Cleaning windows is important – any smudges or streaks are easily noticeable, and no one wants a dirty window. Plus, a clean window allows more light into your home, which can save on electricity. Make sure you get the job done right by using the best way to clean windows.

The Best Way to Clean Windows

Before you start diving into cleaning, you need to remove the initial layer of dust or dirt from the window; otherwise, it will clump together with the window cleaning solution and smear all over the window. Take a brush or vacuum and remove as much as you can.

If the window screen is caked with dirt, pop it out and wash it in the sink with hot, soapy water and a brush. Let it dry before putting it back.

For shades or blinds in the way, wipe down both sides with a microfiber duster or a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth.

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The Window Cleaning Solution

Next, you can either use a store-bought window cleaning solution, like Windex, or you can make your own. For the homemade solution, mix two cups of water, ½ cup of white vinegar and ½ teaspoon of either dish soap, laundry detergent or rubbing alcohol; all three have people who swear by them.

Pour your solution into a spray bottle and spray down the window. Try to do one window at a time as you need to dry the window quickly to avoid streaks. Be sure to place a large towel on the floor to catch any dripping solution.

Wipe down the windows with microfiber cloths. Most people use either newspapers or paper towels, but you should avoid them; they can leave streaks or smudges and paper towels are known for ripping and leaving behind lint. Also avoid steel wool or harsh scrubbing cloths, as they will scratch your beautiful windows.

When cleaning, start at the top and work your way down. A cleaning tip is to wipe one size horizontally and the other side of the window vertically. This lets you see which side the streaks are on, if there are any streaks.

How Often Should I Clean My Windows?

Most people recommend cleaning your windows about twice a year: once in the spring and again in the fall, right before the holiday season when friends and family come over to celebrate. Others say once a month, but really, it depends on you and how quickly your windows can get dirty.

If after cleaning your windows you still notice dirt, do a second layer of cleaning just to be safe.

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