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Need a recipe for cleaning really, really dirty windows

post #1 of 8
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My dh and I are finally getting around to cleaning our very dirty windows and I'd like a recipe for a really heavy duty window cleaner. It's been a long time since they've been cleaned so we need to bring out the big guns! Thanks for any help.
post #2 of 8
What's always been very effective for me is 3 parts vinegar/1 part water/a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle, I spray, let soak for a couple seconds, then wipe with microfiber cloth. If it's really REALLY bad I use a bucket of soap/water/vinegar and a scrubby sponge and lightly scrub them first, then go back and wipe with microfiber. HTH~
post #3 of 8
I offer a slight variation on the pp's suggestions. To get off the heavy stuff, a sponge and bucket of 1/4 cup washing soda: 2 cups white vinegar: 6 cups water. (It will bubble a bit, but that's normal and will stop after a few seconds.) Then, go back for a final cleaning with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.

I don't use microfiber cloths when I'm doing all my windows at once - I don't have enough of them. Old cotton dishtowels, washcloths, and tee shirts do nicely.
post #4 of 8
newspaper and wrapping paper type tissue paper works great, sometimes it will bleed on the frame so I only do he center of windows with the colored stuff and save the white tissue for the edges.

I say one of those green scrubby pads first to really scrub with.

ducking here on what product to use, because I still have a bottle of window cleaner left over from my previous life that I'm trying to use up (don't do windows that often)
post #5 of 8

Indoors or outdoors?

Like most people posted a bucket with water and some all purpose liquid be it dishwashing liquid for example and a rag (we use old diapers) works wonders! When cleaning outdoors I use hot soapy water and a rag to scrub the windows after hosing them off with water. Then I rinse them with the hose and wipe them dry on the glass only. (I live in FL.)

Sincerely,
Debra, homeschooling mom of 4 ages 10, 9, 7, and 4
post #6 of 8
They make a little gadget you can get at home depot. It is lambskin on one side(soft and fluffy) and the other is a squegee. My MIL used to pay this guy in hawaii big bucks to clean her "glass house". He used dawn in a bucket with warm water and that gadget. We bought one and our windows are so clean and streak free! It doesn't even look like a pane of glass is there.
post #7 of 8
I saw an episode of the "shopping bags" and the specialist on there said a squeege and plain ole dish liquid
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions! My dh and I have a fun-filled day of window washing planned this weekend. Woo hoo!
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