A woman washing a window.
Few things can brighten up a home like freshly washed windows. There are several ways to wash windows, and most of them will work. The most popular way is usually to just use a store-bought window cleaning solution and paper towels, but this often leaves streaks and is not very economical. There are better and cheaper ways to clean windows.
A sea sponge is the best tool to use when applying cleaning solutions to windows.
The best way to wash windows is to make a homemade window washing solution. The best solution has ammonia, to break down hard dirt, and vinegar, to make the glass scratch-free. Mix 2 quarts (1.89 L) of warm water, 0.5 cup (118.29 ml) of ammonia, 1 liter (473.17 ml) of isopropyl alcohol, 0.25 cup (59 ml) of vinegar and 1 tablespoon (14.78 ml) of normal dish detergent. Apply to windows and wipe until dry. The cleaning solution can be placed in a spray bottle and applied that way, or sponged straight from a bucket. Using a bucket will give the best results for those with very dirty windows.
It is recommended to wash windows on cloudy days to reduce the likelihood of streaks.
The tools used to wash the windows are at least as important, if not more so, than the cleaning solution used. Many people advise spraying the solution on windows and using newspapers to clean and dry them. Others recommend using rags, paper towels or even old t-shirts. The best way is to use an uneven, uneven sponge, such as a sea sponge, to apply the solution. A squeegee can be used to remove excess water and make windows streak free. For washing outside windows, a sheepskin squeegee on one side can allow for quick and easy cleaning.
An old cotton T-shirt can be used to clean windows.
Having dirty screens can make windows look dirty even if the glass itself is clean, so take extra time to clean your screens as well. Remove the windows and spray them. Mix a solution of 0.25 cup (59 ml) of ammonia, 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) of dish soap, and 2 gallons (7.57 L) of warm water. Apply this mixture to the screens and let them dry with the soap. Once dry, place them on a towel and tap them on the floor a few times. Dirt should fall off immediately.
Homemade window cleaner can be made with washing up liquid.
Wash windows on a cloudy day, never in direct sunlight. This will shorten the drying time and reduce the likelihood of streaks. Before you begin, use a broom to sweep any cobwebs, loose debris, or dead insects from the windows, and be sure to wash the outside windows first, moving them from the top of the house down. Washing windows takes time and effort, but it usually doesn’t need to be done often, as long as it’s done right the first time.