How To Clean Windows Effectively

Cleaning windows is a simple task, yet some tips can make your life easier plus save you some money (and time).

Cleaning a window without a trace

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Cleaning a window isn’t difficult in of itself, however you often risk leaving marks.
The first tip is to clean one side vertically, and the other one horizontally. You’ll spot more easily which one leaves traces.
Here are some other tips:

  • Avoid cleaning your windows during sunny days, when the product may dry too quickly.
  • Instead of a cloth, use some newspaper, and wipe in a circular motion.
  • You can also use a microfiber cloth that doesn’t shed.
  • Use a scraper from top to bottom, and use a cloth to wipe it properly.

Cleaning a window with no cleaner

alternative window cleaners
Specialty products to clean windows are far from being irreplaceable. In fact, alternatives are often more efficient.
You probably have in your place products that can do the job:

  • Dish-washing liquid diluted in warm water.
  • Ammonia and water: about half a glass per liter of water.
  • White vinegar mixed with some lemon juice, half a cup of laundry softener, and half a cup of dish-washing liquid.
  • The result will be as convincing, with the great bonus of being nearly free.

Green cleaning a window

green cleaning windows
It’s also possible to clean your windows without using any kind of chemicals aggressive towards the environment. Here are some green cleaning options:

  • Mix white vinegar in water (about a cup per liter of water), and fill a spray bottle with the result. You’ve got an all-natural cleaner.
  • Use microfiber cloth and clean water.
  • If your windows have grease on them, rub the stains with an onion before washing them off.


  1. I liked your tip to avoid cleaning windows on sunny days because the product might dry too fast. My windows seem perpetually dirty and I’ve been wondering why. I think it’s because I’ve been cleaning on sunny days! Maybe a professional would be better equipped to clean my windows than I am.

  2. My sister’s windows are full of smudges and dirt, which is why she has decided to start looking for some cleaning tips. Well, I agree with you that it would be best to use a dishwashing liquid and ammonia when cleaning the matter. Anyhow, just in case this won’t work, maybe it would be best to hire a cleaning service instead.

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