How to clean your windows
Was our mums right about cleaning windows with newspapers?
Your mum probably told you that you can clean windows with newspaper. But if you have never actually tried it, chances are you might raise an eyebrow after hearing that tip. Because why would anyone want to clean windows with newspaper when there are sponges, rags and rubber squeegees?
But did you know that newspapers are made from dense fibres that will not scratch? They are tougher than paper towels, leave no lint and doesn't come apart easily. This means they are perfect for cleaning windows and what's great about them is that they are cheap and you can always repurpose them after your morning read.
Tools to have on hand when cleaning your windows
- Gloves to protect your hands (optional)
- A bucket to hold your cleaning solution if you are not using store bought window cleaning detergent
- Floor rags to protect your floors from the dripping solution
- Clean rags or a wiping cloth
- A rubber squeegee to remove all extra liquid
- A sponge. Or you can also use the sponge at the back of your squeegee if it has one
- A microfiber cloth or lint-free cloth
- Clean cloth or rag
- Some old newspapers
Making your own window cleaning solution
The most common cleaning solution you can make at home is to squirt a tiny amount of dishwashing soap into a bucket filled with water. How much cleaning solution you make depends on how many windows you have to wash on that day. You can always make more if you need more.
A more natural option is to mix equal parts of water and vinegar into a pail.
But for a streak-free and disinfecting option, mix together 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup of vinegar, 2 cups of water and 3 drops of liquid detergent. Mix it well and transfer it into a clean spray bottle.
Clean windows with newspapers, squeegee, sponge or rags
- Put on some gloves to protect your hands.
- Always start by cleaning the outside of the window first because they are very prone to stubborn stains. They are constantly exposed to dust, the weather and bird droppings, which could cake up or harden over time. Depending on how bad the stains are, you might need to spray on some vinegar and let it sit there for a while before attempting to wipe it off. In worse case scenarios, try gently scraping it off with a razor blade.
- Dip your squeegee/sponge/rag into your cleaning solution of choice and wash your windows making sure to apply more pressure where there are stains. Spray bottle options should only be used if the windows are not overly dirty.
- Then use the rubber side of your squeegee and wipe the solution off. Have a dry but clean rag on hand to wipe the excess solution from your squeegee and wipe off any excess on the glass with a microfibre cloth or newspaper.
- However, if you want to disinfect your windows and have them streak free, you can always spray on the alcohol solution after the first round of cleaning. Then follow through by wipe everything off with a microfibre cloth. Alternatively, you can also clean windows with newspaper instead of using cloth.
- Then use a damp rag dipped in the cleaning solution to wipe down the window frames.
- Place your floor rags or newspapers to absorb any liquid and to protect your floors. You need to do this if you're planning to use a squeegee as they tend to drip cleaning solution everywhere.
- If you find that your window ledge and in between the rails are dusty, you can vacuum this up with a handheld vacuum or put on the mini-nozzle if you're using a regular vacuum.
- Usually, the inside of the window is not as dirty and merely just dusty. If you regularly leave your windows open, then a bucket and squeegee/sponge/rag would serve a better purpose for thorough cleaning.
- Dip your squeegee/sponge/rag into your cleaning solution of choice and wash your windows. Then use the rubber side of your squeegee and wipe the solution off. Wipe any excess off with a microfibre cloth.
- You can also use a spray bottle filled with cleaning solution before wiping it up. Here you can clean windows with newspaper or with a microfibre cloth.
- Like before, use a damp cloth to wipe the window frame and in between the rail and you're done!
Whether you prefer to use a squeegee or a microfibre cloth. Or maybe you prefer to clean windows with newspaper. Repurposing newspapers make it so much better for mother earth. Try it today and experience it for yourself. Cleaning windows with newspaper work wonders!