenager, we always used vinegar mixed with water and NEWSPAPERS. Yes, I said newspapers. The newspapers really worked to keep the windows streak free. Today I don’t use newspapers.
Before you start using vinegar mixed with water, it is important to note that your windows may have build up from previous products so that needs to be removed first. I do this by adding 1 teaspoon of regular dishwashing soap (of course I use Dawn) to the mixture of water and vinegar or alcohol. I use this solution to clean ALL windows and glass including the shower doors.
After the initial clean, ongoing cleaning you will not need to use soap. If I am doing a lot of windows, I will do a mop bucket with the solution, and a rag and dry them a microfiber cloth. If I am just doing a few windows or glass pieces, I use a spray bottle with a microfiber washing cloth (found in automotive section, a large coffee filter or yes, even newspaper!!! Make sure to always wipe when wet as wiping a dry solution will produce streaks.
Here are measurement guidelines for your DIY solutions:
• Mix 2 quarts water; 2 quarts alcohol; and 3 drops Dawn Liquid Dishwashing Soap to create a nice window-washing solution that will leave your windows clean and streak-free.
• Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a bucket of warm water for a thicker cleaning solution that stays put and does not run quickly down the glass when you spray.
• Dilute 1/4 cup vinegar in 3/4 cup water in a spray bottle to clean windows.
• Distilled water has no minerals and helps keep the windows streak free. Mix 1/2 tsp. baby shampoo in 1 gal. distilled water. Fill spray bottle, cap the rest. Dry with newspaper.
To avoid streaks always remember to wipe the windows when they are wet. Wiping dry will streak.
Use a microfiber washing cloth (found in automotive section) or newspaper (as previously mentioned) or even a large coffee filter!