Cleaning with Store-bought or Homemade Vinegar

Cleaning the Inside of Windows:

  • Fill a bucket or large pot with clean, cool water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap.
Put something like a large bath towel under the window in case you spill something: Always a great practice.

  • With a microfiber cloth or with a sponge wipe down the surface.  You want to start at the top and work your way down which makes things go SOOO much better.  Remember to also clean the window frame inside and out.
  • Spray the window thoroughly with vinegar and water solution.  Another option is using ammonia at just one capful per two gallons of water.
  • Lastly, use a clean, lint-free towel (black-and-white newspaper works great too!)  Dry the window using a Z-shaped motion. Paper towels can be used too but that gets expensive.
  • Inspection: Dirty windows often require two cleaning processes.
    Keep in mind: It is best to work on a cool, cloudy day so that the soapy water and window-cleaning solution do not dry on your windows.

Windex is colored ammonia with blue dye-it’s dramatically less expensive to make your own.  Make it a gallon at a time and you’ll save big bucks.  Same thing with paper towels.  They’re expensive, bad for the environment, and have limited functionality.  The cloth micro-fiber towels work great and last for years.  Dry microfiber towels are great for cleaning computer and TV screens.  They make auto and yacht and plane detailing a snap. Put one in the car and you can use it if the windshield gets fogged up on the inside.

–Pixie Duster

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