How to clean your windows (the right way)

After having your windows for a while, you may start to notice that they don’t look as shiny and bright as they did before. They may even include a few dead bugs now…

Do not fret, though! We have listed out our favorite solutions below for cleaning your glass and window frames!

For Window Glass

Our favorite way to clean glass is, by far, using the Sprayaway glass cleaner. It is a great choice because it leaves glass looking extremely clean, but is also environmentally conscious. This glass cleaner has no CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons), which are harmful to our environment, especially our ozone layer. The cans it comes in are 100% recyclable and are also made with 33% recycled steel. This glass cleaner is definitely the best choice for anyone in a rush, since it sprays on quickly and is cleaned up quickly. We use this product for all of our glass cleaning needs.

Now, if you’re thinking about going for a more homemade/cheaper route, we have something for you too!

This solution will solve all of your window glass cleaning needs without having to buy anything! All you need are the following things:

  • A bucket (doesn’t HAVE to be a bucket, it can be anything that you can mix the ingredients in)
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ of a tablespoon of dish detergent
  • A sponge

Yup! That’s all! After you’ve rounded up these items, mix the water and dish detergent in the bucket, grab your sponge, and get cleaning!

If you’ve read this far and still haven’t found something that works for you because you’d like to go the au naturel way, here’s your solution.

Grab:

  • ⅔ of a cup of white vinegar
  • 1 ⅓ of a cup of distilled water
  • 5 drops of Lemon or Lavender essential oil
  • A spray bottle
  • Some newspaper or a microfiber cloth

So, you mix up all of your ingredients in the spray bottle, shake it up, spray on your windows, clean it up with the newspaper or microfiber cloth and there you go!

TIP: Clean your windows on a cloudy day or in the evening. Exposure to the sun may make the solutions dry faster and leave streaks behind.

For Window Frames

Vinyl and Aluminum:

  • Wash down the frames using a hose (for the outside) and a wet cloth (for the inside)
  • Mix up 2 cups of water with ½ a tablespoon of detergent
  • Dip a sponge into the solution and clean the frames with that sponge
  • Rinse it off with more water
  • Clean it all up with a dry cloth

NOTE: You can also use an aluminum cleaner for the aluminum frame

Wood (black mildew):

  • Get a capful of laundry detergent, ¼ of a cup of bleach and warm water. Pour it in a bucket and mix it up. After you’re done mixing, pour some in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the mixture on the mildewy areas. Grab a sponge and scrub those areas.
  • Fill a spray bottle with bleach and spray it on those areas. It will kill the rest of the mildew.
  • Grab some soap and water, some rags and clean those areas up.
  • Grab a dry cloth and dry the frame completely.

NOTE: After cleaning, you can apply a coat of antifungal paint to prevent any more mildew to grow

So, there you go! Now, off to clean!

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