How to Create Your Own Window Cleaning Solution

Cleaning the windows on and in your home is a difficult and time-consuming task. Doing it right is even harder. Do you ever feel like you’re just pushing the dirt around on your windows? Or that they look worse than when you started? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all that goes into window cleaning. We’ve put together some helps to take the headache out of washing your windows. If you follow these tips and tricks, we’ll have you cleaning windows like a pro.

The Best Window Cleaning Solution

The best window washing solutions always use vinegar. Why is using vinegar so important to wash windows? Besides being non-toxic and antibacterial, vinegar is slightly acidic. This allows it to quickly break down the film and grime that accumulates on your windows. There are a lot of window cleaning solution recipes out there. Odds are, you’ve tried a lot of them, and none of them work as well as you hoped they would. The recipe we’ve got for you is a great way to clean your windows as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If it’s been a while since you’ve washed your windows, use this recipe:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dish detergent (Dawn works best)

Once you’ve completed your initial wash, it’s recommended that you wash your windows at least twice a year. This recipe is perfect for maintaining the initial wash (though you can use the original recipe as many times as you want):

  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. white vinegar

This mix can be made in bulk (for a bucket), or in a spray bottle. Both methods are effective. If you use a bucket and brush, attach a soft bristled brush or mop to an extended pole. Dip the brush in the solution and scrub the windows. Before the solution has dried, make sure to rinse it off with a hose. Using a fitted nozzle or sprayer attachment is really helpful. This method is best for tall houses, houses with lots of windows, and avoids the need for a ladder.

A lot of people like to make the mix in a spray bottle and clean each window individually. This will take a little more time, but depending on the number of windows you need to clean, and how closely you want to clean them, this method works great. This is also the preferred method for washing windows inside your house. Finding the right wipe to ensure a streak-free window is difficult. Popular methods are coffee filters, newspapers, or microfiber cloths. If you use a cloth, make sure it’s lint free. Paper towels are popular but can leave streaks and paper residue behind.

Other Window Cleaning Tips

  • For large windows, use a strip applicator. These long, thick cloths soak up a lot of water and easily remove dirt without scratching the glass.
  • Using a squeegee takes a little bit of practice, but can really improve your windows. Start in the top left corner of the soapy window and pull in a reverse “S” shape, wiping the blade at the end of each pull. Then, dry off little drips or remnants with a lint-free cloth.
  • If you have a multipaned window, using a large, handheld sponge or bristle brush works really well for washing. You can wipe dry with a lint-free cloth or use a small squeegee.
  • For stubborn spots, use fine 000 steel wool. This is great for targeting hard water stains that normal washing won’t get rid of.
  • Don’t wash windows that are in direct sunlight. Windows heat up quickly when exposed to sunlight. This can cause the water to evaporate before you’ve finished washing the windows and haven’t had a chance to wipe them off.
  • Wash windows on one side left to right. Then wash the other side top to bottom. This will let you see if you’ve missed spots on one side.

These tips and tricks will definitely improve your window cleaning abilities. Hopefully, this will take away some of the pain and trouble you’ve had in the past from cleaning windows. Now when you hear that voice inside your head telling you to clean your windows, you’ll be better prepared to take on the task.