“Happiness is the biggest window a house can ever have!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
If you’ve ever lived in a house with few windows, or had to spend time in a windowless room, you know this quote to be true. Windows let in light, air, and make our homes feel bright and comfortable. A lack of windows, or dirty windows, can turn an otherwise lovely space into a dark or unpleasant one.
Keeping all the windows in the house clean is a BIG job, but it’s so valuable to making a house a home. So when it comes to window cleaning, there’s a right way and a wrong way.
Window Cleaning Hacks
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Wait for cloudy, cooler weather
Hot weather or bright sun will heat up the windows, which might cause the cleaning products to dry before you can squeegee them off, resulting in streaks.
Invest in a squeegee and a chalkboard eraser
Wiping off cleaning product from the windows is best accomplished with a rubber edge squeegee. That’s true for your internal ‘windows’ too, like shower doors and mirrors. If you do find that you’ve left a few streaks behind when drying, get out a CLEAN chalkboard eraser and wipe away the streaks!
How to clean different parts of your windows
The window track – for sliding windows, there is a track where dirt, dust and dead bugs can trap. This is where the craft store is your friend: you can get a bunch of sponge topped brush handles that will fit perfectly into the space! Just dip in your cleaner and run it along all the tracks. Don’t forget to open the window to do the inner track too!
The blinds – get an extra set of kitchen tongs, wrap both the ends with clean cloths and now you’ve got an easy grip blind cleaner!
Screen fuzz – fluff, spider webs and a host of other floating objects can get caught in your window screens. You can take them out and give them a proper soaking once a year, but at other times, a lint roller will do the trick!
Outside – large picture windows need cleaning on both sides but it can be hard to reach the top of your windows from ground level. You can use a ladder, but an extendible soft car wash brush will also come in handy for those bigger jobs!
Recipe for chemical free glass cleanser
- 3 cups of water
- ¼ cup of white vinegar
- 20 drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)
Just wipe it on with a microfibre cloth and squeegee it dry. Perfect, streak free windows!
If you want to add a mild abrasive to get rid of grime, or soap scum in the shower stall, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Shake the bottle well and spray away!
Do you have a little mold on your window edges? You need something with a little more kick to it, with a mold inhibitor. Try a mixture of water, vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil! The latter has antifungal properties that make it perfect for dealing with a little mold.
If your window tracks are super grimy or tacky, you may need more than a basic recipe to get the goo off. In that case, sprinkle the window sill / tracks with baking soda, and then sprinkle on a little white vinegar. Be careful about the amount of vinegar! Anyone who has built a volcano for a science class in grade 4 knows what happens next: bubble, bubble, toil but no trouble! Let the bubbles do their work and after a few minutes, you scrape off the grime with an old toothbrush and a clean cloth!
Streaky, dirty windows make a grey day seem darker and a nice day hard to see, so take care of your windows and you’ll enjoy all the light streaming in to your home far more!