When it comes to house cleaning, windows tend to be forgotten. Most of the time, this happens because windows are not an item that we usually are in contact with, unlike a kitchen table, or a TV.
But windows tend to accumulate a lot of dirt, making them streaky and ugly. This is why we advise you to clean your windows every once in a while. It doesn’t have to be every week, but it could be a great idea to do it every other month, especially after winter and spring when it rains, snows, and the birds come flying and leave unpleasant surprises behind.
So, without any further ado, let’s talk about some of these useful hacks that will help you clean your windows in the best way possible!
1. When Should You Clean Your Windows?
You already know you should clean them every other month, but when it’s the best time to actually clean them? When the sun is shining brightly through the window? Probably not since you would have a hard time opening your eyes, and the sun can cause the cleaning products to dry faster and consequently leave streaks on the window. So what about when it’s raining?
Well, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to clean them during a rainy day, not because rain serves as washing because that’s not how it works, but because you’d be washing your windows only to watch them get dirty again from the rain, leaves and whatever the rain might bring to your window.
We are left with cloudy days, which are the best for cleaning, the drying process is way slower, and you’ll be able to see the window clearly and notice smaller details like small spots or streaks to clean.
2. Which Cleaning Tools Should You Use?
A microfiber cloth will be your best ally when it comes to window cleaning. They don’t absorb lint or debris unlike an old cloth, and the microfiber is a material that lasts way longer and can be washed every single time you use it. You can also use a squeegee, which assures you a streak-free and spotless window clean. If you want to go old-school, you can also grab a newspaper.
If you’re afraid to get your hands tinted from the newspaper’s ink, a paper coffee filter could also work! And of course, the only thing that’s missing is the spray bottle that assures the product is spread through the whole window surface.
3. Don’t Forget About The Blinds
Just because the topic is windows, that doesn’t mean we’re only referring to the glass area. Blinds are difficult to clean, but it’s not an impossible task! All you need to do is find a thin cloth or a bristle brush that reaches the slats to effectively clean and get rid of the accumulated dust. If you have curtains instead of blinds, then all you need to do is throw those curtains in the washing machine every other month, and it’s done!
4. Cleaning Your Window Track
We challenge you to look in your windows track, what do you see? Probably a lot of gunk and muck accumulated, but it’s also hard to clean these small and tight areas with a cloth, so what can you do?
If you have any old sponge brushes which are usually used for painting or even a toothbrush that you’re about to throw away, grab one of these items and soak the sponge or bristle area in any all-purpose cleaning solutions you might have in your house. Then start scrubbing the area.
You can also make your own DIY natural cleaning products with ordinary ingredients you have in your kitchens, such as vinegar and baking soda. Pour the baking soda on the tracks and vinegar on top of it.
Then leave it for 10 minutes. What happens is that vinegar and baking soda have a reaction that makes the gunk lift. Then with the help of the brush, clean that area normally. It doesn’t matter how dirty your window track is, this vinegar and baking soda solution does miracles!
5. What Other All-Natural Cleaning Products Can You Use For Windows?
White vinegar is a very common product that you can use for window cleaning, especially if you’re looking for a quick, cheap, and efficient water spot remover. The only con about this ingredient is the strong smell, but if it truly bothers you, you can always opt for using black tea as a substitute. Intrigued?
Let’s take a look at how it works. If you want to use vinegar, then make sure you mix the same amount of vinegar and warm water in a container, preferably a spray bottle. If your windows are grimy, it’s advisable to wash your windows before with water and some soap, or you can opt by putting 5 drops of dishwashing liquid to the previous solution.
If your problem is getting rid of water spots on your car, and you don’t want it to smell of vinegar, then brew a cup of black tea, after allowing it to cool down, soak a small cloth in it and clean your windows. The reason why black tea is a great way on how to remove water spots from windows has to do with the tannic acid black tea contains. It also works wonderfully on mirrors as well, leaving these items with a pleasant soft smell.
6. What About Mold?
Depending on where you live, it’s only natural you end up accumulating mold in certain areas of your house, mostly on ceiling and floor corners. Window sills can also accumulate some of this mold, which gives off a dirty and gross look to your house.
After all the work you had cleaning your windows, the moldiness has to go as well! Here, we’ll let you know about one of the best natural remedies for you to use in this area.
First, fill your spray bottle with white vinegar, then, you can add about 3 or 4 drops of melaleuca or tea tree oil. Spray the moldy area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. After, grab a bush and scrub it.
You’ll notice the mold coming off right away. We hope you enjoyed this list on how you can effectively clean your windows by using products and tools that you already have in your household.
Remember that when cleaning moldy areas or dealing with stronger cleaning products that can be potentially harmful to one’s health, it’s always advisable to use gloves and even a mask. Don’t forget to share these tips with friends and family. Have a safe and effective cleaning!