Cleaning windows is one of the most tiresome and time-consuming chores. It can become even more difficult and tiresome if you don’t have the right cleaning solution. There are a number of commercial products designed especially for effective flawless windows cleaning but they are not always what you hope for. Smearing dirt all over the glass, leaving streaks or simply dimming the surface are common problems with a lot of solutions. That is why it is essential to figure out the most effective before you can proceed with windows cleaning. Here are a few recipes you could try in your research. Hope to be of assistance!
Sip 3 tablespoons of white vinegar in 1 liter of water and mix well. This solution is your basic windows cleaner. It may sound simple but actually vinegar is one of the most powerful organic acids and is a powerful antimicrobial agent. That is why it was intensively used throughout history for conserving food. It can conserve your windows the same way – picking up all the dirt and dust, eating through dirty deposits or bird excrements and ultimately sterilizing the glass. The end result is a perfect shine with no particles left on the surface of the glass. It is actually so powerful that you need to dissolve it in water to protect the windows. If used directly on windows with no protection (this is not the case if your windows are not glass but organic polymer or plastic as in some modern designs) it can etch and streak them making nasty marks in the glass which are permanent. That is why for general purpose clean it is good to use a small amount of vinegar in a large volume of water which diminishes its side effects. But if your windows are too dirty or you want to create some more spectacular effect you may try different recipe.
For very dirty or stained windows you could consider a stronger version of the previous recipe by adding some dish detergent. Use 1 tablespoon and quarter cup of vinegar for a bucket of water – about 4-5 liters and mix well. You can wet a cloth or a sponge with this solution and wipe out even heavy dried-out dirt from your windows. The dish detergent acts like a soap forming foam and bubbles on the surface of your windows almost like the solutions used by the professional cleaners. Actually this solution is a variant of theirs and you could see it’s quite effective. The combined action of the detergent and the vinegar makes sure all stains or dirt are solved and become easy to remove. It can even give your windows an extra sparkle and leaves no streaks. But you should only use old newspapers or paper towels or a squeegee to wipe out. Any sponges or cloths might just spread the dirt out rather than absorb it. Using new newspapers is also not a good idea for vinegar could cause them to leak ink in the solution. Only well dried paper is preferable because it can absorb the solution all along the dirt and leave only sparkling windows behind.
If the dirt is especially persistent or you really haven’t clean your windows since a long long time you might consider even a stronger solution. For obviously very dirty windows choose to mix half tablespoon dish detergent and 3 tablespoons vinegar with only 2 cups of water. This will make for a very powerful cleaner that actually might damage your windows so be sure to use it only when you are sure vinegar will use its power to degrade and remove the dirt and stains rather than the glass. If however the window is really dirty (not so rare of a sight in various homes) you can rest assured that grit and dust will absorb its power and the glass will be safe. But in that case you still have to make sure to dry the glass immediately after use to prevent any dangerous solution drying on it.
Another witty recipe for clean windows includes 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 cups club soda. It may not look like the perfect window cleaner but it can actually do quite the job. Lemon juice is a strong natural acid too and it acts a little bit like vinegar. The effect of the soda can be considered similar to soap and cornstarch can give an extra shine to the glass. This adds up for a nice homemade cleaner. You should only make sure the starch is thoroughly dissolved before using.
Yet another variation of the cornstarch recipe above uses 2 tablespoons of it and a cup of vinegar in 4-5 liters of water. The effect is similar to the first recipe and this makes up for another very nice homemade cleaning solution.
You can try using rubbing alcohol, too. It’s especially helpful for very dirty windows or gritty mirrors. It can sweep and dissolve dirt and grease and is ideal cleaner for thick layers of dust. But you should once more make sure to use newspapers or paper towel for wiping and don’t leave anything behind for once dry your cleaning solution might turn into cleaning disaster. A nice recipe is 2 cups of rubbing alcohol with half a cup of ammonia (it doesn’t act well with vinegar so ammonia is preferable) and 1 tablespoon dish detergent in 3-4 liters of water.
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