Washing Windows – 2 Ways to DIY

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Spring Cleaning : Washing Windows

Today I’m sharing my favorite method for washing windows and how to use these window washing tools.  This method really is the best – it’s quick, easy and will make your windows shine!

The Best Way to Wash Windows via Clean Mama

The first step to this process is to gather your supplies and get everything all set up.

Set Up for Washing Windows via Clean Mama

(I have all these supplies in my Amazon shop if you’d like to see them or grab them for your own windows. )

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Next, you want to put 1 teaspoon of dishwasher powder in a shallow container and add warm water to the powder (so it dissolves).

Step-By-Step Method for Washing Windows via Clean Mama

Then you want to get started with your windows (one at a time).

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Finishing touches?  Here are two ways to make sure your windows are extra bright and sparkly.

 

In case you’re wondering…..

  • Q: Do I ever spray a window or two and wipe clean or do I always use this method?
  • A: I spray a window or part of a window ALL THE TIME.  This method is for seasonal window washing, when you have a house full of windows to wash and you want to move it.

My book, The Organically Clean Home has 3 different recipes for cleaning and washing windows and mirrors – here’s a peek at my favorite all-the-time window and mirror cleaner and you can go here to grab the full recipe.

Sneak Peek Peppermint Window and Mirror Cleaner via Clean Mama

Go here to purchase The Organically Clean Home.

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This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.

 

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DIY Homemade Cleaners: Glass + Mirror Cleaner

Making your own cleaners can be fun and economical.  This series is all about must-have ingredients, pilule recipes {free printable}, viagra   labels {free printable}, vcialis 40mg and how to make homemade cleaners.

Glass + Mirror Cleaner

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 drops essential oils – mint or lemon is great for this

Mix, spray, wipe clean!  This is a great window and mirror cleaner – it works especially well with a microfiber cloth made specifically for mirrors and windows.

Follow my Pinterest board for lots of cleaning tips and more DIY recipes!

Click here to see all the posts in this series.

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10 Musts for Spring Cleaning – The Best Way to Wash Windows

The weather may not be cooperating with you for washing windows,  but be ready for it with a window washing plan.  There are many different methods for washing your windows, but this is the easiest/quickest/most effective way I’ve found to clean windows – inside and out.

  Grab your cleaning bucket and let’s get started!

I have had the most success with this simple window cleaning solution (I use these dishwasher packs and it works just fine to open them and scoop out a teaspoon for the solution):

First of all I lay out all my supplies on a bath towel underneath the windows where I’m going to start.

The simple process?

I’ve also found that a couple other tools help in the process of easy window washing:

Want to purchase these tools?  They’re mostly Casabella brand – you can find them at Williams-Sonoma and I’ve found some separately at my local grocery store or online at Amazon.

I’ve been re-working my Pinterest boards to make them super user-friendly…if you aren’t already following me, you should!

Want a freebie printable reminder?  Go here to grab it!

Need more cleaning direction and lots of great lists and tips and tricks?  Check out my latest ebook/guide  Cleaning Around the Seasons: Deep Cleaning On Your Schedule – you’ll love the simple and thorough approach to deep cleaning on your schedule!

You can see all the posts in this series here.

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Day 24 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 24 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
Yesterday and today we’re working on our windows. Most definitely a daunting task. Here are a few ideas for how to quickly tackle the windows: split your windows in half – you can tackle your first floor today and your second floor tomorrow or you could count up your windows and divide them in half. Because we’re trying to keep this under 15 minutes and your windows could take more than an hour, you can choose to take the time to do them over the course of the next two days, or you can choose to wash your worst-looking windows and save the rest for another time.
Here’s my method:
I’ve blogged about it a few times, so you may have heard me talk about it before, but this is my favorite method for washing windows. I like it because it’s quick, easy, and streak-free…..
squeegee, a plastic container with hot water and a teaspoon of powdered dish detergent
I bought this Quickie brand window washer and squeegee – after using the washer and squeegee combo, I think that’s the way to go because you can scrub the window a bit before squeegee-ing it off
Window Washer & Squeegee
This method is fool proof and it works really well on the exterior windows, too. The handle let me reach to get those taller windows that I’d normally need a step ladder to get to. I used a rag to wipe up drips on the window sills from the soapy mixture and a towel on the floor underneath my work surface – you’ll need those.
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Day 23 – 31 Days to a Clean House

It’s Day 23 of 31 Days to a Clean House!
I made a printable for us to track our progress, you could just take it and run, but I think you’ll like the daily motivation and tips and tricks that this series will provide. So come back every day for the assignment and check off your progress as we go. You can go here to grab the free printable.
If you want to keep up on other daily cleaning tasks using my simple routine you can check out myfree October cleaning schedule – to learn more about my cleaning routine and how I make cleaning a little bit every day an easy and manageable thing that we do. I have more free printables here too!
Today and tomorrow we’ll be working on our windows.  Most definitely a daunting task.  Here are a few ideas for how to quickly tackle the windows: split your windows in half – you can tackle your first floor today and your second floor tomorrow or you could count up your windows and divide them in half.  Because we’re trying to keep this under 15 minutes and your windows could take more than an hour, you can choose to take the time to do them over the course of the next two days, or you can choose to wash your worst-looking windows and save the rest for another time.
I’ve blogged about it a few times, so you may have heard me talk about it before, but this is my favorite method for washing windows.  I like it because it’s quick, easy, and streak-free…..
squeegee, a plastic container with hot water and a teaspoon of powdered dish detergent
I bought this Quickie brand window washer and squeegee – after using the washer and squeegee combo, I think that’s the way to go because you can scrub the window a bit before squeegee-ing it off
Window Washer & Squeegee
This method is fool proof and it works really well on the exterior windows, too. The handle let me reach to get those taller windows that I’d normally need a step ladder to get to. I used a rag to wipe up drips on the window sills from the soapy mixture and a towel on the floor underneath my work surface – you’ll need those.
If you don’t have the squeegee, order it and do a couple of your worst windows today or tomorrow – OR maybe you have a better method?  If so, tell us what it is!

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