How to clean windows

So you got the urge to do some serious Spring cleaning, right? Knowing how to clean windows can save a ton of money. Have you seen how much professional companies charge? Nevertheless, you can say goodbye to the dirt and grime on the inside and outside of the glass windows in your home in just a few easy steps. You don't even need any harsh chemicals. If you already know how to clean windows then you know that it makes a huge difference in your home. This is a dreaded chore for most people, but the truth is that it's not that difficult or time consuming.

Here's how to get started:

Supplies you need:

  • 2 plastic dish tubs

  • cotton rags

  • dish soap

  • step stool for exterior windows


  • Preparation:
    Assemble your cotton rags and liquid dish soap. Fill up one plastic tub with warm or hot water and squirt a little liquid dish soap in. To minimize plumes of bubbles, add the water first and then the liquid soap; not the other way around) Fill the second plastic tub with water (warm or cold, your choice).

    The process is identical for cleaning exterior windows as with interior windows. With exterior windows, you may need a little more scrubbing and a little more liquid dish soap in your warm water mixture to clean the actual dirt that gets blown onto your glass windows and surrounding trim. The interior part of the window is more likely to have smudges and handprints, which aren't really that hard to remove.

    Here's how to clean windows in four easy steps:

    1. Wash the handles and tracks using a wet rag.

    2. Wet a cotton rag in the warm soapy water, ring it out (thoroughly to prevent drips) and wipe the entire surface of the glass window. Depending on the amount of dirt and grime, this may require some elbow grease. Start at the top of the window and move down.

    3. Wet a second cotton rag with just water from the non-soapy plastic tub, ring it out and rinse the area you have just scrubbed.

    4. Take a third dry cotton rag and thoroughly wipe dry the entire glass area. Streaks result from wet residue, so wipe and keep wiping until the surface is absolutely dry. You will need to switch out this rag for a fresh dry one when it starts to get damp.

    Pro tip: If you're worried about streaks, you can wipe in a vertical strokes on one side of the glass and horizontal strokes on the other so that you can identify the source of the streaks should they appear.

    Continue these four steps for each window. This process will work for permanent, non-movable panes. Some of your window panes may be removable, so check your system. Vacuuming the track and the screen itself is also recommended annually.

    If you know how to clean windows you can take on a household chore that most people either hire out for a lot of money, or ignore completely. Imagine having clear, shiny windows with no nasty chemicals in just a short time! Good luck with your Spring cleaning!

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