In the 90’s, I owned a cleaning store. I know, doesn’t seem possible today. It was my job to sell chemicals and products to help with cleaning. Many of the chemicals were really harsh and could potentially kill someone.
My store became a wealth of knowledge because I had learned cheap ways to avoid the chemicals, though it wasn’t great for my sales. In listening to people with allergies and asthma, I had to become innovative with solutions. Most times, the solution is so cheap and easy. Everyone leaves happy even though my cash register wouldn’t register a sale. I sold off the store due to personal reasons.
Three Ways to Clean Windows
Window Cleaner and Paper Towels – Expensive
- This option is doable but I always have streaks on the window. When you try to get rid of them it makes it worse. Extremely frustrating.
- I run out of chemicals fast, especially on bay windows that we have here at home.
- Paper towels are not cheap and you will go through a lot of them.
Vinegar Water with Newspaper – Doable and Affordable
- Mixing in 1/8 vinegar with the rest water to a spray bottle.
- Spray the window.
- Scrunch up some newspaper like a rag and begin rubbing the surface.
- You will be completely surprised how effective this is without having any streaks.
- Newspaper provides great scrubbing power too!
- Downfall, after a window or two, you will need to scrunch up more newspaper. If you let the newspaper get too wet, it begins to shed off paper bits.
Vinegar Water, Cloth and Squeegee – My Preferred Method
- Mixing 1/8 Vinegar with the rest hot water in a bucket. Like shown in the above photo. 1 Bucket of water can do our 1 level of our home.
- Using a cloth, soak your cloth in the vinegar solution and slightly ring out the cloth so excess water doesn’t fly everywhere.
- Rub down your window with the cloth. Do not allow to dry.
- Using a cheap squeegee from Home Depot, squeegee off the window.
- Perfect windows every time and you don’t have chemicals smelling up your home afterwards.
For us, we no longer get newspapers delivered to our home. I could sneak into the neighbours recycling bin on the curb to get some but my preferred solution doesn’t require it.
So what’s in the vinegar to make it so effective? Vinegar breaks apart water tension. If you were to put a drop of water on a plate. You will notice the water will appear to be a bubble shape… That’s water tension holding the water together. Vinegar removes that tension which won’t allow the water to do that.
Windows have microscopic crevices though you cannot see them. If you were to wash your windows just water, you will notice the water will pool up and pretty much run off and not be effective. By adding vinegar, the water tension is broken therefore it will fall into the crevices of your window surfaces. When wiping, you are not only doing the surface but you are cleaning out all of the microscopic crevices where dirt is sitting in. This is why the windows are strikingly clear after washing… you have solved two issues with just one wash. Window cleaners also have this property but if you get it with just cheap vinegar, would you buy window cleaner in the future?