“I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home…. I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.”
~ Nancie J. Carmody
Spring has sprung, and while some of us no longer adhere to the whole-house spring cleaning rituals of our grandparents’ generation I do notice that winter has taken its toll on our windows. Professional window cleaning can cost upwards of $7 to $8 a window, which doesn’t include deep cleaning. Instead, you can wash your own windows with materials you probably already have around the house — and pocket the savings. Better yet, the cleaning solution and supplies are completely eco-friendly!
Here’s the formula:
Homemade Glass Cleaner
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap (this tiny amount helps get the windows really clean)
- spray bottle
- sponge or rag
- dishwashing or work gloves (optional)
Combine the water, vinegar and dishwashing soap and pour the mixture in the spray bottle. If there are odd bits of crud on the windows, use a wet sponge to gently remove them. If you don’t want to get newsprint on your hands, now’s the time to don the gloves. Fold two pieces of newspaper into a paper towel-sized rectangle, and fold in half. (In case you’re wondering, newspaper is the perfect medium for washing windows because the newsprint’s slightly abrasive texture gets the glass squeaky clean.)
Spray some of the cleaner on the windows and use a horizontal stroke to wipe down the outside of the windows. Switch to a vertical stroke for the inside of the windows and continue cleaning. Avoid the window frames, because newsprint can sometimes leave a mark on the frames.
Keep a sponge or rag handy to wipe the window sill and catch drips. When the newspaper becomes dirty and soaked, put it in the recycling bin and grab a fresh piece. Check your work; horizontal streaks mean you need to go over the outside, and vertical streaks mean you need to go over the inside. With a little elbow grease, your windows will soon be sparkling and streak-free!
Are you doing any spring cleaning this month? I’d love to hear about your projects.