First step, erase the word "Windex" from your vocabulary. The bright blue color, the obnoxious smell, the annoying commercial with talking birds, all of it is a very bad sign. This stuff is AWFUL for the earth and not so hot for you either...can you imagine your kid drinking this stuff? It does look an awful lot like kool-aid.
Instead we use...you guessed it, vinegar. A 50/50 mixture vinegar and water will help your windows achieve a streak free shine. I usually use a microfiber cloth specifically designed for glass cleaning. But this week, at the suggestion of reader Emilie, I finally tried newspaper. I have been saving up our weekly free newspaper for a couple of weeks and have finally used it on the windows. Here is what I learned...
- While newspaper will work really well to give you a streak free shine, you have to make sure you don't leave any residue on the window or it will show up.
- This means to spray less and wipe more.
- Shiny glossy newspaper pages don't work.
- Packing paper does work just as well.
- Newspaper is great for big jobs where a cloth would too quickly get dirty/wet.
- Newspaper does not scratch the glass like I was afraid of.
- Newspaper works really well on glass, not so well on the rest of the window (frame). You might want to stick with a cloth on that.
While you have the newspaper and vinegar solution out, don't forget to hit your bathroom mirrors, microwave, refrigerator (especially if you have kids), and oven.
The very best part about using newspaper is that when you are done you can put it right into your compost!
Are you off to clean your windows? Any other window tips I missed?
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