Let the Sun In: 5 Wacky Ways to Clean Windows
- Newspaper is one of the most often cited ‘tools’ for cleaning windows – and it works. The home service professionals at MOLLY MAID have also heard that it’s important to use newspaper that is a few days old – so you’re sure ink on the pages is completely dry and won’t leave streaks on the glass (or dirty your hands). Use newspaper with this make-your-own cleaner: 2tbsp white vinegar in 1 gallon of water. Fill a used spray bottle and squirt over window surface. Scrub with newspaper.
- Lemon Juice, Straight Up. Spritz lemon juice on the window and rub clean with newspaper. It will look and smell wonderful. No lemon juice? Try club soda.
- Cornstarch.Crunchybetty.com says cornstarch is the magic ingredient in its homemade window cleaner: Mix together ¼cup each of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar, 1 tbsp cornstarch and 2 cups warm water. Put into spray bottle and shake. Always shake well before using too (the cornstarch tends to settle). Spray on windows and wipe.
- Coffee Filters. Out of paper towels or no newspaper? Use a coffee filter, which substitutes as a great cloth for cleaning glass surfaces and mirrors. The filter removes streaks and smudges without leaving lint behind.
- Blackboard Eraser. Use a clean blackboard eraser to rub over your windows after you clean them. It will eliminate streaks and leave behind a shiny finish.
THE FINAL WORD: Don’t forget to add elbow grease to your window cleaner recipe, say the house cleaners at MOLLY MAID! To clean windows, spray window cleaner on the surface, then polish dry with a clean, lint-free cloth such as a microfibre cloth.