One of the most tiresome chores that everyone has to do at some point in their life is windows cleaning. Even though it seems like an easy thing to do at first, in order to end up with perfectly clean windows, one has to do them on the inside and on the outside several times in order to get rid of any and all dust, and then once again, until they are sparkling clean. And even then, there are always some traces left. In this article, you will find out about some of the easier and more natural ways of cleaning windows.
In order to have your windows perfectly shining, you only need to know of a few secret ingredients you can find at home, as well as how to combine them. Before I get to the ingredients, however, I must mention that it is essential to clean windows when there is no direct sunlight and when it is not too hot, as the water dries out fast and there is insufficient moisture left for shining the window. Secondly, in order to see if there are any traces left, you must clean part of the window from top to bottom, and the other part from left to right. What is more, heavily polluted windows must be cleaned with a wet towel, which should either be made of pure cotton or, if it is a paper one, the paper should be hard to the touch, so as not to leave fuzz on the glass.
And now, the “secret ingredients” that are not only cheap, but also harmless, contrary to most of the widely used cleaning agents.
Ammonia is often the main ingredient of many pharmaceutical products and is also used in commercial cleaning products. A 10-per-cent ammonia solution can be easily found in a drug store. When cleaning windows with ammonia, you should combine one part solution with four parts water.
Small stains on the windows can be cleaned with a fine abrasive, such as toothpaste or chalk, which also prevents scratching the glass.
Fine salt can also be used for the much dirtier parts. Take a moist sponge, spread some salt on the soft side, and carefully apply it on the glass. Another technique is to dissolve 1 tbsp cornstarch in 1 l water, or to grease the windows with some oil, leaving it on for an hour, so that it can absorb the dirt, and then cleaning the oil with a wet towel. Afterwards, cleaning the windows is a piece of cake.
Glycerin has hygroscopic properties, meaning that it easily absorbs water. In order to prevent dust from sticking to your window, make a solution of 7 tbsp glycerin, 3 tbsp water and 10 drops of ammonia. Spray the windows with the solution and clean up with a hard paper towel.
When it comes to winter, windows often become steamed and fingerprints stick to them. In order to prevent this, dampen a cotton towel with alcohol and rub it in the windows.
The last, and most effective means to clean windows, is the newspaper. Newspapers are made of highly hygroscopic paper that does not leave fuzz on the glass. So, once you are done with cleaning the layers of dirt, finish it off with some window cleaning agent and you will be left with windows so clean that you might not even notice them!