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Washing Windows – 2 Ways to DIY

Washing Windows - Two Ways to DIY - Clean Mama

Window washing and spring cleaning go together, don’t you think?  If you’ve ever spent a good part of a day (or more) washing windows, you know that it can be a tedious task.  If you’re looking for a better (quicker and easier) way to accomplish a house full of clean windows, I have 2 methods to share with you today.

The first method is great for small windows or a couple windows at a time.  This recipe is one I’ve shared before here on the blog (and it’s in my book) – it’s seriously the best recipe for cleaning glass and mirrors that I’ve ever mixed up.  It works because it harnesses the power of vinegar for cleaning and the rubbing alcohol works to help the solution dry quickly and streak -free.

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Window + Mirror Cleaning Spray

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle (I recommend using glass spray bottles), spray liberally on surface and wipe clean with a window + mirror cleaning cloth.

Window + Mirror Cleaning Spray - Clean Mama

My favorite way to wash windows?  I do them as quickly as possible and this method is how….

Heavy Duty Window Washing Solution

  • 4 tablespoons castile soap (or your favorite dish soap)
  • 4 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol
  • about 1/2 gallon of warm water

Start with a large flat container and put in 4 tablespoons of castile soap (or your favorite dish soap) and 4 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol.  Fill the container with about 1/2 gallon of warm water and bring the container over to your windows.  Place the container on a large bath towel or two in case there are any drips or spills.

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In order to wash windows this way, you need a squeegee.  I’m using this one, it’s extendable and has a washable microfiber scrubbing pad.  Here’s a similar one – but you need a pole with it if you have tall windows.

Washing Windows with a Squeegee - Clean Mama

Dip your squeegee in the window washing solution, press the excess water out, and apply the pad to your window (do one window at a time).  Once you have scrubbed your window, work left to right and top to bottom with the rubber side of your squeegee.  Wipe off any excess water on the squeegee as you’re working.  Use a microfiber cloth to wipe up any streaks and drips on your windows.  Bonus: a microfiber cloth will keep your windows streak and lint-free.

Wipe Up Drips with a Microfiber Cloth - Clean Mama

If your windows are dirty (like mine were) you’ll see dirty water drips on your window sills.  Tackle two cleaning tasks at the same time and take a minute to wipe up each window sill as you go.

Have you tackled any windows yet?  I hope this post gives you a little bit of motivation and direction for washing windows this spring (and beyond).

More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

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  1. Anne Matison says:

    What is the best way to clean horizontal white faux blinds. I have tried different things, but nothing comes off. And what is the best way to clean little orange spots (I have no idea what they are) off white Formica. They do not rub off, they do not scrub off. Is this some kind of bug marking its territory? The spots go all over the top of the window, as well. I do not think it is my cats because they are all neutered. Can you help, Becky?

  2. Vinegar is brilliant for cleaning windows! 🙂

  3. Love the recipes for the window cleaners! Once the rain stops, I need to get my windows cleaned!!

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