How to Clean Windows and Curtains | Window Cleaner Recipe

Tips for Cleaning Windows

Of course you can clean your own windows if you want to. However, most people recognize that this type of deep cleaning is best left to the experts.

It’s a smart idea to hire a cleaning company that will have specific cleaning solutions and procedures that assure a clean, germ-free home environment. If you’re still thinking of doing a DIY window cleaning job then read on.

Here are some simple instructions on how to clean windows and curtains yourself. Don’t forget that if you’re going for totally fresh, pristine and germ-free, that means window treatments should be cleaned along with the windows.

How to Clean Windows and Curtains
How to Clean Windows and Curtains

How to Clean Windows

Use a squeegee and spray bottle of window cleaner, such as Windex or a knock-off brand, to spray and wipe your windows. If they’re very dirty, you might need to wipe with a lint-free cloth. Newspaper works well to rub the window glass after washing and remove streaks. Try to use an older paper whose print has faded. This way you won’t end up with newer ink residue on your windows or walls.

Interesting tip for reducing window streaks while cleaning: Wash windows with horizontal strokes on the inside, and vertical strokes on the outside. This will help you find out which side the streak is on if you happen to spot some problem areas.

Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe
Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe

Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe:

  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup ammonia
  • ½ gallon water
  • 1 drop blue food coloring
  • 4 drops peppermint oil
  • 4 drops lemon oil
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Having trouble with frost forming on your freshly cleaned windows on a cold day?

  • Add a Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to your homemade window cleaner recipe before using.

How to remove hard water stains: Treat with straight vinegar.

How to Clean Vinyl Window Blinds
How to Clean Vinyl Window Blinds

How to Clean Vinyl Window Blinds:

Your best bet for cleaning window blinds is to wait for a warm, sunny day. You can clean them in the bathtub if you like, but it’s easier and less messy to do it outside, plus they’ll dry quickly in the sun.

Step 1: Mix up a bucket of Homemade Window Cleaner

Step 2: Spread an old plastic tablecloth on the lawn and lay the blinds on the tablecloth.

Step 3: Dip a sponge in the cleaner and wipe the blinds. Be careful not to cut your hands on the blinds as you wipe.

Step 4: If the blinds are especially grimy, you may want to scrub them with a cleaning brush.

Step 5: Hose off the blinds with a garden hose.

Step 6: Drape over a clothesline or fence to drip-dry in the sun.

To clean fabric blinds, try using a hand-held vacuum or tool with a brush attachment.

Quick and Easy Windowsill Homemade Cleaner
Quick and Easy Windowsill Homemade Cleaner

Quick and easy windowsill homemade cleaner:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon rubbing alcohol
  • Dip a clean cloth in and wipe the window sill

How to Clean Curtains:

Most curtains can be cleaned in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Partially dry on low, then hang damp to finish drying. That way, they won’t wrinkle.

TIP: To smooth wrinkles from still-hanging window curtains: mix up a spray of water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil, then spritz lightly.

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